Mr O, I need some advice about how to give advice!
What has brought this on?
It’s like this: a friend recently came to see me about a very serious problem. I think I was able to help him, but it made me realise that I’ve never really thought about how to deal with people who ask for counsel.
You need to know that I have had no formal training in this area. But over the last sixty years I have spent a lot of time listening to people’s problems, and I’ve now got to the stage where this is my principal occupation.
So what is your approach?