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It Doesn’t Have to Be Boring (Featuring an Exciting Announcement)

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Let's spice up some things that are traditionally boring: LinkedIn requests and out-of-office emails. Why? Because doing so surprises and delights people, and it raises your cool factor (trust me, I'm an expert in cool factor...).

LinkedIn Requests
Every time you request to connect with someone on LinkedIn, the same default email will be sent on your behalf if you don't change it: "I'd like to add you to my professional network." Boring!

Why not spend five seconds and change it up? Here are three that I've sent recently to friends of mine:
"Oh please, oh please, oh please!""Let's be frienemies" — I sent this to a friend who is going to work at Yahoo."Pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!"Each one of these emails elicited a response email to me, with a little joke in return. When was the last time someone replied to your default LinkedIn email?

Out-of-Office Emails
"I'm currently out of the office and will return on XYZ date.…