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I’ve already had a rant on this blog about the people who do reciprocal recommendations.  Now, I’d like to introduce you to a colleague of mine, Michelle Fischer of Creative Leadership, who has a really nice way of looking at this very subject.  She calls it the art of ‘saying it forward and you can read more about it on her Creative Leadership blog.

In my experience most people only provide a testimonial or recommendation AFTER they have received a request from someone to provide one, what Michelle suggests is that you change this into a positive connection by pre-empting the request and provide a recommendation for someone you like and who’s work you have valued for some reason BEFORE they get a chance to ask.

I have to say, that although I do this quite a lot in many other ways, such as sending a ‘thank you’ note or blog, or by adding links to blogs for people, writing posts like this one and creating social bookmarks for others to see; I’ve never really applied it on LinkedIn – so I think this will be an activity I shall gladly take up.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at http://womanontheedgeofreality.com and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

You can find out more about me (and perhaps connect) at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaph

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  1. Thanks Linda,
    It’s really amazing what a simple gesture like saying thank you and publicly can do – a true affirmation of having done a good job. I hope all your readers take your advice and start doing this more regularly. It’s so much more valuable than the stock “I’ll give you a referral if you give me one” approach taken by so many on Linked In.

    Keep up with all your FANTASTIC work Linda.

    Michelle

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