Characteristics of a Good Advisor

Characteristics of a Good Advisor

April 30, 2021 by investor

In working with an advisor for your startup, look for these characteristics:

– The advisor has first-hand experience in the industry, running a business, closing sales, and more.
– They listen and can relate your problems to actionable solutions.
– They have been through the same challenges and experiences as you are going through.
– They ask meaningful questions and probe to get to the bottom of things.
– They understand you and can motivate you.
– They have opinions and share them even if those opinions are not popular.
– They devote the time to the advisory work.
– They are effective communicators. They are articulate and can persuade.
– They can help set goals with actionable steps.
– They bring a network of investors, other advisors, and collaborators.
– They respect the opinions of others.
– They have passion for their work.

If you don’t see these things in a potential advisor, you may want to reconsider.


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