5 Steps to Giving Advice People Will Actually Want to Take
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Providing truly useful advice starts by coming from a selfless place. If you have ulterior motives, stop while you’re ahead.
Keep it real. Using real-life experience versus anecdotes or third-party tips can make your advice that much stronger.
Establish if the person in need of advice would prefer anecdotes, personal stories, short takeaways, specific examples, or fuller context.
Also, acknowledge the state of mind she or he is in—crisis mode or planning mode?
Simply give the topline takeaway first. If the person wants more or would like you to elaborate on what you’re saying, she’ll ask. If she doesn’t, you’ll get a thank you, after which both of you can move on.
Don’t give advice if you don’t really know what you’re talking about.
Be candid with that fact and point the person in the right direction or connect him with someone who is an expert on the topic at hand.
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