So you’ve made a connection on LinkedIn…now what? Do you store them like baseball cards or move them to a real world conversation?
This is a topic which has been touched on a bit in other posts of the #31DaysOfLinkedIn effort because it is important. LinkedIn is more professional than the other platforms of social media so therefore it lends itself to more real world calls to action.
If connections are paying attention.
(Also: this post is not meant to be a dating guide to LinkedIn. Although, that kind of activity needs to stop before more professional reputations are ruined.)
If someone asks to connect with you on LinkedIn
There are two schools of thought when it comes to accepting connections: LION and selective. LION was pretty popular in the early days of LinkedIn but has mostly gone away as a name but is still alive as a practice. A Linked In Open Networker is someone who accepts all invitations to connect from all askers. I’ve never been sure of what non-sales related benefit this brings to either party. LinkedIn actually frowns upon this practice.
A selective user picks and chooses who they connect with based on the quality of the invitation, if they used the default invitation text, or a hundred other factors.
I myself find myself somewhere in the middle. I generally accept invitations but check out the profile first to see if its going to be a sales pitch which I don’t have time for or interest in. Go ahead and ask me and see if you make the cut!
So how do you move a connection to a real life conversation when they initiated the connection? This is the easier one, they asked so there is some interest in you, what you do, or what you may be able to do together. Check out their profile if you have accepted the connection and send a message asking, basically, “what’s up?” to begin with and then move to a real world conversation if there is mutual interest.
Real life can be over the phone, over the Skype or similar, or face-to-face if geography or upcoming events are helpful. The decision is yours.
If you asked someone to connect on LinkedIn
The #31DaysOfLinkedIn Posts from @RocketGroup
#31DaysOfLinkedIn – Introduction and Recap
A Look at LinkedIn Endorsements and Recommendations
Add Project Details to Your LinkedIn
Building Relationships on LinkedIn
Comparing LinkedIn Audiences to Other Social Platforms through @GaryVee
Educate, Inform, and Entertain Yourself with LinkedIn Groups
Kids, LinkedIn is for Professional Stuff
LinkedIn Premium: How Do They Work?
LinkedIn: Connect with the Right People, the Right Way
Manage Your LinkedIn Activities
Optimize Your LinkedIn Headline
Professionally Mingling on LinkedIn
Recruiting and Hiring on LinkedIn
Say No to the Default on LinkedIn
Setting a Schedule for LinkedIn Activity
Share (Professional) Stuff on LinkedIn
Sharing and Getting Shared on LinkedIn
Sharing Content on LinkedIn Effectively
Spread Out Your LinkedIn Posts
Taking LinkedIn to the Real World
To Pay or Not to Pay for LinkedIn
Want to Get Found on LinkedIn?
What We Learned During #31DaysOfLinkedIn
Who Viewed My LinkedIn Profile?