Challenge #28 – Have others tell how great you are!
In any given field you want to know who the best person to deal with is. We’re all time short and need to rely on others when we don’t know ourselves. The yellow pages can’t do this, neither can Google.com. Nowadays we turn to Social Media as our source of quality intel.
Websites are all well and good but when it comes to testimonials, we know they’ve been hand picked and finely honed.
Linkedin is the professionals choice. If I’m wanting to research a company or key employee it’s where I’ll look first. The recommendations I find there are the true indicator I’m looking for. The more the merrier! My good friend @kevinknebl has almost 1400! It may well be a world record – he sure deserves them. But, how do you get them without bugging people?
First off, every time you bring up your Linkedin these days, the system will ask you to endorse key skills of your connections. You can pass if you’re not sure. It’s sure nice to take a few minutes each day and send a High 5 to a few people. Here’s a screen shot from mine just now:
It sure feels good to be on the receiving end.
But what about those personal recommendations? We don’t like to ask, and, we can come up with way too many excuses why people may not take the time to write on our behalf. So here’s the trick. My dear friend and co presenter of Social Media 201 Christine Till – BC’s Marketing Mentress. Teaches us how. Turn the table around and write one for them first. Linkedin has an awesome way of letting you write a powerful endorsement for someone without being asked. Write it and send it – no strings attached. I can tell you, when you receive an email from a connection with a glowing recommendation of your skills and work ethic it’ll make their day. And the flip side? A very high likelyhood they’ll write one back for you or pay it forward on someone else. Either way, we all win in the end.
“What if someone write’s something bad?” Is a question I hear often. Well, another great feature of Linkedin is that you have to accept and approve them first. So, if it doesn’t work for you – that’s ok. But it’s also an opportunity to connect with that person and make amends.
Of course you can ask to be recommended and Linkedin can do that so well too. Here’s one I humbly received:
Kevin Knebl, Speaker/Author/Trainer/Advisor, Knebl Communications, LLC (business partner)
“I recently had the opportunity to deliver a few Social Media training boot camps for Jonathan’s organization. I get to work with some amazing people, but there’s only one Jonathan. This man gives far more than anyone else does. His caring and serving nature is unparalleled. He is a true servant-leader and a man who gets things done. If you ever get the chance to work with him, grab it. You will be well pleased. Class act. A+++” October 7, 2011
What are you waiting? Go make someone’s day!