Often the greatest gifts we can give another is to listen to them.
Just listen and give acknowledgments (nods, “yeses,” and occasional brief recaps of what you heard).
No advice, no direction, and certainly no oh-yeah-let-me-tell-you-what-happened-to-me.
In your corner,
PS: This is a leadership power tool. Listening can melt tensions, heal worries, and open doors to new opportunities. It works well with our friends and miraculously with our enemies.