EXAMPLE ENGLISH EMAIL
SAMPLE BUSINESS EMAIL
"ESSENTIALS FOR NETWORKING WITH STRANGERS ON LINKEDIN , Xing™ AND, facebook™"
COMPANY BUSINESS EMAIL
I see that you are a member of [XYZ group].
I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn [XING™, facebook™].
ACHTUNG! DAS IST ZU WENIG UND ZU UNPERSÖNLICH!
First, delete the default invitation text, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on Linkedin.”!!
Instead, begin your message with an appropriate greeting using the intended recipient’s name!
State your reason for wanting that person to be one of your LinkedIn connections, specifically how accepting your invitation can be beneficial for the recipient.
Be sure to include a personalized closing with your name!
Social media for career search and management.
1. Avoid the default (generic!) invitation line.
2. "Be timely! When you meet other professionals in person (the most valuable way to connect) and exchange business cards, get LinkedIn within 24 hours! The other person will remember your conversation and appreciate your timeliness.
Always personalize your invitation to connect in some way!!! The person who is asking to connect with s.o. must personalize their message. The main reason why those want to connect with s.o. is to use their connections and that’s not the goal of LinkedIn.
4. If you invites s.o. and you've never met but have worked in the same organization or attended the same school (different years/locations etc.) he/she will turn these down unless someone he/she knows well has made an introduction! This is for his/her own protection as well as for the protection of the people within their network.
5. When sending LinkedIn, XING or FACEBOOK invitations, always include a personal note in the invitation.
6. Answer the question: What is your connection to this person? Go beyond something system-generated!
7. Explain why you want to connect with the person. Just say something.
Your message should show them that you actually care about connecting with them - (and you weren't just trolling LinkedIn, hoping to get your connections past the 500 mark). They are simply collecting Linkedin connections.
There’s nothing worse than receiving a LinkedIn request with the standard, generic format and not having any earthly idea who the person is or why he/she wants to connect with you.
Is it a mutual career field or interest? Do you have connections in common?
Are you connected through LinkedIn Groups?
Point out similar backgrounds, education, or experience.
If all else fails, tell the prospective contact what you hope you both will gain from the connection.
Open communication is always best.
LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool if used in the manner in which it was designed.
If you’re approaching the CEO/founder of startup on LinkedIn, XING or facebook as part of a job search, start and end by showing your enthusiasm for their business.
Your expertise, background, and skill set should take a backseat to your enthusiasm and passion for their business.
You want to get their attention and break the ice? Lead with that and you’re in.
But it’s important to thank the person in advance for agreeing to connect.
Never forget LinkedIn is about building professional relationships so start it off with professional courtesy.
Offer to help [him/her] in any way possible and encourage them to call on you.
That way, your potential contact feels like they can benefit from the connection.
Remember, you can get what you are willing give!
If the recipient can identify a clear way in which someone adds value to those in his own network–or he feel s that he can for them– he/she ’ll invite/accept!"]
Suggest a next action. A phone call. Sending them a link. Coffee. Making an introduction. If you’re particularly interested in developing this relationship, make a commitment and then keep it. ]
Hey, [John] I saw on your profile that you attended [... / XYZ] University. I have a great friend who [... / went there and have heard great things about it. I’d love the opportunity to connect with you. Thanks! Have a great day.”
I am also engaged with [... / this group] and would like to share some ideas with you. Please accept my invitation to connect.
We have a mutual friend in (... /XY/John Miller/write someone’s name!)
We’ve all experienced the frustration of sending out a LinkedIn™ invitation and getting ignored.
I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn [XING™, facebook™].
Would you accept my LinkedIn™ [... / Xing™ / facebook™ Profile invite?
I am new [... to the area] and am wanting to build my network.
I would be interested in obtaining any suggestions or contacts that you think would be in line with my background and work experience.
Thank you so much for accepting my LinkedIn Profile invite. I would be interested in obtaining any suggestions or contacts that you think would be in line with my background and work experience ...
Hi! I’m Linda, and I remember the interesting conversation we had at the [.... Society] meeting in [... / June].
Hi, it was nice meeting you [... / this morning| at [... / XYZ networking meeting]
I enjoyed our conversation
I have a friend in [.../London/NYC/Cologne] with a job opening — I’m hoping you might know someone it’s a fit for. It’s easiest to forward it to you via LinkedIn since that’s where the job listing is. And…we should be connected anyway.
We spoke [.../last year] when [... /xyz / I was helping ... .
Having It All. Love your [... Entrepreneur website], and what you and [XY] are doing with the [... / Economy/Business].
Love to connect our networks and find out who a good connection for you is.
Create a great day,
We have never met but [Steve Jobs was/...XY] is a friend and since my company is looking for [... / experts to outsource ... / social media services to, I would like to get to know you better....
I am pleased that we operate [... / think] on the same wavelength [... / in this matter].
I was wondering if you would be interested in joining my network, ...
