When it comes to networking, how do you ask someone to intro you with one of their contacts?

Asked by Anonymous UserSalesSuperStar

4 Answers


Email the mutual contact with a short blurb where you include:

1) A polite note saying that you hope they're doing well. 2) 1-2 sentences about who you want an intro to and why (it should be more specific than "pick their brain") 3) Any urgency or timeframe, and how you hope to speak with them (phone? coffee? etc)

Make sure you write the email in a way that the receiver can literally press "forward" and send it to the end-user directly. This saves the person time whom you're asking a favor from.

Answered by LizUniversity of Pennsylvania

Omar I usually like to use "exchange insights about the {x} world because..." as a template for replacing "pick your brain."
Erica Also ask them to notify that contact that you will be reaching out. Perhaps they can make the first contact by introducing you both via email and sharing information as to why you will be reaching out, who you are and how you all know each other.
Christopher I definitely believe short and concise is the way to go. Especially with someone who already has enough emails to sift through. Get to the point, indicate your motivations, suggest how you can be contacted easily.

I think in general people are usually pretty receptive to making an intro for you. Ask politely, be specific about what you're asking for (contact name or an actual intro or to be mentored etc). Attach your resume/cover letter and ask if the person could forward it.

Answered by MitchellUniversity of Washington-Seattle Campus

Ask nicely and ever kind with your words

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Answered by DAVIDSouthern Illinois University Carbondale


Well it depends how much does that person knows/trust me in order for them to introduce me one of their contacts.

The easiest way a person would be willing to introduce me to their contacts are:

a.) If I gave a product/service that he/she was satisfied with


b.) If I have a service/product that is in demand from his/her contacts

From there I wouldn’t have to do too much convincing.

Otherwise I would have to flip the script and present an issue that I need that their contacts can fulfill.

If the person does not know me too well its best that I come up with an interesting conversation to make them feel comfortable, then I would make my move.

A quick introduction would go:

Hello, (the person)

Remember me the (re-explain who you are) from (last interaction)?

I enjoyed (whatever you liked during the last interaction)

(Talk about one of their contacts and why you want to be introduced to them)

Thank you for taking the time to (listening/reading) to me!

(if email attach resume and cover letter) (if on the phone give them your email or phone number)

Answered by ArchelideValencia College

Kari These are great. I have been out of the workplace in most aspects for quite some time. Thanks again.
Archelide Your welcome!