Request Connections for Online Networking [98 words]
When you request connections on social media, send a direct message or invitation that explains why you want to connect. Remember, networking isn’t marketing. When you connect, you might say, “I appreciated your comments on this article and would like to follow you for more insights.” Or try, “I’m hoping to build my network in this industry. Would you be open to a connection?” It’s important to be clear that you’re not trying to sell anything and that you have some common interests. Be sincere, and you’ll see results.
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Amy C. Waninger is the Founder & CEO of Lead at Any Level, where she improves employee engagement and retention for companies that promote from within. Amy offers assessments, advisory services, and training on essential skills for inclusive leaders. She is the author of eight books. Learn more at www.LeadAtAnyLevel.com