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I personally prefer to make introductions outside of LinkedIn. I prefer this method because I get to confirm my relationship with the person I am asking to make the introduction and I get to confirm their relationship with the person I need an introduction to. I refer to this as a more personal and less sanitary introduction. Read LinkedIn Connections
However LinkedIn has made this feature available to you. Therefore if you are going to use it, let me give you some tips to get the best value from LinkedIn Introductions.
#1 – Never ask for a LinkedIn Introduction of someone you do not know well. You need to have a good relationship with this person so that they make the best possible introduction.
#2 – When you send the LinkedIn Introduction request, make sure you use words in your request message that you want the person you are seeking an introduction to will appreciate. So don’t write, “Dude, you owe me a beer and an into because I made 3 for you last month.” Heck, don’t barter intro requests at all, let alone say it.
#3 – Don’t abuse your connections with repeated and irrelevant LinkedIn Introduction requests. Your connections are not there to answer to your every beckon & call. Treat them with respect, just as you would want them to treat you.
#4 – When you ask for an introduction, be clear with your contact about the reason you want an introduction. The reason should be relevant, honest and guided by the desire to create a mutually beneficial relationship, not just to SELL something to the person you want an intro to. Remember, selling comes later.
At the end of the day, your value in LinkedIn is your relationships with your contacts. Follow the mantra of “People helping Others”, be honest & fair and your value will increase with your contacts.
Strive to always make TRUHE (Transparent, Relevant, Useful, Honest & Engaging) LinkedIn Introductions.
Here is a quick video on how to use LinkedIn Introductions
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