As freelancers and solopreneurs, we love to use LinkedIn to build and maintain our professional network, but we understand why many people don't see a ton of value in it- especially if they're only popping up a profile and then stepping away. In our opinion, LinkedIn's Get Introduced feature is one of the most underutilized functionalities of the site.
Wondering how it works? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make use of the Get Introduced feature:
- On LinkedIn, search for the person that you would like to be introduced to- maybe it's a potential client, partner, or contractor
- LinkedIn will tell you how many shared connections you have; click this green link to see who you are both connected to and make sure that you feel comfortable reaching out to one of them
- Click the down arrow to the right of the Connect button, then select Get Introduced
- Choose the person you (Person A) would like to have introduce you (Person B) to your target (Person C) when LinkedIn asks "Who should make the introduction?"
- Write a clear, concise message explaining why you would like to be connected to Person C and why you think Person B is the best person for the job
- Voila- you'll soon have a direct connection to Person C- and you've unofficially been given the seal of approval by Person B!
Wondering what to say in your request for an introduction? Here's what we might say:
Hi so and so,
Hope you've been doing well! I saw that you are connected to so and so and I was wondering if you would mind introducing us here on LinkedIn or via email. I've been following his/her work in xyz and would love a chance to connect with him/her directly!
Thanks so much,