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As I periodically do, Iâm tending to the backlog of LinkedIn invitations that Iâve received, and Iâm struck again by how the vast, vast majority (say, 99% ?), are not personalized in the least little way.
And although the theory of LinkedIn is that every connection should be welcomed, Iâm finding it difficult to believe that anything usefulâand I just mean in the way of writing-related conversation, NOT a lead to a future job or anythingâwill come of connecting with someone who doesnât even take the time to say where I might know the person from or why I might want to connect.
I can assume that many of these invitations come from participants in the many groups and listservs in which I participate, but thatâs just itâI participate in so many that itâs hard to keep up and recognize everyone. But of all people, Iâd expect my fellow writers to want to add a sentence or two to the default message that results from clicking âPeople You May Know.â
So two questions:
1. When youâre on the receiving end of invitations, do you treat them any differently based on whether theyâve been personalized? Why or why not?
2. When you send invitations, why or why not do you choose to personalize the message?
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