Asking someone for a favor isnâ€™t the most exciting encounter. Whether you know this person extremely well or not, itâ€™s a humbling experience that takes a mix of effective communication, which should be short and to the point, and eloquence.
When you consider the fact that youâ€™re asking for a favor, not in person, but online, thereâ€™s no doubt you have to come correct, especially since this person will be adding you to his or her lengthy to-do list. Â Here, The Daily Muse outlines five ways to ask for a favor from a LinkedIn connection:
Place Your â€śAskâ€ť in the Subject Line
Use the subject line to ask, not to pitch, says founder and CEO of Indira Carrie Mantha. If itâ€™s not in the subject line or the headline of your post to the group, itâ€™s as Mantha would say â€śon to the next email.â€ť
The more specific your request, the more likely the person is to help you before the mind wanders to his or her growing inbox.
Make It Simple to Get to â€śKnowâ€ť You
Make it easy for your contacts to get comfortable recommending you, advises Mantha. Be sure your posts are thoughtful, concise, and well-written, and that your LinkedIn profile is complete and up-to-date. Include your Twitter handle in the details of your post so people can quickly get a sense for your personality.