Very few people know how to grab the attention of a busy person. As a recruiter, I get dozens of emails a week from job seekers, and daily requests to connect on LinkedIn. 99% of my LinkedIn inbox requests are the standard invitation, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”
Now, I'm in the business of placing people, so I'll still make the connection, but lots of other busy people won't. That's why I loved a recent article about how to get important people to respond to your emails. It's a great read, filled with six common-sense and easy to follow bits of advice that should start helping you today. If you want your email or LinkedIn invitations read - and more importantly, responded to - read it.
So if you want help from a busy person:
Get to the point.
Provide some context.
Explain what you want specifically and succinctly.
Once you've made a connection, cultivate it. If email won't cut it and you need to make a phone call, the advice in this article will keep you on track - try to keep it under 15 minutes.