How to Give Better Advice

“People seeking advice are generally not interested in being told what to do, but in gathering information so that they will have more alternatives and perspectives to consider.”

No matter how pure your intentions, the advice you give people likely doesn’t land as well as it could.

Scientific American breaks down research that reveals common mistakes advice-givers make and explains how to give better advice.

The tips include to better understand the perspective of the person you’re advising before giving them advice, avoid giving advice you don’t follow yourself, and don’t pitch the benefits of something without acknowledging its costs as well.

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