Sunday Quickie: Replying to an Introduction

September 10, 2006 - Get free updates of new posts here

My good buddy Nick Gray posted about how to do email introductions. I love introducing the right people. It is cool to know that a person can make a new friend, a deal can go down and other positive things just from an introduction.

Nick suggested this format when introducing two people:

1 Send an email to both people
2 Use a subject such as, “Person A, meet Person B.”
3 In the body, say something like:

Person A, you work at XXX and I met you at XXX. We did this together.
Person B, you like XXX music, you work at XXX and we met at XXX.
I think you two would benefit from knowing eachother because XXX.

4 Send!

That is great but what happens when you are just introduced? Here is my suggested response:

1 Hit reply all.
2 In the body it should look like this:

Thanks sender for the introduction.
Person B (assume you are A) I think what you are doing is XXX.
I think we can benefit from working on XXX.
Can we discuss more next XXX?

The main things I do when introduced are: Thank the sender, compliment other person, recognize why we were introduced and propose next steps to meet. Personal introductions are one of the greatest things a person can give or receive. Treat them wisely.

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6 responses to “Sunday Quickie: Replying to an Introduction

  1. hunter Reply

    Agree with one tweak. In the reply, I move the original sender to BCC, note this in the message (after the thanks) and then proceed. That allows you to migrate the sender off of the email thread elegantly and get on with the conversation.

  2. Ray Dotson Reply

    This is a great idea. I’ve never thought of using email to do introductions in this way, but why not? I have to agree with Noah here. As a rule, I try never to use BCC because I think anyone copied should know everyone who’s receiving a message.

  3. Rick Reply

    Noah, I’ve been doing this all along and it works great. Some people feel the need to ask the parties if it’s OK to do the intro. Waste of time. This is harmless. It shows both parties that you know what they do, care, and are thinking about them without looking for anything in return. I will also often include both phone numbers when I make the intro.

    Incidentally, when I’m introduced, I reply all with “Send me your number and I’ll give a call.” If the introducer gave me the number, I reply all with “Who should call who when?”

  4. Ted R. Reply

    I follow the same protocal, almost to a t.

    Though I think upon cc’ing the initiating party upon the first email to the other introductee should be the end of the first person’s involvement.

    Sometimes I get caught in cc’s for 2 or 3 rounds of people I introduce or the if being introduced the other inductee keeps including the first person … and I think that’s bad form as the person just wanted to help the connect, not get more emails they have to read ;>

  5. noah kagan Reply

    exactly. sometimes i just want to know they talked and get me out of it. i dont like watching couples make out if that makes sense;)

    i would also like to know how the relationship wound up a few weeks after i introduced people. i always try to follow up with the people to see how things went.