7 LinkedIn Messages You Should Never Send

Do you get LinkedIn messages that you consider Spam?

Perhaps you are wondering what you should or shouldn’t do on LinkedIn.

Here are 7 messages that you should never send on LinkedIn and why.

  1. The Default Connection Request.   It is rare that I accept these. If someone does take the time to write to me and tell me why they want to connect with me, I almost always accept their connection request.
  1. Requesting a Recommendation from someone you don’t know. If you don’t know the person, don’t ask for a recommendation or an endorsement.

Recommendations are a very important part of “Social Proof” as when people are in doubt who to do business with, they look to the decisions others have made.   People want to see what others are saying before they make a decision as to which product or service to invest in.

  1. I see you Viewed MY Profile.   While it is a good idea to regularly check who has viewed your profile and to reach out to them, you should find another reason to explain why you are connecting, rather than simply saying “ I see you viewed my profile.”   Tell them why you would like to connect with them.
  1. Requesting too much too soon from new connections.   I often get the first email requesting to talk with me but they don’t give me a reason. I don’t know anything about them, I don’t know what they want to talk about and they are requesting to take time out of my already very busy day. Always, yes always, build a relationship with your connections on LinkedIn before asking for their time.

In business, think about what you did when you were dating. You need to build a relationship with people before you ask them for their time. Always, give them a reason why you want to chat with them.

  1. Pitching your product or service.  This will definitely turn most people off.   LinkedIn like most social media, is a platform to find, connect, and build relationships with your ideal clients. Don’t pitch your services if you haven’t built some kind of relationship. To get the best results, provide value and build some credibility and trust first, then ask to take the relationship further.
  1. Mass messages. Because LinkedIn will list everyone’s contact information, I highly recommend never to send mass messages or bulk messages.  I’m sure you got irritated when someone in the list responded because whenever anyone responds everyone sees it.
  1. Overtly personal messages.   Regardless of whether you think you are being respectful in your approach to sending this type of message, you need to think about how the other person will receive it. The person on the other side might not feel the same way in which you meant it to be received.

Remember LinkedIn is not a dating site, it is a business platform. Always keep it professional.

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