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10 Ways To Introduce People on LinkedIn (Easy Templates Included)

A main benefit of LinkedIn is how supportive everyone can be. Unlike other social media platforms filled with comparison, Linkedin values making new connections in your professional network, and helping others go after their career goals. It’s a social site full of encouragement and celebrating wins. 

One of the best ways to combine both of these, and really the whole point of LinkedIn, is to connect your direct connections to fellow connections. You can do this in a number of scenarios that you’ll find down below.

2 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Agree To Facilitating An Introduction

  1. How well do you know the person asking for an introduction: When you are facilitating this introduction, you are putting your good reputation on the line. It’s for that reason why you want to make sure you know at least a little bit about the person asking for the introduction request. The first thing you want to consider is how you got connected to them and if you have seen them in a professional capacity. If you feel comfortable going through with the introduction, then you are ready for the next step.
  2. Make sure the person explains why they are making a connection request: This tip serves two purposes. It helps you to determine if this is an introduction that you should make, and if it would be successful, and it’s a great way to make the introduction simpler.

10 Ways To Introduce People On LinkedIn

Now it is time to send that message. Your Introduction message should have three things:

  • an introduction
  • what your relationship to the person is/something about their work
  • and the person’s paragraph message, in addition to the link to their profile and/or contact information

This message structure is the easiest way to craft your LinkedIn introductions. You’ll find these in every message template you see in this post. 

One last important tip before you send the introduction request is to make sure you send a personalized message.

Someone who has a seasoned LinkedIn profile will be able to spot a cut and paste template easily. What I mean is that you want to make the template sound like you.

The best way to do this is to fill in all the information in the template first, then add to, or delete parts of the message to make it more personalized. With that being said, here are 10 ways to introduce your LinkedIn connections to each other.

Personal Connection to Personal Connection

This will most likely be the easiest message to send. I picture one, or both of the people behind each LinkedIn account to be either some of your best friends, a family friend, people you met on another social networking site, etc.. Since you are on LinkedIn, I would advise that this message still be professional, but maybe a little more casual than the other messages will be.

Hello Ashley, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! How has work been lately? 

I’ve got a family friend who has taken an interest in your industry. Her name is Amanda (friend’s name), and she is enthusiastic about the possibility of exploring this industry more. I thought you would be a great mentor for her. Here is a little more about Amanda and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to your LinkedIn contact’s profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Personal Connection To a Hiring Manager

In this scenario, the person asking for an introduction is someone you have strong connections with. The LinkedIn member they want to connect with is a hiring manager for a company they may be interested in. They notice that you are a first-degree connection to the hiring manager, so they send you an introduction request. This is what you would send to the hiring manager.

Hello Hannah, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! I would love to grab coffee one day and catch up with you! When would be a good day to meet?

While I have you here, I wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine. Her name is Amanda (friend’s name). She has a background in marketing and has been following your company for almost a year now. I’m not sure if your company has any open positions in that area. I wanted to pass along her information in the off chance that you do, or will have openings in the future. Here is a little more about Amanda and her work. Feel free to reach out to her by email and check out her profile. (share the paragraph she wrote, her email address, and share her profile)

Looking forward to catching up soon, 

(your name)

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Personal Connection To Fellow Alumni

Another great aspect of LinkedIn is that you can easily connect with other alumni. The camaraderie of going to the same school can sometimes be beneficial when it comes to potential jobs, other connections and more. In this case, your personal connection is hoping it will result in you connecting them to that person. Here is what you might send to that alumnus on behalf of your personal connection. 

Hello Josh, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! Will you be going to homecoming next month? (this could be any alumni event) I would love to catch up with you and see what you have been up to.

I’ve got a family friend who is currently enrolled in the same phD program that you graduated from two years ago. (this can be any degree/program)  Her name is Amanda (friend’s name), and she is exploring the industry more hoping to find an internship next fall. I thought you would be a great mentor for her since you went through that same process. Here is a little more about Amanda and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to your LinkedIn contact’s profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Personal Connection To a Group Member

LinkedIn Groups are a way to connect with other LinkedIn members that you may not have if you didn’t have that group in common. You may find that your personal connections could also benefit from connecting with that group member. Here is an introduction request you might send in that scenario. 

Hello Sam, (person’s name)

I loved the article you shared in the Social Media Experts group (group name) yesterday. I actually shared the blog post with one of my college friends as she is also in the social media industry.  Her name is Lexi, (friend’s name) and she actually lives in your city. I thought it would be good to introduce you two. Here is a little more about Lexi and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to her profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Personal Connection To a Previous Co-worker

Let’s say that your friend is wanting to switch career fields and is looking for someone to do an informational interview with. You know that one of your previous co-workers would have great advice for him/her. This is the message you might send.

