My favourite unsolicited advice
Since I started posting 3 times per week on my ‘Fix your Colours’ series on Facebook, I have noticed that when I don’t comment on every single part of the room in question, people start asking “What would you do?”
Last week, when I posted a link to a step-by-step tutorial on How to Mess up your Kitchen remodel someone asked “Maria, how would YOU have fixed this kitchen?”
So here’s the thing. Ever notice when advice is free, you really could care less about it? Especially if you’ve already made irreversible and expensive mistakes that will not change anytime soon. I mean, what good is that kind of unsolicited advice (especially on hard, permanent fixtures like countertops or flooring) if you don’t have the budget to change it?
A consultant is paid to help their clients make decisions, to give direction, feedback and guidance.
When someone is PAYING their hard earned money for my advice, especially because they are about to spend money on changes they don’t want to regret, they expect all of my advice and I give them my everything I’ve got! I’m committed that they have a home they love when they walk in the door.
My favourite unsolicited advice (another one)
And I’m guilty of giving unsolicited advice just like anyone else.
A couple weeks ago, I clicked on a post to a site I was subscribed to and read a totally generic, preachy post with advice I could easily get if I typed in a single google search.
There was nothing in the post that would have me relate to the writer in any way. Their personality was no-where to be seen.
And I couldn’t stop myself, I posted a comment that said basically that. I figured, she is working hard to make a difference and make her mark in the blogosphere and maybe she doesn’t know that the only way to differentiate her blog from everyone else’s is by expressing her personality.
When I write generic but helpful posts like this or this, I barely get any feedback, but when I give advice or show interiors while at the same time weaving in something personal that readers can relate to, well, those posts are the most fun for me because I feel like I’m having a party with my friends the next morning when I’m reading the comments.
Anyway, who knows whether this blogger appreciated my advice, but I also think some people (including me) are more open to unsolicited advice than others.
If you’re participating in any form of social media, you’ll get opinions all day long whether you overtly ask for them or not and there’s no way to avoid it.
My favourite unsolicited advice (also a really good one)
Over to you, my lovelies, where do you stand on unsolicited advice?
Do you appreciate it or would you rather tell the deliverer of said advice to ‘Back off sister!’
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