People love to give advice. While it’s useful to hear what others think, sometimes they give off-target or foolish guidance. Here are a few ways to increase your odds of getting good input:
- Target your requests. Don’t ask whoever is available. Create a list of people who have access to relevant resources, information, and experience on your problem and approach them first.
- Frame your question. Figure out what you need before asking for input. Know what information would be useful to hear and help explore gaps in your thinking.
- Redirect the conversation. If the person offering advice jumps to erroneous conclusions, redirect them. Most people will not be offended when politely refocused.