Our paths haven’t crossed recently, but I remember you from [... / ... ] and I’d like to ...
We met at the [..../ XY event] in [.../London]. I loved hearing about your [XY] business. I would like to connect with you on LinkedIn if that’s all right with you. With thanks,
We both know [..../XY/Bill Gates]. He has recommended I get in touch as we both operate in the [.../XY/digital marketing] sector and there could be opportunities to collaborate. Would you like to connect? With thanks, Linda
I found you on Twitter, and just love your blog posts. I would like to connect so we can share great content.
With thanks, Linda
“Would you mind talking about the [... XY Company] project [we did together?”
I noticed we are both connected to [XY / John Miller] – how do you know [John].?
I first met [him/her] at [... / ... / XYCompany], and he/she actually [... / photographed my wedding]. Small world.
I wanted to touch base with you because [... / I saw an open position at YX Company]
I thought it would be [a great fit for me].
I’m located in [.../London] now, and do [... / social media strategy for a digital marketing agency here in the city].
[It’s a fun role, but you know how agencies are – fingers in a lot of different businesses, but no ability to truly own a marketing program.]
It looks like I would be able to [... / do that with the Marketing Communications Manager role that is posted.]
Would you mind if I called you some time this week to hear about your experience at [.../XY Company] and your perspective on [.../ the marketing organization there]?
Would you mind if I called you this week for just 10 or 15 minutes?
I’d really appreciate it.
Thank you for taking the time [... / to comment]. I appreciate [... / your comment] and the fact that you [... / use Linkedin to build your network and make it work]. ...
I love to meet forward thinking people
and professionals on LinkedIn. We are both members of the Linked [XY] group and I came across your profile and I would like to connect with you. I m working in the field of [...] and ...
really enjoyed your article you wrote on [...] and would love to connect to and follow your work. I'm in ... / I run a [...] at [...] and frequently have to [ interview ... for open positions]. I am allways looking for [ways to improve ...]. Keep up [... / the good work].
[Be smart; say, “thank you” when you’re invited on LinkedIn!]
Thank you for accepting my invite
Thank you for inviting me to be in your network
Thank you very much for your invitation to connect. Can you refresh my memory as to how we know each other”?--
I do a lot a networking, tell me where we met so I can get a better handle on our relationship
Thanks for the invite to connect. How may I help you?
I am happy to connect if you can explain how we both will benefit
Thanks for the offer, could you tell me more about yourself cnd how we could help each other?
I usually only accept invitations to connect from people I have already done business with or by introductions and recommendations from others in my network. However I look forward to [.../reading your Tweets] and getting to know you better that way.
[WITHDRAW OR CANCEL PENDING LINKEDIN INVITATION?
LINKEDIN: DEALING WITH THE UNWANTED INVITATION -
Don't allow someone to join your network and use it as a link to get a bigger list of clients, or possibly abuse, harm, or stalk your circle.
But my recommendation is allways to be very kind and decline it in a very polite respond! HOW TO POLITELY DECLINE A LINKEDIN INVITATION:]
We haven't worked together closely enough/for a long enough time for me to recommend you.
I haven't had the opportunity yet to work with you in a significant enough way for me to be able to endorse you.
I'm sorry, I didn't see your message for so long because I really don't do much on LinkedIn. Sorry, but I hardly know you. Hope you don't mind!
... thanks for the invitation to connect but I don't believe we know each other, is there anything I can do for you ?
Thank you so much for finding me on LinkedIn. I'm a bit old fashioned in how I handle invitations here, and I have a personal policy of not connecting with anyone virtually on LinkedIn before I've actually met them in person.
It's a commitment I've made to those who have trusted me with their contact info, and it's important to me to be able to speak about someone personally should another connection ask for a referral or how I know you.
Having said that, I'd love to get a cup of coffee sometime and get to know you a bit. If you're interested in that please do let me know!
I appreciate your understanding and hope to learn more about you and how our connection might enhance both of our professional endeavors.
I only connect (create a permanent referral link) with people I know well professionally, and in most cases have actually worked on some kind of project together.
I’m honored you asked for a recommendation. Thanks for thinking of me. Because I haven’t worked enough with you professionally, I fear my recommendation wouldn’t be useful.
... unfortunately, on this occasion, I don’t feel that I’m best placed to help with an introduction...
I’m sorry, but on this occasion, I don’t feel that I’m best placed to help you…
Thank you for the invitation, but I have no more room for any more LinkedIns.
Thanks for inviting me to connect on LinkedIn. I would love to start a dialog, get to know each other and find out how we might be of service to each other. You have my email, so feel free to drop me a line and we can get started. However, I do use LinkedIn as they recommend and as my experience has shown to give me the best return on my time investment, and I only connect (create a permanent referral link) with people I know well professionally, and in most cases have actually worked on some kind of project together. If you’re truly interested in a relationship and not just a link, I look forward to hearing from you.