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Let Your Advice Be Soft

"Advice is like the snow; the softer it fall,

the longer it dwells upon

and the deeper it sinks into the mind."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Poet


As I see it. . . . . . . .

Let your advice be soft   

People don't like to be lectured to or to be criticized. When you're giving advice keep this in mind and appeal to their softer side and your advice will have greater impact.  Let your advice be soft.  

People will resist hash advice and very likely tune the person out that offering the advice. If you want to words to have meaning let your advice be soft.  

When you're giving advice what your saying will be very important. But what becomes critical in giving advice is how you say, what you have to say.   

People will listen to advice when the feel it's sincere and they think that the person offering the advice has their best interest at heart. People will accept being help but they won't accept being push.   

When you're offering advice know the person that you're offering the advice to and the purpose of the advice.  

Offer your advice as a way for the person to get to what they're trying to accomplish not for personal satisfaction.   

Let your advice be soft and let the other person be comfortable in accepting it.  

©2010 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author


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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Love it! Thanks for posting! I especially love "advice is like the snow"--great phrase and visual!

Dec 28, 2010 01:29 AM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great advice you guys have there...thanks for the motivation...it will be a long long day today!

Dec 28, 2010 02:12 AM #2
Pat Yoest
Century 21 Aadvantage Gold, 702-719-2100 - Las Vegas, NV

Thanks for the post, as always is hit home.  I learned about giving advice a long time ago with three adult children.

Dec 28, 2010 03:15 AM #3
Robin Scott
Robin Scott, REALTOR® - Austin, TX
Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas

Lou, what great advice. I come from a family without tact. It's hard to learn how to say it right but so important. The choice of words and how you use them make all the difference in every situation.

Dec 28, 2010 04:23 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Great advice we should all follow. Sometimes we lose our way and need a reminder. Thanks!

Dec 28, 2010 10:47 AM #5
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Lou-This one sure hits close to home for me. I don't handle criticism well but if someone wants to get me to do something or listen to them. The SOFT approach will work MUCH better. Thanks for the timely post.

Dec 28, 2010 11:19 AM #6
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Lou -

Very good advice... I've always believed that softer is better, I use it in my approach too.

Dec 28, 2010 12:22 PM #7
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Lou:

Yes - Yes...

I just posted this quote on my Motivational Monday post yesterday!

Motivational Monday


Dec 28, 2010 01:36 PM #8
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Lou, this is so simple it is brilliant.   No one likes to be hammered over their head...

Dec 31, 2010 07:13 PM #9
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