Naked LinkedIn Invitation

Sending out Naked LinkedIn Connection Requests will not help you to create honest, transparent and mutually beneficial LinkedIn connections. In order to make a real, meaningful and mutually beneficial LinkedIn connection, you need to put a little effort into it.

Today, with the “People you may know beta” feature in LinkedIn, it’s pretty easy to peruse or “harvest” LinkedIn connections and build your connection list to astronomical levels.

You scroll down thru the continuously growing list of people that LinkedIn feels you may know, click on Connect, and then on Send Invitation.

Even the original way of sending an invitation has the option for you to do it wrong.

Often I get a LinkedIn connection request saying we are Friends, and I’ve never talked with the person. I regularly get a connection request saying we worked together, went to the University of Maryland together or that we did business together, and each of these examples were completely untrue.

Frequently I get a LinkedIn connection request using the Other option which means they have my email address, which is public information. Unlike the options above, there is nothing wrong with this.

The big failure and the reason I call these Naked LinkedIn Connection Requests is because of what people add to the Text Box  above the Send Invitation button.

They Add NOTHING – they leave the default text of :

“I’d like to add you to my professional network.
– I don’t care enough to add anything” (OK I changed the name to this to make a point)

You want to make LinkedIn connections that can help you in your business, career and community.

With LinkedIn, you should want to make a connection that can help you. You should want to connect with people who you can help. The most important thing you should be thinking about is how to make Mutually Beneficial Relationships.  Using the default invitation text does not help you start down this path.

I suggest you type something that indicates why you want to connect (honest), how you are relevant to each other and how the newly developing relationship can help each other (transparent).

I want to connect with people who say things like:

“I met you at one of your public events and enjoyed learning about your Social Media training programs. I want to stay in touch with you and your future events.

{Name of a real Business Professional Person}”


“We recently met at a Networking event and with my developing career in sales and business development, I want to connect so I can stay informed of new Social media ideas that you may have.

{Name of a Relationship Builder Person}”

or (Better yet)

“A mutual friend passed your contact information on to me and suggested that I connect with you to learn more about your business. I would love to do coffee at your convenience.

{Name of a really nice Person}”

Say something personal, relevant, transparent and honest in your LinkedIn connection request so that you start off on the right foot building LinkedIn connections that can be mutually beneficial.

Please – don’t send out Naked LinkedIn Connection Requests. Be better than this

Use a Naked LinkedIn connection requests only if you want to collect business cards that offer no real mutual value. (just saying)


Author: tlburriss

I am a Networking Strategist and LinkedIn coach and Trainer. I live by my personal edict, "Networking is finding, developing and nurturing relationships that mutually move people forward thru life." I want to help people become better Networkers and better LinkedIn users focused on their business and career goals.

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