In an effort to curb his “anger” and “aggravation” — and to better cope with everyday frustrations — a friend of mine created his own blog, with a URL that appropriately reads, angryandIknowit.com. In this blog, he will frequently (tounge-in-cheek) “throw punches” or deliver “swift kicks in the pants” to those whom he deems best exemplifies “knucklehead” behavior.
In this post I wanted to “steal” his schtick and deliver a swift kick in the pants to those who do not personalize their LinkedIn invitations. My personal belief is that utlizing the text of the default invitation (and all default messaging on Linked In, for that matter) is simply a sign of laziness – or as one blogger wrote, “… a statement of want without a sign of reciprocation… and this defies the true definition of networking.”
As you likely know, the default invite on LinkedIn reads as follows: "I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn." Not very enticing, is it? Nor is it very informative or helpful to build a valued connection. A better approach (and, undoubtedly, a more effective approach to get the recipient to accept the invitation) is to attach a thoughtful note to it – including how you know me, what we have in common and why you
would like to connect. Please take the extra 20-30 seconds and personalize your message!
5 Options for the Invitation Recipient
Upon receipt of an Invitation, the recipient has 5 options:
- Accept — Clicking this button will add the person as one of your first-degree connections.
- Reply — Allows the recipient to Reply to the invitation without accepting it
- Ignore — Moves the invitation to your "Archived" folder without accepting it (invitation sender is not notified)
- Report as Spam — As the name suggests, reports you as spam to LinkedIn
- I Don’t Know [Name] — If you click this link, it will prevent that member from sending you any more invitations. It may also require the sender to enter an email address with each future invitation.
It’s important to note that if you get too many “Report as Spam” or “I Don’t Know [Name]” designations, LinkedIn may restrict your account. Therefore, avoid this from happening by personalizing your message. The recipients will be appreciative – and I won’t have to deliver any punches or swift kicks in the pants.