Communicating on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has been a great platform for me to communicate and connect with professionals. I’ve interacted with quite a few people to realize that it is all about communicating in the correct way.

I get a lot of messages here. Many times, I don’t understand how to reply because the message received serves no purpose.
It makes me wonder about the number of opportunities a professional can miss if they do not communicate well.

Hence, here are a few things you must keep in mind the next time you communicate on LinkedIn.

1. Introduce Yourself 

It has to be the most obvious thing to do. When you meet someone in a professional setting or even otherwise, the first thing you must do is introduce yourself. Sending a random Hi or What’s up isn’t going to get you started with a conversation. At least not on LinkedIn. And, even if it does, it shows a lack of professionalism.

2. The Purpose Of Your Message

After you are done introducing yourself, explain in brief the reason why you messaged the person in the first place. A lot of people get tons of messages in their inboxes but they might just avoid them. When you put your purpose in the message, it gives the receiver an idea of what exactly you are looking forward to.

3. Do Not Ask For Whatsapp Number (Unless Required!) 

If you’re looking for new individuals to just chat with, LinkedIn is clearly not the place. When you ask someone their number, especially when the conversation has just started, you might end up giving a wrong impression. And, honestly, I feel most of the work can be discussed on LinkedIn or could be shared on email. You should be sharing numbers only when it is absolutely essential.

4. No SMS language 

Grammar isn’t everyone’s game but typing normally isn’t that difficult. Is it? Do not message someone like you are sending them a text message limited by a definite number of characters. Writing ‘U’ instead of ‘YOU’, or ‘NYC’ instead of ‘Nice’ gives a bad impression. Moreover, it could become the sole reason why someone might not want to respond to you at all.


5. Be Courteous and Patient

Some people do not check their LinkedIn messages everyday. They could be just going through them once or twice a week. If you have sent a message and the person does not reply immediately, do not simply jump to a conclusion and ask them to respond ASAP. Be patient and wait for their reply. If they take a while (say a few days or weeks) politely ask them to acknowledge your message.
That’s about it! Let’s be a little more cautious while communicating in a professional space.
Hope these tips helped!

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