Do I even matter to you, or am I just a number? That is what I tell myself every time I see a connection request on multiple social media sites.
If we are going to connect, I would like to know more about you. Why not WOW me with writing my name in a brief message. Remind me the last time we saw one another. Tell me a little about yourself. I’m not asking for much.
Try personalizing it a little with two to three sentences of originality. There is a lot of automation to make our lives simpler, but connecting to one another should never feel like a robotic command.
I know life gets busy and sometimes there isn’t time to personalize. What is going to happen when I gain a new client project, celebrate a birthday, or share an update? Will there be time for personalization then?
The lack of personalization provides me with a preview of our future networking relationship will play out. And if that is how it is going to be, I will be respectful and kind to you when I meet or see you again, but I will decline your request online.
If you LIKE my business page on Facebook, you will see a common thing happening on Fridays I call a “Friday Focus”. The topic varies by what you suggest or what comes to mind. My goal is to help YOU, the reader, to take away something valuable than you may not have considered before. If you want to contribute to an upcoming Friday Focus, please leave me a comment and we can make it happen.