Whether you’re a teacher earning the respect of your students, a politician persuading constituents on the issue of the day, a salesperson pursuing the trust of a customer, or an employee building credibility among peers . . . trust and credibility matter. Here are 27 ways to build trust in a relationship:
- It takes many years to become an overnight success.
- Good intentions are just the beginning.
- Your reputation is their first impression.
- Show people that you care about their needs.
- A promise should be as binding as a contract.
- Never sacrifice a long-term relationship for a short-term gain.
- Don’t expect people to look up to you if you look down on them.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- The danger of shooting from the hip is hitting yourself in the foot.
- Be knowledgeable and remain current in your field.
- Follow through on every commitment that you make.
- Take the time to provide the rationale behind your recommendations.
- Stay focused. Trying to be all things to all people is a guaranteed recipe for mediocrity.
- Be objective.
- Opinions held in secret never make a difference.
- Never cut corners.
- Stand up for the things that you believe in. (Waffles are for breakfast.)
- Be a thought leader.
- At the end of the day, you’re judged by the value that you provide.
- Be straight with people. Tell it like it is.
- Don’t be afraid to present bad news. It’s worse to sweep it under the rug. (People appreciate honesty.)
- Remain calm, cool, and collected during difficult times.
- Present both sides of an issue. (Let them judge for themselves.)
- Be a good listener.
- Disclose potential conflicts of interest.
- Even a tiny exaggeration can destroy your credibility.
- Once you make a decision, don’t look back.
There’s More To Come. If you liked this list, here’s an additional 28 ways to build trust and credibility. You’ll love them. TRUST ME!
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