By recommending others, your thumbnail photo and headline is a permanent link on their LinkedIn profile. How cool is that?
It’s the best way to acknowledge great colleagues or a terrific referral source. And I write them usually without solicitation to “wow” my receiver and pay it forward. – Me
1. Start the LinkedIn recommendation with an instantly appealing topic sentence.
“Rare to find her talent” or “If you look up Dr. Melanie Bone in Wikipedia, her photo will be there under “top robotic surgeon.”
2. Then, describe your relationship. Provide contextual information about how you worked together, what you worked on, what deliverables occurred. Let the reader understand why you are qualified to write the recommendation.
“Kim Capen is like a super nova, a fire burning brightly within. She is a phenomenal publisher who has terrific timing on what advertisers and what readers (like me) want to know.”
3. Include a stand-out personality trait for the LinkedIn recommendation.
“Zane Zumbahlen is savvy, smart and works as a true collaborator. He has boundless energy and aims for the constellations each and every time — and gets there!”
4. Next, add a personal anecdote.
“She was the liveliest person at our 6 pm meetings when volunteering for Susan G. Komen.”
5. Finish with a glowing positive endorsement like “She earns my highest recommendation because Dr. Bone has knowledge about the latest robotic procedures known on the planet.”
Where can you find your recommendations section? In the top menu bar, look for the far-right photo icon, click there under “Privacy and Settings”. If you have done so correctly, you’ll see this dashboard below. In the far right bottom corner of this image below, you’ll see “Manage your recommendations.” Click there to go to the next step.
In the menu bar below “Recommendations,” you have the option to click on Give Recommendation, among other choices. See that step below.
Your Key LinkedIn Takeaway:
- Don’t let another distraction deter your time away from supporting your referring sources.
- That indelible link (ink) between your LinkedIn profile and theirs will stay there forever, unless suppressed by either of you.