This never happened to me on LinkedIn, blog article written by Ted Prodromou

How would you respond? 

People on LinkedIn continue to surprise me. 

How would you react if someone said this to you? 

"I'd like to be your friend but first you need to do X, Y and Z when I post on social media to promote me. 

If you agree, we can be friends." 

The other day I came across some interesting content on LinkedIn. 

I looked at a few other posts by this person and was very impressed. 

If you've been following me for a while, you know I rarely invite people to connect. 

I invited this guy to connect because he was posting interesting content and he seemed like an interesting guy. 

My goal wasn't to sell him anything. 

My goal was to build a relationship with him. 

To me, relationships are better than making a one-time sale to a new connection. 

I was shocked when he replied to my LinkedIn invitation without accepting my invitation. 

Thanks for the invite Ted and the note๐Ÿ˜€ 

I am happy to be connected, but I do like to have value with those that are connected in my network - I want my connections to be meaningful. 

So here is my kind request: I always appreciate a "like" on any of my posts that you may enjoy. 

But more than that I appreciate comments (sharing opinions and asking questions). 

I respond to every single one and it is the best way to learn from each other and get to know each other ๐Ÿ˜€ 

That being said - What are you hoping to get from this connection? 

What can I do for you? 

Does this mean I have to agree to Like and Comment on his posts for him to accept my invitation? 

Liking and Commenting on his posts will make our connection more meaningful? 

He didn't agree to Like and Comment on my daily posts. 

What do I get out of this "meaningful" connection? 

Am I misinterpreting this response? 

Am I being a grumpy old man? 

I need your help. 

How would you respond to this request? 

Ted 

About the author 

Ted Prodromou

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I'm the #1 best-selling author of Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business and Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Business. People call me America's Leading LinkedIn Coach.

I'm the founder of Search Marketing Simplified, LLC, a full service online marketing agency. The SMS team designs and implements advanced LinkedIn and social media lead-generation strategies for small to medium-sized businesses. SMS will set up and manage your marketing funnels using organic, social and paid traffic.

Did you know I've been working with the internet since 1991, long before Al Gore invented it?

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