This is both a rant… and a plea.
Can we take a moment to talk about how many LinkedIn messages I get every day (and I imagine you do, too) asking if I want to “jump” on a call?” to be pitched on services I have no interest in and didn’t solicit?
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of these countless, generic pitches that invade my LinkedIn inbox, which I routinely delete, no matter how committed I am to building my LinkedIn follower count.
Look, I get it. Networking on LinkedIn is essential, making valuable connections that fuel opportunities. Collaboration is the name of the game. But can we all agree that these incessant annoying unwanted messages, sans context, value proposition, or even a rudimentary nod to the kind of work I do, are just… exhausting?
Here’s the thing: time is the most precious resource we have. Between juggling work, personal commitments, and finding a sliver of time for self-care, my schedule is a challenging balancing act. So, when I receive a generic, cut-and-pasted message from a potential connection I don’t know and have not solicited, asking me to “jump on a call” without any explanation, I can’t help but roll my eyes and sigh with exasperation. The most egregious go so far as to specify a meeting time and a link to their online calendar. Really?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for meaningful conversations and expanding my professional network. But if you’re going to pitch your services, products, or whatever it may be, at least have the courtesy to provide some context and respect my time. The days of blindly hopping on a call with someone without a clue about my needs, interests, or goals are over.
Let’s make this kind of networking more efficient and less intrusive, shall we?
Yes, dear pitch enthusiasts, I’m talking to you. Here’s my plea: ditch the pitch.
Effective networking isn’t about making a quick sale or shoving your product down someone’s throat. It’s about building meaningful relationships, exchanging ideas, and finding common ground. It’s a long-term investment, not a one-off transaction.
So, let’s connect, my fellow professionals, but let’s do it better. Let’s engage in conversations that inspire, challenge, and create opportunities for mutual growth and commit to fostering a vibrant online community.
Trust me, a little effort goes a long way.