Hello Rebecca, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! How has work been lately? 

One of my old college friends is looking to change industries. Her name is Lexi, (friend’s name) and she is enthusiastic about the possibility of exploring this industry more. She is currently looking to do an informational interview with someone in the engineering field. (the field they are going into) You were the first person I thought of! I’d love for you two to connect. Here is a little more about Lexi and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to her LinkedIn profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Personal Connection To Former Boss

By staying on good terms with your previous employers is helping your connections when you see a job posting there that they would be a great fit for. In this case, this is a message you might send your former boss.

Hello Lucy (person’s name),

I hope you are doing well! How has everyone been at Social Solutions lately? 

I saw that you were looking for a new Account Executive. I remember how great it was working there. My old college friend is currently looking for a job, so I encouraged her to apply. Her name is Suzi, (friend’s name) and she has a great social media background. I believe she would be a great asset to your company. Here is a little more about Suzi’s background and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to her LinkedIn profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Previous Co-worker To a Hiring Manager

In this scenario it is a previous co-worker that is reaching out for a hopeful introduction. They see that a hiring manager for a company they sent a job application to is in your LinkedIn network and would like to get connected. Here is the message you might send.

Hello David, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! I would love to grab lunch one day and catch up with you! When would be a good day to meet?

While I have you here, I wanted to introduce you to an old coworker of mine. His name is Robert. (friend’s name) He is currently looking for an accounting position (job position) and I saw that your company had a job opening in that area. I thought that I would pass along his information to see if Robert would be a good fit for the position. Here is a little more about Robert and his work. Feel free to check out his profile. (share the paragraph he wrote, his profile)

Looking forward to catching up soon, 

(your name)

Previous Co-worker To Current Co-worker

Everyone wants to grow their network for multiple reasons. One of those reasons may be to have a mutual connection with people in their career field. That is what your previous co-worker is wanting in this scenario when they asked to be introduced to a co-worker in your current role.

Hello Joseph, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well today! Want to grab lunch later?

One of my old co-workers is looking to move to the education industry. Her name is Hannah, (friend’s name) and she is enthusiastic about the possibility of exploring this industry more. I thought that you would be a great mentor as she transitions careers since you have also done that. I’d love for you two to connect. Here is a little more about Hannah and the link to her profile if you want to reach out to her. (share the paragraph she wrote and the link to her LinkedIn profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

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New Connection To a Current Connection

For this scenario, let’s say that you went to a conference last week and connected with someone in your field and wanted to introduce him to someone else in your industry.

Hello Bryan, (person’s name)

I hope you are doing well! How has work been lately? 

As you may have seen, I went to a business conference last week. I made a lot of great connections while I was there. One person that I got to chat with was the Editor In Chief of a local magazine in his area. (their job title) His name was Trevor and he has an amazing story. (add something you learned about the person) I could see a lot of similarities between you two. I would love it if you two connected. Maybe next year all three of us can go to the conference?  Here is the link to his profile if you want to reach out to him. (share the link to his LinkedIn profile)  

Have a great day!

(your name)

Fellow Alumni To a Hiring Manager

As I mentioned before, LinkedIn is a great place to reach out to people from your alumni. For our last introduction message template, I’m sharing a message you would send to a hiring manager in your network on behalf of a fellow alumni.

Hello David (person’s name),

I hope you are doing well! I would love to grab lunch one day and catch up with you! When would be a good day to meet?

While I have you here, I wanted to introduce you to someone that I went to school with. Her name is Beth. (friend’s name) She is currently looking for an accounting position (job position) and I saw that your company had a job opening in that area. I thought that I would pass along her information to see if Beth would be a good fit for the position. I remember her being ambitious and extremely accurate with all of her work. Here is a little more about Beth and her previous work. Feel free to check out her profile. (share the paragraph she wrote, her profile) I hope you are able to fill the position soon.

Looking forward to catching up soon, 

Have a great day!

(your name)

Your Turn

Have you facilitated a LinkedIn introduction before? If so, how did it go? I hope that these templates will help you the next time you get an introduction request.

About the Author

Kelly Clark

Kelly graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. Even though it took her a little while to find her career path, she was always meant to be in Communications. She remembers writing poems and songs when she was a little girl and pitching to my parents the reasons why I should have a cell phone when I was a teenager. She currently has a blog (budding-joy.com) where she talks about her weight-loss journey, mental health and personal development. Her hope is to encourage and inspire readers and let them know they are not alone. Reading blog posts like that are what helped her in tough times and she wants to pay it forward. She loves dance fitness, listening to music, and creating layouts in her bullet journal. She's a big fan of planning, especially when cute notebooks and pens are involved. Her dream job has changed so much over the years; right now she'd love to co-own a dance studio.

Website: budding-joy.com


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