Yesterday I get this email from a LinkedIn connection. It made me laugh since it was such a poor request for a referral. BTW, this is the first time I’ve ever heard from this person who lives out of state. It came off my old 17,000 person account. Good thing, because if it was on my new account, I would have dropped her in a heartbeat.
Here’s what it said:
It’s renee from LinkedIn !! The reason why I am contacting you is to ask you for some help. I am expanding my business in your area and was wondering if we could set up a time to chat so I can fill you in on what I am doing, in hope of getting some referrals. I know how valuable your time is and it will only take about 15 minutes. I have a few time slots available on Thursday, let me know what time works for you.
Renee (her last name, the business name and phone was listed in the email but I’m going to withhold it, you you get the idea)
That same day, I get an email from a “LinkedIn expert” that’s going to show me how to leverage LinkedIn and get 2000 leads a week (yes he really said that) and what a cool dude he is because he has 30,000 connections. Like that’s going to impress me? No, I’m not impressed. I call that a spammer!
Wow, there’s such a huge market out there for my training I don’t even know where to begin. Too many so called experts are teaching bad habits that will get you in a lot of hot water with LinkedIn. You could get your account restricted and even terminated if you follow some of this terrible advice. LinkedIn can be a lot of fun and profitable if you understand how the game is played and play by their rules.
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