Give One, Ask For One – My Daily Commitment to LinkedIn Recommendations

Marking my calendar. April 26, 2017. Today I am committing to a new daily business ritual. For the next year, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I am going to pick someone within my extensive network to recommend on LinkedIn. I’m also going to ask for a recommendation from one of the many incredible colleagues I have worked with over the last 20 years.

LinkedIn Recommendations is a feature that often gets ignored. We get busy, settle into a new job or a new project, and we forget to give testimony to the amazing people that were part of our professional journey. I have been guilty of that. It’s been years since I have strategically managed my recommendations section on LinkedIn (a site that I visit daily). That changes today.

I’m entering the next phase of my career, exploring full-time opportunities that allow me to use my superpower to enhance a company’s reputation and grow revenue for a suite of products. After SXSW in March, I realized that I was ready to be part of a bigger team, leveraging my experience and relationships with technology companies, global brands, agencies (big and small), influencers, creators, journalists, media companies, and my supportive online audience. I relaunched my site and my raison d’être: I build ecosystems of influence. I’m still consulting through this process and excited for what the future holds.

I invite you to join me on this journey. Think about the following questions:

  • Are my LinkedIn recommendations current enough?
  • Do I have colleagues represented from every company and experience?
  • What are the superpowers and areas of expertise I want to emphasize?
  • How can I give back to those that have impacted my career, mentored me and been a lot of fun work with?

Public commitments are scary business. We all strive to achieve those daily rituals that make us better – exercise, meditate, journal, read, eat healthily. It’s a long list of hopes and dreams.

But then I saw my friend Peter Shankman’s video about how his Shankminds community holds him accountable. Wow – that lit a fire under my proverbial you know what.

Whether you join a Mastermind group or just ask your friends, family, and social networks to keep you accountable, it’s a super important component of achieving your goals. I ask all of you to help me. Hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat. Ask me for a recommendation through LinkedIn, cheer me on, remind me. I won’t be able to respond to everyone, but I am going to do this. This week I’ll catch up by doing a bunch to get the ball rolling.

5 Tips To Make This Efficient & Fun

If you are interested in joining me for some #LIReco fun, try these 5 tips:

  • Write a few short sentences that you will provide to those you are asking for a recommendation, explaining your goals and objectives.
  • Keep it simple. “I realized it was important to recognize the best people I have worked for and with.”
  • Draft 2 – 3 bullets that your colleagues can edit (or even write a draft to make it easy for them to customize).
  • Network in-real-life and prioritize those that you recently got to catch up with in person. Let them know you want to do this.
  • Most importantly, as with everything in life – give to receive. Here is the link to easily access the “Give” a recommendation part of LinkedIn. (Thank you LI for making that so easy to find). 🙂 I suggest you bookmark the link.

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Loved seeing YiYing Lu and many other great friends at The Shorty Awards this week in NYC. YiYing is the Creative Director at 500 Startups and she’s amazing. She earned a #LIReco this week.

#karma #payitforward #keepmeaccountable

Thanks in advance for your support.  You all rock.