If you haven't noticed by now I'm one of those people. You know the ones - always ready with a piece of advice whether you want it or not.
Okay, so I'm not one of the worst kinds who offer advice even when it isn't asked for... Yeah, maybe I am. But I don't think I'm one of the pushy ones.
I like to think I only offer advice in cases where the person genuinely seems like they need it. A gentleman gazing at the shelves next to me for a long enough period of time will elicit a 'can I help you find something?' And if his reply is that he's looking for X, but doesn't know which brand to buy, I'll try to help. If he says he doesn't need help, I leave him alone.
The thing about advice is that the person on the receiving end can always take it or leave it. I won't be offended - especially if the advice I'm offering was unasked for. Hey, it's just my opinion and if you weren't interested in the first place, it's your choice to listen or not. If you asked for my advice, and then ignore it entirely? Well, that might get my undies in a twist a little. But hey, that's the chance we both take in the advice game.
Do any of you ever watch those shows where an expert is called in to help a failing business? Restaurant Impossible, Hotel Impossible, Tabitha's Salon Takeover, Kitchen Nightmares, Bar Rescue... I love watching someone come in, takeover a business that's on the fast track to bankruptcy, and turn it around. Now there's some good advice on those shows. Experts in their fields. In those cases, it would be wise to listen when they talk - but even then, it's advice that can be taken or left. Those that listen, thrive. Those that don't? You can usually check back on them 6 months later and find they went under. :shrug:
Not that I'm saying my advice is anywhere close to expert. Oh hell no. I'm just out there giving tips, hints, suggestions on what might work for me. If I tell you to do X, and it doesn't work, try Y. I'm not infallible.
So, if you're out there wondering about something, don't be surprised if I jump in with my two cents. Accept it or don't. Your choice.
What about you? Are you an advice giver? Do you ask for advice or do you hint around that you might need advice and hope someone jumps in? And if someone gives you unasked for advice, what do you do?