Excellent LinkedIn Recommendations – an example

October 23rd, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

I just approved this unexpected and unsolicited LinkedIn Recommendation for my LinkedIn Profile.  I really, really like it for a number of reasons (my comments in paranthesis):

Deiric McCann has endorsed your work as CEO at JibberJobber, LLC.

Dear Jason,
I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Details of the Recommendation: “I first came across Jason when looking for good books on how to harness the power of LinkedIn for driving sales networking efforts (puts our relationship into context – how/where we met, how he found me). I was struck by the straightforward and ‘how to’ nature of this excellent (I’m on LinkedIn – Now What?’) (that is a recommendation of one of my outcomes/products – and being “struck by” is a great way to emphasize the impact).

The book impressed so much (again, emphasized by something that could have been “just a book”) that we had Jason address two of our in-house webinar programs (serving about 300 sales professionals worldwide). He bowled our people over (bowled over? That’s another great use of language to emphasize… :)) with the breadth and depth of his knowledge on LinkedIn (breadth and depth of knowledge = expert. It’s better for others to talk about my expertise than it is for me to talk about my expertise… right? I use “breadth and depth” in my presentations but I haven’t heard others talk about my breadth and depth… ) – and with his understanding of how to apply that knowledge to practical business situations (and these are hard bitten sales people who have seen it all!) (two points here – one is I’m not just an empty consultant, I am a practitioner. Two is that I went in front of a “tough” audience and left an impact – two very key points for others who might want to hire me).

We’re looking forward to having Jason back again (would you ever hire Jason again? YES). I cannot recommend this man highly enough – he’s a real difference maker.”
Service Category: LinkedIn Consulting
Year first hired: 2009 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Excellent job – rarely do I see a LinkedIn Recommendation this long, but Deiric really packed a lot of stuff in it!

One quick comment about formatting – he wrote this in three paragraphs but on my LinkedIn Profile you only see one paragraph… so if you do paragraphs just know they will get lost when they are displayed on LinkedIn.

  1. 4 Responses to “Excellent LinkedIn Recommendations – an example”

  2. By Amy Franko on Oct 23, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Jason, I agree, this is a great recommendation (and all true!). It’s nice to get these unsolicited surprises!

    One thing I do when requesting a recommendation – is to provide that person a couple of points to consider in the writing – in their own words and style of course.

    For example, I recently requested a recommendation for my work as a board member. I asked the chapter president if she would comment on my leadership style and the programming quality.

    Because otherwise you can end up w/ something too vague.

    Hope you’re doing well!

  3. By Lisa Hendrickson on Oct 24, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Jason! It’s great to get those types of recomemdations! Kudos!

    I wonder if he could force an HTML in his recommendation?

  4. By Jason Alba on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    @Lisa, as far as I know you can’t put any html in Recommendations… let me know if you find out otherwise…

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