You can even succeed with something as simple as: “I know your profile says that you’re always working, but I’d love to hear back from you when you have the time.” One of the best things about this modern form of courtship is that you cross paths with a ton of people you would have never met otherwise.As great as it is to venture outside of your comfort zone though, at the end of the day, most of us are just looking for someone we can relate to.
(Moving you to the BCC line.) [The recipient should always thank the sender.
Then they should focus on the person they were introduced to] Michelle, it’s great to meet you. My article will be published in the Journal of Entrepreneurs, and I’d love to get about 10 minutes of your time over the phone to ask you a few questions about your experience with working with young entrepreneurs.
“Everyone on a dating site has gotten this email: ‘Hi, I like your profile. Tell your potential date enough to reel him or her in (a little bit on what you do and where you’re from), but then also briefly mention something unique to you, like, “On the weekends, I’m usually hiking during the day and at a salsa club that night.” Wodtke suggests keeping it to just a few sentences, “enough to intrigue him or her, but not enough to bore or scare them away.” Oh, and if you’re not naturally funny or a master storyteller, don’t try to be now.
Instead, let your strengths shine, be yourself, and open up those lines of communication.
“He actually seemed like an OK guy from his profile, but his email skeeved me out.” Hopefully, you know better, but even PG-praise can often come across as forced or simply too eager.
So definitely give a compliment or two — like on a great smile — but don’t overdo it or it may read like fan mail.
Michelle, meet Ryan Ryan, I want to introduce you to Michelle Jones. for the last 2 years, and I know you’re looking for a quote from a venture capitalist about nurturing young entrepreneurs for an upcoming article you’re writing. [Personal connection makes it more likely they will trust the other person and respond to maintain the friendship with you] Michelle, Ryan is a journalist at The San Francisco Business Journal, and is looking for a quote for his article.
[Be instantly specific about who she is and what she wants]. As I mentioned to you, he’s the rare breed of journalist who doesn’t twist quotes to fit a pre-written story.
You believe two people in your network would benefit from knowing each other, so you email each person in the same email, making the connection.