In the professional world, networking is a non-negotiable skill. While networking is often interacting with others, networking via email also extends to introducing two or more people by email. Connecting two people via email can be a tricky situation. There are the dos and don’ts and in this article, we’re going to exhaust everything there is about introducing two or more people by email.
When introducing people via email, both people must have something in common. It could be detrimental to your relationship with both people if you introduce people that have nothing in common with each other.
So, how do you introduce two or more people via email in an acceptable manner that wouldn’t ruin your relationship with either of them?
How to Introduce Two or More People by Email
Do not take people by surprise when introducing them to each other. Irrespective of how close you are with someone, don’t send them an email introducing them to other people without prior consent. While your intentions may be good, introducing two people via email isn’t advisable if both parties haven’t consented to it.
Before introducing two or more people by email you need to make sure there’s something in common between either party, a common goal, task, or project.
In most cases, before introducing two people by email, there’s a need from one party:
“Hey, Jason. Do you know anybody in the design world?”
In a case like this, there’s a need from one party. This way, one party’s clear what they hope to gain from the introduction.
You should be able to justify the reason for the introduction, if you can’t justify the reason you’re introducing two people by email to yourself, then you’re most likely not going to be able to justify it to either party. If you can’t convince yourself why you need to make the introduction, you’re better off not introducing them.
Once you’ve convinced yourself that there’s “value” in both parties meeting, then you need to proceed with getting consent. Upon getting consent, you can email both parties and introduce them to each other.
How to Get Consent for the Introduction of Two People by Email
This is a sample email on how to ask for permission before you introduce two persons by email.
Subject: Introduce you to Jaden Hi Jeremy, Hope you’re having a great week! I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is Jaden and we worked together for 4 years at Woculus. He’s started a company that sells bricks and from your experience working for Bricks Inc. I think it would be great if both of you met and discussed his company. Please let me know if you’d like to meet him and I’ll send an email to introduce you to each other. Regards, Jim Wakowsky
You should send emails to both parties and get their consent before proceeding to introduce them.
How to Write an Email to Introduce Two People
Introducing two or more people by email can be tricky. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a veteran, with this guide, introducing people will no longer be a daunting task.
- The Subject line should be short
When writing subject lines, it's standard practice that you keep it short and to the point. A proper subject line should be able to tell the content of the email even before the recipient opens it.
A subject line introducing two or more people by email should be something like “Introduction: Jeffery.”
If you’re introducing people in hopes that their companies work together, it’s advisable to include the names of their companies in the subject line,
“Introduction: Jeffery (Bricks and Bricks)
A subject line with the names of their companies is sure to create a better impression from the start.
- A greeting should follow
As with every professional email, a greeting with the recipient’s name is the second thing to write after the subject line.
If the email is going to be received by both recipients, the greeting should be:
Hi John and Doe,
- Lead with a warm wish or an opening sentence
“I hope you’re having a great week”
“I hope this email finds you well.”
Above are some examples of opening sentences to begin your email with.
- Introduce both parties
This is the most important of the email introducing two people. You should start by introducing the person who asked for the introduction. When introducing them, it’s important that you add their names, their roles, how you know them.
It’s also advisable that you say something nice about the person and even better, state something both parties have in common (which is usually the reason for connecting them in the first place.)
Hi John, I’d like to introduce you to Doe. Doe and I worked for 3 years at Woculus. He’s the CEO of Super Bricks – a renounced break distribution company. He has a background in frontend development such as yourself.
The next stage is to introduce the other person following the same format.
Hi John, I’d like to introduce you to Doe. Doe and I worked for 3 years at Woculus. He’s the CEO of Super Bricks – a renounced break distribution company. He has a background in frontend development such as yourself. Doe, meet John. John is the lead product designer and coach at WeDesign. He’s the person that oversaw the rollout of the WeDesign training academy.
- The next stage is to state why they’re being introduced.
John is about to venture into front-end training and would like to hear his plans before he proceeds.
I’m connecting both of you because I know John has the expertise and firsthand knowledge in setting up an academy.
- Politely leave the thread
Your job of introducing two people by email is done. You’ve done the job of introducing them to each other, what’s left is for them to continue the conversation without you being actively involved.
I’ll let you guys take it from here.
This is a clear example of how to introduce two people by email.
Introducing Two People by Email Sample Two
In this example, we’re going to introduce a skilled professional to someone in need of their service.
Dear Simon, How are you? I hope this email finds you well. Over the phone last Thursday, I remember you saying you needed someone to create the UI for an idea you had in mind. I’d like to introduce you to Jane. Jane and I met at a conference where she delivered a speech to over 2000 people. Jane and I have been friends since then. She’s been the lead UI designer for Designs”R”Us since 2010. She’s designed over 20 websites and applications that have launched and have over 8 million active users and over 7 million app downloads. I spoke with Jane about your project and she’s very excited about it. She has some unique ideas she’d like to run by you. Jane is copied in this email, you can also reach her on 123-456-7890. I’ll let you guys take it from here. Warm Regards Julian Osadolor
How to Introduce a Colleague via Email
There are a lot of reasons to introduce a colleague in an email. A customer may be having issues that require them to talk to a specific member of your organization, you may have too much workload and would want to direct a customer’s enquiry to them
Sample on How to Introduce a Colleague in an Email
Hello Sarah, Thank you for contacting Woculus support team. We’ve checked your records and discovered that you did make a withdrawal, but was not credited. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. To make sure your complaint is taken up by the appropriate team, I copied Tunde from our finance team to personally look into the issue and ensure its prompt resolution. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Regards, Jennifer Customer Service
Introducing people by email is a great way to strengthen and add value to relationships. Networking properly is an incredible skill needed to build your career. When introducing people by email, it is important not to ambush them with the introduction. Seek consent from both parties before proceeding to introduce them. Introducing people without seeking their consent can put your relationship with both parties in jeopardy.
The samples in this article should serve as a guide to the proper way to introduce two or more persons via email.