How to invite a contact you don’t know to your LinkedIn network

What do you do with an invitation you receive on LinkedIn from someone you don’t know ? Someone who just sends the standard message from LinkedIn and doesn’t even make the effort of explaining why they would like to be connected with you … ?


My husband asked me recently: “why do they want to be connected to me if they don’t know me and they don’t even tell me why I should connect to them?”

There are two possible answers to this:

  1. They are just trying to increase the numbers of their network. So they definitely deserve to be deleted right away.
  2. They don’t know how easy it is to personalize the default message in LinkedIn and give some explanation about the reasons why I should not delete the invite but accept to be connected with this person.

I shot a short screencast to show you how easy it is to personalize the message when you invite someone on LinkedIn to be connected to your network:

I hope this has been helpful. As you can see I’m now experimenting with video. Still camera shy, but at least you get to hear my voice


Sarah Santacroce

Sarah is an internationally recognized LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor who has personally coached, mentored and guided over 1,900 entrepreneurs. She helps them position themselves as experts on LinkedIn, shows them how to find & express their unique voice & stand out as thought leaders. As a result they find their tribe, get the recognition they deserve & a steady flow of clients – with ease & not sleaze. In addition to her LinkedIn expertise, Sarah is known for helping fellow introverts market their business authentically & anxiety-free, sell their services & make a difference. She’s also the host of the ‘Introvert Biz Growth’ podcast where she has conversations with introverts who have grown their business using their introverted super powers. She lives in beautiful Switzerland where she was born and raised, but considers herself an alternative thinking citizen of this world who’s on a mission to bring more kindness to business. When she’s not working she loves adventure & traveling (ask her about her alter ego in Sicily), yoga & nature walks or hanging out with her 3 boys (a husband and two teenage sons).

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