I Have a More Laid-Back Approach
For years I have been getting severe amounts of flack from my friends seeking a recommendation on a movie, show, or some other form of entertainment. It is improbable I, as your friend, will tell you to watch, listen or experience something. I may offer some words of encouragement or gently persuade you not to participate, but no further than that. I have no issues sharing small tidbits of information to help sway your decision, but I will not be your deciding factor.
My reasons for this are multiple, and those individuals who know me can now understand. Picture if you will someone asking you if the show is good and is it something you recommend. You feel passionate about the show and feel it was one of the best series you have ever seen. You relay this to the person asking; they then watch the series and have a negative response. Now you look like a fool because the two of you are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Now, I would have offered a simple answer of “the movie was not bad,” or I may say it was “Ok.” That same person may come to me and say they thought it was a pretty solid movie. More often than not, they come to me and tell me, “you underplayed it.”
Don’t get me wrong, I feel passionate about certain movies, series, or concerts, but I will not overly sell them. I have learned my lesson, and I will only gently nudge you one way or another. If you come out of the experience and feel the same way, we can both celebrate and converse on our love of the project. Just do not expect me to be shouting from the rooftops about the greatness of the event, as I will not be your deciding factor on whether to experience it!