This article comes from an often cited source here at CDCW, Adam Grant. With an astounding background as well as being one of the more well regarded professors of today, he’s consistently solicited for recommendation letters.
As an observant individual, he’s noted all of the different approaches and collected a list of examples of how NOT to solicit for one. Why? Because A) You may recognize yourself in one or more of these examples and B) By seeing what doesn’t work, you can forge a new path toward what could work.
Check out this article so that the next time you approach someone for a recommendation letter, you’re not saying something like: “I’m not sure if you remember me, but it would be amazing if you could serve as a reference for my application.”