What do you call people who give you advice, in whatever form it may come? Instead of “the person that gives [so and so] advice”, what other monikers can be used to refer to these advisers? Why don’t we take a dive into what we managed to find out?
10 Words For Someone Who Gives Advice
For someone who gives a lot of advice, you might want to find a few ways to refer to them other than “advice giver” or “adviser”. A little research, and here is a list of words for someone who gives advice:
- Trusted Guide
- Knowledgeable Consultant
- Supportive Confidant
- Problem-Solving Pro
- Oracle of insight
- Inexperienced Adviser
- Well-meaning but Misguided Mentor
- The Neophyte Guru
- The Unprompted Expert (Busy Body)
- A person who gives unsolicited advice is called a ‘busy body’
- A wise person who has knowledge based on his or her experiences is called a ‘sage’
- A person who is a trained expert in a field is called a ‘consultant’.
When you see someone who gives good advice, you know they give good advice because there are people (you included perhaps) that could testify to trying their given ideas and getting great results.
And so while considering what to call them, here are a few good names you can use to compliment someone who is a good adviser:
1. Trusted Guide
A name like “Trusted guide” means, in no uncertain terms, that you trust this person, trust in their judgment and their advice has been of great aid to you in times past. It does the work of describing a person with good advice just fine.
A guide is a person who shows people through a path. A person who gives guidance. A person who guides. And such a person must have recurrently done the job well enough to earn a reputation of trust.
2. Knowledgeable Consultant
A great name for a well-learned person who is well-studied in many matters and can also effectively give verbal aid or guidance on such matters. The name, “knowledgeable consultant” would fit very well for people who happen to fall within this description.
A consultant is a person who is called in to seek counsel on matters that might lead to big decisions. They have a vast amount of knowledge on whatever the issue brought to them and they can easily tell where the problem may be and what the best solution would be as well.
3. Supportive Confidant
This title, “supportive confidant” is best used to describe a person that one would recommend as a therapist. A person to whom one could take problems and issues and would be sure to get an answer that works.
Being a confidant would be saying the person could listen to and understand a deep issue and be able to proffer a solution to it without turning it into a worse situation or making the one with the problem lose faith.
A supportive one would definitely boost morale and still solve the problem while ensuring the one confiding goes better than they came.
4. Problem-Solving Pro
Did you get some great advice from someone who helped you with everything you needed help with? It’s no biggie for the problem-solving pro. This name is a lighthearted alternative to “adviser” to refer to someone who gives good advice.
As problem-solving is a very crucial skill to have in this day and age, it will sound like a compliment, and that might just make them want to help you every chance they get. You can use this if you are speaking to someone who you are free with. A title like this should make them really happy.
5. Oracle of insight
Another unique name for a person who gives good advice is “Oracle of Insight”. A name like this is one that places the receiver in high regard and says a lot about the level of knowledge and insight they have.
Oracles are basically stand-ins or representatives of a higher power. Being an Oracle of Insight would mean being in a place where knowledge and wisdom are their daily bread. They can also decipher very easily a situation and advise you best on such situations.
A sage is a person who is known for their wisdom and gives good counsel and advice. The wisdom that they have is obtained from their life experiences including study, traveling, and so on, and they are very revered for it.
For anyone around you who fits the description, you can call them a Sage. While this title will be flattering on a young person, it is best you reserve it for an elder, one who is well in years and is very wise. Throwing it around will make it lose it’s worth.
When referring to someone who is not a good adviser or tends to give poor advice, it’s essential to be considerate.
Here are 4 names that convey the idea without being overly negative:
7. Inexperienced Adviser
Experience is something very essential to giving advice. If not direct experience, then indirect experience at least is necessary to give advice on any matter.
Some people have no idea what is going on and hear or see only a snippet and then decide to give advice. The name “inexperienced adviser” would fit them perfectly.
The name denotes a person who is not well versed in the craft of advice-giving, and also one who does not have much knowledge on the matter being tabled and yet decides to try giving biased advice or advice that makes the situation worse than it already was before they intervened.
8. Well-meaning but Misguided Mentor
Most times, people that give advice, do it in good faith and with good intentions. But sometimes the advice they then give is way off the mark or completely invalid. Some people unknowingly would do this very frequently. Such people would rightly earn the name, “Well-Meaning but Misguided Mentor”.
These people might be looking for a way to be relevant to the conversation and might genuinely want to help.
It wouldn’t be nice to completely throw away all the work they do, so calling them this would be a polite way to warn people about their tendency to give abstract advice.
9. The Neophyte Guru
If you have received some advice from someone, perhaps a friend and it didn’t go well for you, you can call him a Neophyte Guru. It works even better if they consistently give bad advice.
A Neophyte Guru is an ironic title that means a person who is new to teaching (because a guru is a teacher). It is a name that will burst their bubble, especially if they feel like they are skilled in something.
This name is also good for someone who gives bad advice because they might not understand what it means and they will give around feeling great and no one has their feelings hurt.
10. The Unprompted Expert (Busy Body)
One of the names that would easily describe the nature of a person that wants to poke their nose into everyone else’s business is “The Unprompted Expert”.
This moniker does wonders to describe the annoyance that is their intrusion into sensitive or influential conversations, as nicely as possible.
It could be that due to the way they always want to have a say or an opinion at any opportunity – given or not – and believe that the advice that they give would be the best for the purpose of solving whatever given problems.
People usually ask or get asked for advice before such a conversation unfolds, but not these folks.
They just tell you what they think is the answer to your problem, even though they weren’t asked. But being considerate of their feelings, you could call them this.
There are a bunch of different reasons why a person would have a need for advice. Also, a bunch of different people give different types of advice, ranging from good advice to unwanted opinions.
With this list above, you now have an extended vocabulary of words you can use for someone who gives advice. Any kind of advice?