Unfortunately they’ve chosen to use LinkedIn’s generic, bland and frankly quite boring text and so you still don’t know who this person is or why they’re requesting a connection.
As a final recourse you turn to their photo to see if that will jog your memory and you see this…
Now, unless there’s something quite enticing in their LinkedIn profile to encourage you to connect with them, you’re probably going to ignore them and their request.
Bye bye Ms Grey Woman. I feel slightly sorry for her – she’s going to struggle to build her well with that sort of laissez-faire attitude to her online brand.
The Other Side of the Picture
Now, let’s take another look at this scenario.
It’s a couple of days later and you’ve received another connection request. Again, you don’t recognise the name and the text is nothing more than the default “I’d like to add you to my professional network.” BUT…
This time, when you look to the left of the invitation, instead of the soulless grey head and shoulders outline you see a smiling face.
“Oh that’s right,” you think, relieved. “That’s Mary Smith from XYZ conference. She was lovely. I’m definitely going to connect with her.”
And with a sense of accomplishment you click on that big blue “Accept” button.
Five Minutes Is All it Takes
So how long do you think it took Mary to upload a photo to her LinkedIn profile? No more than 5 minutes tops I bet. (Maybe a smidgen longer if she had to find one she really liked).
And for the sake of that 5 minutes she has now made a new and valued connection with you – one that Ms Grey Woman will never have.
Think this couldn’t happen to you? Think again.
Are you Ms Grey Woman?
If you don’t have a photo on your LinkedIn profile, and you’re attempting to make valuable network connections you’re probably failing more than you’re succeeding.
Have you been wondering why you’re not getting the acceptances that you’d like? Try adding a photo to your profile – of yourself of course, not your family or your pets or your company logo – and see what happens the next time you send out a request.
I can guarantee that even if you don’t get an acceptance, that person is going to at least take a second look at your profile – something they’re highly unlikely to do for Ms Grey Woman.
And another thing
There’s another great benefit of this 5 minutes tweak to your LinkedIn profile. Whenever people look at a LinkedIn profile they see everyone connected to that LinkedIn profile.
Having your photo on your LinkedIn profile means they’re actually going to see your face along with your name rather than Ms Grey Woman’s head and shoulders.
People remember faces much more easily than names so having your own photo there (see there it is again – put your own face up there, not your company logo or your pets) is going to do wonders for your visibility.
Increased visibility means increased recognition which means higher value connections and much deeper and more rewarding online experience.
You might be wondering how to upload your photo to your LinkedIn profile. This LinkedIn tutorial takes you through how to do this, very easily and simply.
So don’t let me keep you – off you go to dramatically increase your LinkedIn Network with just 5 minutes of work!