Posted on Jan 31, 2013

When someone pays you a compliment, how do you react?

Do you accept it?

Do you brush it off, “oh I learned that from my mom.”

Or do you let out an incredibly awkward giggle and turn a startling shade of magenta?

And odds are, at times you’ve felt obligated to offer a compliment in return.

If that’s the case, there’s a pretty good chance that LinkedIn Endorsements are making you a little uncomfortable.

You’re probably thinking: “John just Endorsed me for my Blogging skills. Am I required to endorse him?”

Because LinkedIn Endorsements are such a new feature, there isn’t a hard and fast Code of Etiquette already established. But my best advice is that you don’t have to Endorse someone on LinkedIn just because they endorsed you. If you don’t know anything about their skills or if you can’t recommend them for their skills, then don’t. It could hurt your reputation if you Endorse someone and they don’t perform well.

On the other hand, if you can Endorse them, it’s a great thing to do.

So I would make it a point to visit their LinkedIn Profile and review their Skills Section to see if you have knowledge for and can vouch for any of their skills. If so, Endorse them! It will make them feel good, help their professional reputation, and increase your LinkedIn activity. So it’s a win-win!

Happy Endorsing!

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