Connecting people over email is perhaps the simplest way to help two people in your network. But it’s also something that gets overcomplicated, as my friend pointed out in his post explaining how to make an introduction.
I agree with his main points.
- Don’t overthink it
- Ask if both parties are okay with the introduction
- Send a simple email connecting both parties
- Get out of the way before you create problems
But to add a little more empathy, many people struggle with introducing people to one another. It can feel daunting or involved. But most of the time it shouldn’t. You will not lose your job, because you sent someone an email introduction they agreed to take.
It’s also not really helpful to struggle with making “a proper introduction”. To use the maxim done is better than perfect.