Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How to Give a Good Recommendation

A simple concept often misunderstood: how to give a good recommendation. 

A bad recommendation is just you recommending something you like regardless of your audience's interest.

A good recommendation is you recommending something you enjoy to someone whose preferences and sense of aesthetics you are taking into account when you make the recommendation.


  1. A common mistake!! I have come up against this when trying to turn my friends on to metal. You have to hit upon the correct "gateway band" for the individual.

    1. Yeah, I could see that. Not everyone can start off with a big dose of Cannibal Corpse or Napalm Death.

  2. I've found you can recommend things pretty far outside of someone's usual oeuvre as long as you've put some thought into the "I think you might like it because..." or "I like it because X," where X is framed as something that the person you're talking to can relate to, even if it's not something that's to their particular taste.