How to get me to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn

I have no data that proves that having recommendations from others on your LinkedIn profile makes any difference to the success of your LinkedIn profile, but I’m fairly certain that having a few is better than none.

Every time a colleague asks me to write them a recommendation, I tell them my secret to getting someone to write me a recommendation:

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It’s really that simple.

Yep, write them a recommendation first.

Unsolicited, it’s likely to come from the heart and be more memorable.

It also creates a sense of obligation to repay the favour in the recipient. They’ll reach out to me to thank me, and to ask what they could do in return.

“Hey, you could write me a recommendation, that would be nice!” I say. And now they have a benchmark to work towards — the quality of the recommendation they’ve written for me.

But all of that is very transactional. More than anything else, I like to thank people unprompted and without warning because it makes me feel good. It makes me feel good about who I’m grateful to know, and for all the good actions and intentions out there in a Trumpistan world.

It might make you feel good, if you start doing it too.

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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