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Harness the Power of a Testimonial

Award-winning writer Kathy Widenhouse has helped hundreds of nonprofits and writers produce successful content and has gained 600K+ views for her writing tutorials. She is the author of 9 books. See more of Kathy’s content here.

A testimonial is a quote from a client, volunteer, donor, or community partner that explains how he benefited from your work and your cause.

They are one of most cost-effective ways to raise awareness about your incredible work. Yet so many writers, solopreneurs, nonprofits and businesses don’t harness their power.

Make sure you do.

Why They are So Convincing

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Different voices testify about the real ways you carry out your unique mission. A quote from a real person breathes authenticity to your audience.


They are personal. Testimonies put a name and a face (if you use photos) on your work.


One member of your audience shares firsthand experience as a beneficiary of your cause with others in your audience.

Why You May Miss Out 

  • You may not realize how powerful they can be.
  • You may not recognize a testimony when you see one, even when it falls into your lap - or you may be too busy to write it down. I'm guilty of this!  Haven’t you ever had a client who said “Thank you for helping me – you made a big difference,” and you didn’t write it down?
  • You may not have a simple, intentional system to record the good words that come your way every single day.

Why Testimonials are Easy to Collect

  • People like to be appreciated. “Wow, those were really good words about our work … do you mind if I take just a sec right now to write down what you said and use it on our website?”
  • People like to be asked their opinion. Everyone’s got one. When you solicit someone’s input, they feel special and important.
  • People like to be quoted. Who doesn’t like seeing their name in print? A person who provides good words in print feels like an expert.

(More tips for putting a system into place for collecting testimonials.)

Why You Can Use Them Everywhere

  • They’re short or long. Collect both. Edit them. Use a snippet of a long one when you don’t have much space.
  • They can stand alone or together. A testimony can open a letter or top a web page. Or, you can bunch several together in long copy or in a text box.
  • They are formal and casual. When you have a pool you can pick one with eloquent language to use in a formal ministry presentation. A short, snappy statement is perfect for a postcard.

And Best of All ...

They’re free! That makes this powerful copywriting element a very special animal in these tough economic times. Testimonials are not paid endorsements, rather heartfelt words from real people.

How to Ask for a Testimonial

  • Recognize them when they come your way.
  • Create a system to track and record them. (Try this easy 4-step plan.)
  • Add to your collection week after week and month after month.
  • Use them. And watch your organization grow!

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