The Art of Asking for Email Introductions

The Art of Asking for Email Introductions

Learn how to request an email introduction to someone, and make intros to others.
Finding Work
Jun 17, 2019 6:48 PM
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The best way to request an introduction

The most recommended way to connect with someone is to request an email introduction through us. Why?

Receiving an introduction from a mutual connection is the quickest way to earn the new person’s trust, to a degree at least. For example,

Try to reach out to Leonardo DiCaprio directly, and you’ll probably never get a response.
But, if you somehow know Jonah Hill, he can make an introduction that Leo will consider!

Dave Haynes deciphers the art and science of email introductions:

Be sure you’re asking the right person.
Be specific about who you’re asking for an intro, and why.
Ask nicely. 😇
Make it easily forwardable.

A simple tip that goes a long way during email introductions

Often in your freelance career, you’ll receive email introductions to potential clients, collaborators, and more. And, believe it or not, there’s an unspoken etiquette to the process of receiving email intros and making moves.

Move the introducer to BCC, and acknowledge it

When you get an email intro, it’s because the introducer wants to make a connection. Most times, they do not want to be copied on all further communications between you & your new connection!

Megan Garber talks about this nugget of email etiquette:

To move someone to BCC in an email chain is to ensure that they won’t be part of the conversation going forward. And to inform them of the move is simply to be transparent, to all involved, about the change.

There you have it! When you receive an introduction, your next steps are:

  1. Switch the introducer to BCC
  2. Thank the introducer for making the intro
  3. Acknowledge that you’ve switched them to BCC in your email

Here’s a perfect example from one of our mentors:


That’s it! Simple, right?


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