LinkedIn is one of the older Social Networking sites, and it has managed to survive many technology changes. With over 380 million users, and 2 people joining per second, this is a platform that can not be overlooked for connecting with people and increasing your network.
I have made many great connections with some amazing people on LinkedIn, and I am very grateful for being connected to them as they conduct themselves as professionals.
They are keen to add value to other people, communities and groups, but these are not the people I want to talk about today.
As my network grows on LinkedIn, so does the number of connection requests I receive, and sadly so do the number of pitches I get from other Network Marketers.
As a Network Marketer, I understand that people want to pitch their business opportunity to you, but it’s the way they do it that has prompted me to write about this.
How NOT To Prospect On Linkedin
The following scenario has happened to me many times recently, and is something that I hope you are not doing to your connections.
- Connection request is received from a complete stranger
- I check out their profile, and assuming they have a profile photo, and a completed profile page, I accept the connection request
- No sooner have I accepted the connection, than I am sent an email that has obviously been copied and pasted (due to it’s length, and how quickly it was sent), and the email is full of links to all sorts of information, and links pertaining to their amazing, ground breaking opportunity
(I will write a blog post soon that explains how to respond to these people)
The most recent person who did this to me, had not viewed my profile, they knew nothing about me, and yet they were keen for me to join their business.
The first thing I think when this happens to me is, this person is an amateur, and potentially an absolute beginner. It’s not really their fault, they just don’t know any better, and haven’t been educated on how to make connections with people correctly.
If you are using these tactics with your new connections on LinkedIn, you might want to think about stopping it. It doesn’t work, it’s rude, and you are essentially starting a new connection with someone by disrespecting them.
Something else that bothers me about this type of tactic is, why would someone want you to become a member of their team without knowing a single thing about you?
We may not get along, I may not be coachable, I may be very lazy, and unmotivated to build the business, which in turn will be of no benefit to you.
If I am already established with my current company, why would I want to “jump ship” and join someone else’s company?
Final Thoughts on Linkedin
LinkedIn is a great place to connect with people, learn from people, and a place where you can add value to discussions, and maybe help people solve some of their problems.
Treat your new connections with respect, and take the time to get to know more about them, without the need to try and prospect them.
By treating people in this way, you will build long term relationships that may benefit both of you in the future, and who knows, if you develop your skills in relationship building, some people may end up joining your team of their own accord.
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