Most of the time, we give testimonials because we believe in the person who has solicited our recommendation and because it’s a nice thing to do. But if that’s not enough incentive to give a testimonial, then consider this benefit: testimonials can also make you look good!
For example, let’s say that you’ve used a virtual assistant who asks for a testimonial for her website. To give a good testimonials, you’ll have to describe the matter that she helped you with, and in doing so, you’re letting others know about your skills as well. Consider this hypothetical testimonial:
I’m a solo practioner who stepped into a complicated appeal two weeks before deadline. I needed a reliable paralegal to assemble the 2500 page record, insert cites into the brief and proof and cite check the product. Further, I needed someone who could work independently so that I could focus on drafting the brief. At the recommendation of a colleague, I called [VA]. She took over preparation of the Appendix entirely on her own. However, she sent me daily emails so that I could stay abreast of her progress. On deadline day, I emailed the brief to [VA] who took care of preparing the Table of Authorities, Table of Contents and filing. [VA] was so efficient that the final product came in several hundred dollars below my estimate to the client – and ultimately resulted in a precedent setting decision. The client has since retained me for another matter, and I will surely be calling [VA] to help out on this one as well!
The testimonial shows that the VA is efficient, cost-effective and reliable. But it also highlights the attorney’s skills as well – skills that will come to light where, for example, a client runs a search for an appellate lawyer.
So the next time someone asks you for a testimonial, you should jump at the chance. After all, it’s not often that you have the opportunity to do something good for someone else, while doing well for yourself.
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