Why you should stop giving unsolicited advice.

Giving unsolicited advice is like walking into someone’s house uninvited. Even if that person is your friend. (Please don’t visit your friends without informing them)

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This week has been a rollercoaster of drama both personally and professionally. There were times when I wanted to just rant. In fact, almost always I just wanted to pour out what I was feeling, why I was feeling that way, and everything I fantasized about the situation, but I hardly expressed any of these emotions because I was tired of ranting to someone only for the person to bombard me with series of advice I never asked for.

So instead, I spoke to my brain and cells alone in that tiny little space in my head. *laughs*  Yet, the one time I did rant this week, it was with a wonderful person that just listened beautifully well. Whoop!! Such a blessing.

People are so quick to show off how much they know about your situation, or a new project with dozens of do this, go this way, act like this, just at the mere mention of expressing your self. If you are on this table, be calming down. Cool down.

Truth is, if they needed your advice they would ask. Now, I’m not saying giving advice is wrong, I’m simply saying giving unsolicited advice is wrong. Unsolicited advice is advice that is wrong. When its clear the receiver doesn’t want your advice is where the problem lies.

Look at this scenario; My friend visiting me isn’t wrong, but my friend visiting me without prior information is wrong because a lot of things can go wrong for both me and the visitor. Firstly, I may not be at home, and she coming to meet the house locked would be a huge disappointment to her. Something that would have been adverted if she had called earlier. Secondly, I may be with my partner spending some alone & romantic time I waited for so long to have with him only for her to spoil it with her visit. Or does she want to meet us in our sensual escapades? *winks*

Now that is what happens when giving unsolicited advice to a person. Its un welcomed, its bad manners, it makes the person feel incapable of handling their own situation and its unwanted.

Isabella from reaching self shared a quote by Dalai Lama I love so such.

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’re lost.” — Dalai Lama

Knowing when a person does not want you giving unsolicited advice.

The only way to know when giving unsolicited advice is wrong is through;

1. The receivers story.

Now lets be practical shall we? Look at this two story. Lets say Chris and Joy talked to you differently.

Chris said;

“…so that was what happened my dear, and I wanted to react in different ways, but I just held it in. The fact that he used those words on me was sad. I felt it oh.”

Joy said;

“Guy remember that message I told you our MD sent, do you know that the same message has left me in the middle of a crisis. Now Ella thinks I’m out for her when you know how much I appreciate her. I just don’t know what to do. I can’t be the reason they are going through this ordeal. I wish I knew what to do to remedy the situation.”

After carefully reading those two statements above you’d see that while it is tempting to advice Chris, its obvious that he doesn’t need it. What Chris clearly need is your listening ear, attention, and encouragement, not giving unsolicited advice.

Joy on the other hand obviously needs real advice. She is confused. She needs a way out. But its not your cue to jump in right away. Understand the situation and give your best advice possible.

2. Listening

Our problem is that we too like gist, you like people coming to you, you love to play the mother hen, and that makes you hear just the words and not listen deeply. Listening would help you understand what the person wants. If Chris and Joy met you with their different situation. A good listener would understand what needs to be done while an adviser general would hop on an opportunity to drop his/her advice.

3 things to do Instead of giving unsolicited advice.

Now that you know why giving unsolicited advice is wrong, and how to know when someone needs advice, it is also important to also know what else to give in place of an advice, and when to give advice.

1. Empathize

Try to empathize with what they are going through. Empathy makes you ask the best questions to put the receiver at ease. Empathy makes the receiver even open more, and this in turn makes you understand the situation. When you empathize the receiver realizes that you’re not selfish, that you’re not trying to control the situation, and that he/she is strong enough to handle it even when you don’t give an advice.

2. Ask how you can help.

Ask first before giving an advice. Asking first differentiates you from the other person giving unsolicited advice.
“What can I do to help?
“If you ever need me I’m here. Really, don’t hesitate to ask.”
“How can I help you?”

Ask these questions before giving any advice even when your mouth is itching you.

3. Be Supportive

Instead of giving unsolicited advice why not support? Support speaks louder. An advice starts you on remedying the situation but support stays with you throughout the journey. Support says “I’ll always be here when you need me,” “I’m cheering on you,” “I’m checking on you, how’s it going?”

Support sinks deep. The one who adviced you can be forgotten but the one who supports you through the journey is hardly forgotten. Be supportive.

There are a lot of advisers on the street and less supporters. Be the one that support more.

I am here because I want people to live fuller lives and I can support them through that, not just give advice. So if you ever need my support in writing, blogging, storytelling, business Just comment below or send me a mail using the contact form menu. And if you ever need a listening ear, I’m right here. This is a safe space. Void of judgments.

Any thoughts on this post? Any relatable experience? Please share in the comment below

Did you know that journaling helps when you have no one to talk to.


  1. This is really beautiful… Enough of giving unsolicited advice.
    Sometimes I feel like unsolicited advice can make someone do wrong things that at the end they might regret.

    Don’t judge anyone when they’re talking. You’re not God. The least you can do as a friend is to offer a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and support to give. If that isn’t done, please be quiet.

    It’s better to be quiet than to cause havoc in someone’s life because of advice.

    • Ndinechi Kingsley

      Am telling you.. we fail to understand that sometimes silent is a word

    • chiqj

      Kai! Ene I’m sending you hugs for your feedback. Sometimes one just givrs the wrong advice in the name of dropping cents. Let’s be guided oh. Keep quiet like you clearly said.

      Thank you End. Love xoxo

  2. Ndinechi Kingsley

    Whoop.. That is how I jumped into a comments on Facebook wey no concern me yesterday, at the end I regretted commenting cuase the guy I was trying to correct ended up insulting my personality, so I just DM the girl that they attacked due to her post that she should just stop replying… Nice work my amiable writer have a blissful weekend

    • chiqj

      😂😂😂 oh my God! I can’t stop laughing. Mehn! I’ve been there so I understand. Your trying to help got you insulted. Its so annoying. Well, I’m glad you tried to comfort the girl somehow. The internet is full of trolls. No one is reading to listen and learn. Everyone is just waiting to insult.

      Thank you for sharing your experience Kingsley. Hugs xoxo

  3. emmanuella

    Omo, I know some times I give unsolicited advice, but today I have been deliverttt.
    Well written Chika.

  4. Seun

    I experienced this not too long ago and I remember sharing the experience with tobi. It just came out as oversabi in my opinion. And guess what the person went on rambling about their life and it had no correlation with what I said. It just came as being self centered. And I like how you convinced me to drop this comment with those last lines. Well played chika.

    • chiqj

      This is such a clear example of how unsolicited advice is perceived. I bet the selfishness and self centeredness was clear too. This Seun eh, you’ve really seen something in this your young life.

      I’m glad you really shared your experience. Thank you. Hugs xoxo

  5. Iboro

    Very well written. Thanks Chika

    • chiqj

      Thank you Henry. And more for visiting the blog. Much love.

  6. Ubong Udongwo

    Awesome write up. Thanks for the knowledge. I have learnt.

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