A LinkedIn question I hear so often from my clients is, “Christine, how do I connect on LinkedIn with people I admire, but don’t yet know? What’s the etiquette?”
As the LinkedIn #1 All Time Top Female Expert, ranked Top 1% LinkedIn Most Viewed Profile and a site user since 2006, I have four primary ways I connect on LinkedIn with those I admire…but don’t yet know.
1. View the person’s LinkedIn profile and send them a personalized connection request…with a sentence about why you admire them and want to connect on LinkedIn.
IMPORTANT: Do not sell or include any links!
People who want to network with others usually have their profile set to be public, so this is a great way to get more information about how to connect and engage with them on LinkedIn and elsewhere online.
NOTE: It’s critical that they don’t mark your invitation “IDK” or “I Don’t Know”! If this does happen and you get 5 IDK’s your account will be restricted.
2. Click on their LinkedIn profile links to find out more about what they’re doing and engage with them there, e.g., Twitter, FaceBook, website, blog, etc.
3. View the LinkedIn Groups they belong to on their profile, join them and start engaging.
4. Finally, do a Google search for their name to find out more about what they’re doing…and where. It’s amazing how much information you can find out about someone by scrolling through the search results. This is also an excellent way to find out more about someone who has their LinkedIn profile set to be more private.
Once you’re connected with them, be sure to make your interactions value-rich by focusing on what you admire about them and what you can do for them.
If you’re interested in getting more details on exactly how you can connect with people you don’t yet know on LinkedIn, click here to qualify for your complimentary LinkedIn Results strategy session with me to explore that and to find out what you can do to have a results breakthrough. I have a limited number of appointments available and request that only people who are serious about dramatically increasing their results on LinkedIn apply for a time to talk.
QUESTION: How do you connect on LinkedIn with people you admire, but don’t yet know?
I’d love to hear in the comments below.
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