Lately, I’ve been asked a number of times for email introductions to other people. Person A will ask something like, “Hey Jackson, I know you’ve been talking with Person B, and I’d love to get to talk to them about xyz, or just shoot the shit. Can you introduce me?”
That’s cool, and I know that people ask for and do this kind of thing all the time (I know that Thomas mentioned the other day on Twitter that he does), but it always feels awkward to me. Introducing someone in person feels easy and natural, and I never have any problem doing it, but I’m never quite sure how to go about doing it via email.
For those of you who do, I have a few questions:
- Do you ask Person B for permission before making the introduction?
- Is it short and sweet, or do you tell each person a bit about the other in the email?
- What the heck is the subject line?
- When you’re the recipient of the introduction, at what point do you remove the middle-man from the conversation?
I’d Googled around a bit looking for guidance, but didn’t find much, so I hope maybe the lazyweb method might actually work better.