For some, asking for LinkedIn recommendations is as easy as saying hello! For others, it crosses over into the discomfort zone. But as we know, if you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing. 

What better way to grow than to step into that discomfort and allow those you have served to share what an extraordinary experience it is to work with you?

Here are a few ways to make that request process a bit easier.

1. Just give. Not give to get. Just give!

Make a list of 3-5 people you have worked with but did not provide a LinkedIn recommendation for yet. 

It doesn’t have to be recent. Imagine what a joyous surprise it would be for someone to receive an unexpected rave review, no matter when the relationship took place.

Take time to look at their profile to see what they are currently focusing on to make sure you can be as relevant and specific with your recommendation. 

One thing you’ll notice is, it feels good to do this for someone! And that may be one way to take the edge off of your discomfort in asking for one. Those you ask to do so, will be happy to oblige if they experienced success in working with you.

Quite often this gesture does come with reciprocation. And LinkedIn is there to help you. When someone accepts your recommendation onto their profile, it also suggests that they do the same for you.

2. Start with what you’ve already got. 

Another great practice is to look at testimonials you’ve already received in other forms. These may have been received in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Google Review
  • Facebook Review
  • Email
  • Voicemail

Many Realtors & lenders have great reviews on Trulia or Zillow that never find their way to LinkedIn. 

Restaurants, retail shops, and fitness studios may have a top-notch sentiment on Yelp that they’d like to also showcase on LinkedIn.  

Ask those people who are already so fond of you to place that same testimonial on LinkedIn. Make it easy for them to simply copy/paste and they’ll typically always help out!

  1. Send the person an email or recommendation request indicating great appreciation for the testimonial, and let them know you’re upping your LinkedIn game and would love to feature that testimonial on your profile.
  2. Copy and paste the original review they wrote below the email.
  3. Ask them to simply copy and paste what they wrote previously into your LinkedIn Recommendations. 
  4. You can do this via the LinkedIn recommendation request process itself, or via a custom email using your unique URL. 

See step 3 for this sneaky LinkedIn hack!

3. Make it part of your closing process.

Sometimes, people simply don’t like dealing with LinkedIn’s recommendation process but don’t realize there’s a way around it. 

What do most of us do when we finish a project or close a transaction with someone? Send them an email to wrap up a project, thank them, let them know we’re still here for them, and hope to continue the relationship. 

At the end of that email, simply add one more line, asking them for a review of your work together. You may want to highlight any roadblocks you helped them through or particular successes you achieved together to plant a seed.

Then, include your recommendation URL** for them to click directly to.

Recommendation URL you ask? Here are 2 ways to find it!

**How to get that URL…

  1. Grab a friend and have them log into their LinkedIn profile.
  2. Go to YOUR profile while logged in as them.
  3. Click on the “More” button and then “Recommend”.
  4. Grab the URL from the address bar and save this URL as a bookmark, or add it to your email signature.

OR simply use the format below and customize it for yourself. Make sure to test it before you take these steps!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/YOUR UNIQUE LI NAME/detail/recommendation/write/

Current LinkedIn recommendations can go a long way to establish trust, expertise, and stand out from others a potential client may be researching.

Now go get your horn tooted! 🎷 

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