Giving Advice Letter

Sometimes, all people need is a little motivation or some friendly advice to push them forward with their goals or their dreams. This isn’t always the case as some people really despise getting advice from anyone and prefer to do everything their own way, but sometimes a little advice is all people need.

Writing a letter of advice may push people into the right direction. It really depends on the situation and the individual person as to whether this is a good idea or not. Don’t try to be condescending or dictatorial when writing these out, you need to be the guiding hand.

The format should be typed out on a personal letter head.


Starting to Write


First, you want to identify the individual situation the reader and figure out what they’re getting advice on.


While they don’t always ask for your opinion, you should always remind them of the facts if they did. Doing so when they didn’t ask for your opinion makes you look arrogant and bull-headed.


Give the advice in a clear and kind manner. Don’t be mean and don’t be snobby about the advice you give.


If you’re an authority expert on the matter, recommend they follow your advice in order to avoid future failure.

Sample Letters

Giving Advice Letter Sample

Dear Roger,

I’m deeply sorry that another co-worker in the office had overheard a conversation that you didn’t originally intend for them to hear. I am happy that you contacted me over the issue and asked for my professional opinion so I’m going to give you my opinion:

When it comes to business and the office, that’s what kind of talk should remain in the office. When it comes to personal life, it’s highly recommended that you discuss it outside of work where there aren’t a lot of people sitting around you. Now, I’m a firm believer in keeping your comments to yourself and sometimes this isn’t always the case.

If any co-worker doesn’t drop the issue or begins to harass you, then kindly forward your report to the Human Resources department so they may deal with it.


Matt from Management

Think about the reader and who’s going to read it. Ask yourself if they in fact asked for the advice or if it’s completely unsolicited.
Be specific when offering criticism as well, don’t just say something “sucks” but give specific examples.