Dear LinkedIn Connections!

Posted on 10 Apr 2021 08:29 in Personal
by Siddharth Deshmukh

Thanks for connected over LinkedIn with me.


As an entrepreneur, I always like to be surrounded by fellow entrepreneurs, small business owners, creative freelancers, innovators, and young students.


But I don't want to be surrounded by salespeople. 
I am sorry, but nothing against you. It's against directly start sailing, even without getting to know (if not personally, at least professionally).


I know, I can understand, many of you are here for an opportunity to get connected with decision-makers for sales, job opportunity, or reference. That's fine nothing wrong with that.


Even LinkedIn also has the vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.


LinkedIn started with the mission "The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful."


But most people seem to have forgotten the important word "Connect." To connect, communicate, get to know, build some kind of relationship before you sell, request a reference or a job.


I accept your connection request, not for receiving your sales peach but for building meaningful relationships, learning, and exchanging thoughts. The business may follow as time goes.


We at Shimbi Labs don't want to convenience or sell anyone anything. We just tell our story. If it resonates with you, then we think our products will help you. They helped us stay in business for over 20 years!


But that's our way of being in business. I don't say you follow that way, but at least learn more about people and organizations before sending your sales pitch.


Like, more sales lead, SEO services, web design services to a website builder company. Management training for a person who founded two companies and an NPO organization


Let's build a meaningful relationship; before we talk about business, you can not grow without connections, relations, and learning new things every day. Tell this to your boss, too, not to pressure you to sell randomly on every social media service.


Some actionable tips 

  1. First, follow a person or organization instead of sending a direct connection request.
  2. Second, send connection requests only when you know better about them and have a solid reason to connect.
  3. Third, When you send a connection request, explain why you need a connection and how it will benefit both. 
  4. Fourth, respect that reason, and stick to it. Honor, and appreciate your connection for their time and attention.
  5. Enjoy learning and having a meaningful dialog. You are sure to get opportunities. 


Over to you ...


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