Should You Be Giving Advice On Linkedin?

best-advice-focus[su_dropcap style=”flat”]O[/su_dropcap]NE THING that’s abundantly clear, we all love to give advice and share our insights. I don’t know about you, I read a great deal of blogs and posts on a daily basis, it’s part of my personal development and, I’m always curious about how people think and see the world as it is today. What I’ve discovered, at least from my perspective, is that people give more bad advice than they do good advice.

What’s The Danger?

So what’s the danger when giving advice or sharing your insight, are we doing more harm than good or the reverse. What if everyone is saying the something similar or the same, does that make the advice good, or does that mean the group is close minded and can’t clearly see the challenge with their thinking (Group Think).

When we give advice, can we defend or support our thinking with science, or at least a process that can be defended to substantiate how we came to our decision. LinkedIn is often times like Jonestown, large groups of individuals who just can’t wait to drink the Kool Aid. Where this inevitably leads us to is a place we really don’t want to be, allowing conventional wisdom to continue to guide us.

The other danger I’ve observed is what I call the “Expert/Guru,” syndrome. We often confuse giving advice with making a decision. Just because you’re an expert in an area, doesn’t qualify you to make a decision, the two are mutually exclusive. If you don’t believe me then ask yourself this question, how can you make a decision for me when you don’t know or understand what priorities, values, environmental or individual priorities will affect the decision I need to make, you don’t, therein lay the problem.

This leads me to something that I’ve been exposed to lately, a brilliant individual, by the name of Dr. Errol Wirasinghe Ph.D., has spent the last ten years understanding and developing a 7 step process that allows the average lay person to make defensible decisions. What I learned from him is that we often confuse problem solving with decision making. Problem solving is about the problem, (Experts with solutions), decision making is about the individual.

What really peaked my curiosity is that decision making is the once competency that’s never been addressed, we’ve never been taught how to make defensible decisions, I know this simply because I’ve scoured the globe to find solutions and there aren’t any, certainly none that can be used by the average lay person.

So, should we or you keep giving advice?


John Prpich
John Prpich
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  1. I’ve put enormous faith in my mentors; presumably They made it through the same kinds of decisions I have before me, and therefore, I’ve allowed my memory of their character to condition my initial and/or follow-up response. NOT listening to these signals makes me feel somehow unique. Having a dialogue upstairs that is based on some formal science would be cool. Deciding to do ‘the right thing,’ based on someone else’s guidepost only occurs to many of us after we’ve suffered the worst of the worst.

  2. Thank you for sharing this great article John. The answer to your question is Yes. I should continue giving advice to anyone on LinkedIn that has the desire to build a world class LinkedIn network. In case you do not remember me John, my name is Bill Brinkle and I am known as The Global Uniter. The reason I give advise about LinkedIn, is I am an expert at building 30k networks in less than one year. Let me say, before I started LinkedIn, I had NO prior Social Media Experience and taught myself a comprehensive connection program. My latest e-book teaches members how to utilize LinkedIn to its fullest and to build their network with like minded professionals. One thing that we all need to succeed on LinkedIn is connections. This is what I teach. In fact, I built my prestigious world class network of 30k professionals in only 9 months. For anyone that has less than 5k connections, I highly recommend my latest e-book. This e-book may be utilized as a guide book for building a remarkable LinkedIn Network. My e-book may be purchased for $15.95 at the official website listed below:

    Kind Regards,
    Bill Brinkle
    The Global Uniter

    • Thanks Bill, yes I do remember you. In this particular example, I can see why you would be giving advice given your expertise and I imagine your success in helping others in this specific area. The challenge with giving advice in general is being clear and certain about the competence and level of expertise.
      What I’ve discovered on LinkedIn is the countless number of individuals who describe themselves as Guru’s, Visionary’s, leading experts and the list goes on and on. When I see the type of advice they are giving based on how they perceive themselves and their competence, I find it to be quite scary and disturbing. Most individuals have decided on their own to describe themselves in this manner and frankly, most are quite dellusional.