Just say “no”

noI get at least 5 unsolicited LinkedIn connection requests a day, 99.9% of which from people I do not know.

One day I opened up my LinkedIn message box and the entire social media class at a Southeast Asian university asked me to connect!

Often the unsolicited connection request message is the boilerplate, bland, boring, lazy one (I think I made the point!) that LinkedIn allows you to send without personalizing the message.

And all too often these come from a media expert or communications consultant or in this case a business development person…really!

So I either disregard and deep-six them or I send a message back if I have any inkling of how I can help the requester.

Here’s a recent interchange that results in my saying “no”:


I think I was professional and made it clear why not.

I wonder if the receiver will get my point… I hope he will see that there was nothing conveyed in his request making me want to connect to him.

One down and thousands to go…


About connect2collaborate

LinkedIn coach and evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate more!
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