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How to Ask for a Networking Conversation with New or Existing Connections

Harvard Researchers say this is what successful people do when making small talk


In this day & age, a lot of friendships, business ventures and career opportunities can start from a cold email, DM or a comment left under a photo on social media. ​​​​​​​​​

Reaching out to strangers can be awkward, but there are ways you can break the ice and we're hoping these templates will help!


Here's 3 templates for the reaching out for the following scenarios:

⭐️When You’re Following Up With Someone You Met Briefly

⭐️When Connecting With a Potential Partner or Collaboration

⭐️When Connecting With Leaders at Your Organization


Use the below templates to reach out to new or existing networking connections.




When You’re Following Up With Someone You Met Briefly


Hello [Name],


I hope you’re having a great [day of the week]. It was so nice to meet you at [place where you met] and chat about [topic you talked about]. After our conversation, I found this article about [relevant topic]. I thought you’d find it interesting and enlightening, so I figured I’d pass it along.


Again, I really enjoyed meeting you and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to get together and bounce around some more ideas about [topic]. I’d love that!


Wishing you the best,

[Your name]




When Connecting With a Potential Partner or Collaboration


Hi [Name],


I’m [Name], and I work at [Company Name] as a [Role]. I’ve become familiar with you and your work ever since [How you came across them], and I think there might be a way in which we can help each other out on [Task/problem that you can help address].


Would you be open to [Connecting on social media/meeting up in person] to keep in touch and discuss how we might work together in the future? In the meantime, here’s a link to my [Website/online portfolio].


I look forward to hearing from you!


Thanks,

[Name]




When Connecting With Leaders at Your Organization


Hi [Name],


I hope your week is going well, my name is [Name], and I work in the [Department] at [Your Company] as [Job Position].


I'm reaching out to you as a colleague who admires your work here at [Company]. I would love to connect over coffee or lunch in the next few week if you have some time available. As a aspiring [Title], I'd love to learn more about your career journey here at [Company].


Thank you for your time, I look forward to connecting with you.


[Name]

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