Pet peeves on LinkedIn
When I accept connection requests or a connection request I made is accepted, I receive or send a Thank you note. Common courtesy, yes, but not when your thank you note is barely readable because of ‘sms’ speak that you have deemed suitable for communicating with a new connection. First of all, please do bear in mind that LinkedIn is for professionals. Second, first impressions last. So if you are trying to make an impression or establish a connection please use proper English and utilize the spell check feature, they are there for exactly this reason. Using ‘sms’ speak in communicating with a professional connection screams blatant disrespect for the recipient, and please do not use being busy as an excuse, if you cannot spare 5 minutes to write in proper English, wait until you DO have the time.
I also receive a lot of training offers – now what impression do you think I will have of an executive who is trying to sign me up for business trainings when his own English is so bad that I am left thinking ‘dude, you need to take your own professional course on English and Communication before you can sell me any’. What I perceive is that you are not walking the talk. What value would they add to me, when they have failed to add value to you? Or when you have not deemed them valuable/effective enough to take a few courses yourself for your own professional improvement?
Another example of bad English – if you are going to take the time to create a profile on LinkedIn, at least take the time to make sure that it is free of spelling mistakes. If I look at your profile and all I see is spelling mistakes starting from where you announce your current position and job description, till you finish listing all your qualities, my impression is that you are careless, harried, incapable of handling pressure or responsibilities etc. Overall, not a good impression and I would be more inclined to refuse that connection request rather than to accept it. If you do not have enough self-respect to properly present yourself, you will certainly not respect or value me, my time or my connections.
When random people send random emails – motivational power point presentations, business opportunities that have absolutely NOTHING to do with me or my area of expertise, marketing information, product promotions, receiving updates or newsletters even after requesting to be taken off the mailing list.
Here’s what you MAY be thinking that you are doing – you are increasing your audience, you are reaching a wide variety of people in different industries, you are creating a favorable impression or a future consumer/customer for your product.
Here’s what you are REALLY doing – you are junking up my inbox, you are wasting my time, energy and effort in having to wade through these junks to get to the really important and relevant information in my inbox, you are making it more likely that I will remove you as a connection if you insist on keeping me in the mailing list. This also shows me that you haven’t done your homework. You may be selling something but your selection is random, meaning you lack the professionalism to actually check and target your market properly. You are certainly NOT getting my attention in a good way and neither are you likely to get any in the future.
Pretending to be Friend
Just because I accepted your connection request on LinkedIn, it doesn’t suddenly make us “Dear Friends”. You are a professional connection on a professional international site; do keep that in mind, even when it might be your cultural background or upbringing to address people as ‘dear’ or ‘bondhu’ – we are not ‘bondhu’. Maintain that respectful distance and I will be willing to collaborate or help you out with your professional development, network expansion, job opportunities, product marketing, opportunity exploration etc. Always remember, even if your dealings are with a friend in real life – business is business and there should be transparency and professionalism in your dealings. Pretending to be friends and chumming up to get advantage does not work.
Now here’s a question for my readers – what is your pet peeve?