First, I suggest you visit that person’s profile. What does he/she do? Are they in a related field? Could they be a potential referral or resource? Do you have connections in common that you recognize?
Then, if that person seems interesting, go back to the pending invitation and click on the arrow that you see in the upper right hand corner (see below). From there LinkedIn’s Messenger will open up and you’ll be able to reply without accepting their request.
When you don’t know someone (or don’t know them well), but you’re interested in connecting with him/her on LinkedIn, don’t make the mistake of sending LinkedIn’s generic invitation. Take the extra moment to personalize the invite, explain why you’re reaching out and start a conversation. Maybe you met briefly at an event or have colleagues in common, etc. Whatever you do, engage!
Remember, when you show a genuine interest in others, they’ll find you interesting (Chapter. 4 “Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget”).
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