Most people, especially in the tech world, are willing to help. Sometimes you just have to ask.
“The ask ” can be extremely powerful. People can help you get further, faster than you have ever imagined.
As a reminder, you should not bother tons of people you do not know for introduction requests. Why? Because an introduction can be a big deal. An introduction is someone putting their word on you. They believe that you will bring a positive and professional experience to the person they are introducing you to. That is responsibility to not screw up.
Also, never intro without permission!
Here is a template I’ve used to get introductions:
I was wondering if you could introduce me to __(name of person you want to meet)__. I’m really interested in learning about (name of person)’s experience __(give context here, why you want to meet that person)_.
A bit about me (this is a short reminder of who you are but more importantly WHY you should talk to the person you want to) : I’m a __(student, founder, developer, designer, athlete, whatever)__ and I love ___(what are you really passionate about). I want to (what are you looking to do in the future), and this aligns really well with (name of person)’s past experiences.
I’d appreciate if you could pass this message along, and connect me if possible.
Thanks so much,
Once again, be careful with who you ask for an intro! Recognize that this is often a big ask :)
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