I've been a guest speaker on a ton of big webinars recently. 

I invite people to connect with me on LinkedIn during my presentation. 

Some people do invite me to connect and mention the webinar in their invitation. 

Most of the invitations I receive are not invitations to connect. 

They send me an InMail full of compliments. 

๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด โ€œ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜บโ€ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ. 
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ. 
๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ. 
๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜๐˜™๐˜Œ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด, ๐˜ช ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ... ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ!!!
๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ. 
 
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ,

But they never send me an invitation to connect. 

I do take the time to invite them to connect because they took the time to send me an InMail. 

The problem is they are wasting an expensive InMail credit. 

I show them how to send the message in the invitation to connect instead of using InMail to connect. 

Here's how you do it: 

When you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn and they have Creator Mode turned on, the default option is to Follow the person. 

To invite them to connect, click on the More button, select Connect, add a note to the invitation and you save your InMail credits. 

Easy peasy. 

I rarely need to use InMail to connect with people. Save your money! 

About the author 

Ted Prodromou

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