...unless I've seen the quality of your work.
If I know you, and I know how good you are, I will happily give you a
testimonial. You won't even have to ask, since I always write
testimonials for people I work with (or see working with clients) that
Alas, I receive requests on a regular basis from people I've never met,
or hardly know. Sometimes they have written a testimonial for me (often
on LinkedIn), and ask for one in return. It's tough for me, since I
don't wish to appear ungrateful, but I often reply explaining why I
can't reciprocate. I often delete their testimonial for me too, since
it's not based on any real evidence.
I believe that the practice of recommending and doing "testimonial
deals" between individuals who barely have a relationship is devaluing
testimonials in general. I'm not impressed by the number of testimonials
on a profile. I rely on personal recommendations.
What's your view?