And now that you are starting your early career, her advice has never been more important: in life and on LinkedIn.
When to Send a Thank You Note
Some networkers are adding dozens of connections to their LinkedIn network each week, so sending a personal “thank you” to every person may not be possible. At the very least, you must send a thank-you note when:
- You accept an inbound connection request from someone who meets one of your most important strategic connection criteria.
- Someone accepts your outbound connection request.
You have their attention; so don’t miss this opportunity to impress! Send them a note expressing your gratitude, which just may encourage them to give you a call. Even better, they’ll remember your good manners and consider you next time they or someone within their network needs help with a project.
The Perfect Thank You: They Invited You to Connect
Your thank you need not be a novel, and might even come from a template you save in a MS Word document. In all cases, it is advantageous to make the note highly personal; perhaps by mentioning something said in their invitation to you.
Here’s what I typically say:
<First Name> –
Hello! Thanks for the invitation to connect, and welcome to my network.
I’m very interested in your <subject mentioned in their connection request or from their LinkedIn profile>. Perhaps we can find some time to talk how I might be able to help?
The Perfect Thank You: You Invited Them to Connect
In this case the note should specifically state the reason you wanted to connect with them, and how the connection may prove to be mutually-beneficial. Here are a few easy ways to spark engagement:
- Include a link to a blog post or helpful resource
- Request a time for a phone call or meeting
- Ask if they know a person in your network they might consider a valuable connection
Does this take extra time? Of course.
Will it be worth the effort? Without question.
I add twenty to thirty people to network each week by following these steps – and many of them have become valuable contacts, clients and mentors.
LinkedIn is so much more than a social media site. It’s a powerful tool to help you grow your personal network, sphere of influence, and business.
Make your mom proud… say “thank you”!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Power Formula!
About the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. He is an experienced businessman, speaker and author who has shared his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals through private business consulting and dynamic presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine, the American Marketing Association, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Wayne is the author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. Connect with Wayne on Twitter.