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LinkedIn Voice Messages – Why and How You Should Be Using Them!

Yesterday, a new connection replied to my LinkedIn voice message thanking her for inviting me to connect with…

“Thank you Lynnaire, for taking the time to leave a voice message… My first on LinkedIn ! Your posts are thought-provoking and I look forward to reading you.”

Even though LinkedIn voice messages have been with us now nearly 6 months, few people are using them.

But they work SO well that if you’re not, you are definitely missing out!

Here are 5 reasons to use LinkedIn voice messages:

  1. Voice messages stand out in your connections’ feed and so they will see them instantly.
  2. It’s a novel way to thank someone for connecting with you.
  3. It can start a conversation that might build a relationship which could lead to doing business with the person.
  4. It is easy to do from your mobile (just go to Messaging and tap the microphone icon).
  5. People LOVE them and RESPOND!


You will need a pre-prepared message so that you don’t um and ah. Your message should say who you are, why you are messaging them. Do NOT try to sell them something!

Here is the text I sometimes use:

Hello [name]. This is Lynnaire Johnston, the Word Wizard. I just wanted to thank you personally for accepting my invite to join your network on LinkedIn. I look forward to learning more about your work through your posts and activity in my newsfeed. And if you ever have any questions about LInkedIn, please do get in touch. Thanks again and bye for now.

Don’t make it sound like you’re reading your message. Be conversational. Sound friendly. Use your natural voice and if at all possible, use the person’s name. That way they know you’re not sending something prerecorded or automatic.

Keep your message short. You have up to a minute but 30 seconds is plenty. Don’t waffle and if you make a mistake you can either delete the message and start again or you can keep on going, showing that you’re human, too.

LinkedIn voice messages are used all too rarely but if you are determined to grow your LinkedIn community with high quality, great people then use this feature often!

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