Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How to Say No to Making an Introduction

How to Say No to Making an Introduction
Providing a professional introduction is a great way to help out friends or colleagues. But you should never broker a connection if you can't vouch for the person's qualifications. Here are three steps for politely declining an introduction you don't feel comfortable making:
  1. Be transparent. Respond honestly and explain why you aren't making the introduction. Perhaps you feel the connection isn't a good fit or won't lead anywhere.
  2. Give a consolation prize. Offer up something else instead. Give advice or guidance on what the requester can do next time he makes a similar appeal.
  3. Stay in touch. If you are willing to reconsider his request at a later time, say so. Leave the door open for further interaction.

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