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I know I’m not the first to say this, but please please, if you want to link-in with me, I need a reason.  I am happy to make your acquaintance but if you use the standard “add you to my professional network” that’s not good enough.  Have we met before? Do you have a product or service that I should know about?  I just want to know why you think I’d be a good connection and I will happily click “accept.”

And by the way, if you haven’t posted a picture or completed your profile, don’t bother asking.

Rant over.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

2 Comments

  1. David Landis says:

    So just because isn’t good enough? 🙂 Actually, I agree. . .but I also recognize the value of linking in with people who normally I wouldn’t consider to be business partners. You never know when a new acquaintance could reap business success. Cheers, David

  2. Ken Jacobs says:

    I agree with you both 🙂

    I always include a reason for wanting to connect, even if it’s probably obvious. I’m much more inclined to accept a LInkedIn invitation from someone if they’ve taken the 30 seconds to explain why they want to connect. I’ll accept an invitation from someone who hasn’t bothered to fill in the blanks, if it’s obvious that it might benefit me to connect with them, but I always think “Duude, you couldn’t take 30 seconds?!”

    But if someone wants to link in with me, it’s not obvious what the mutual benefits will be, AND they couldn’t take the time to tell me why? I generally don’t bother. It’s hard enough to keep up with my connections as is!

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