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13 Simple strategies for building trust

Source | Coaching Positive Performance

Trust forms the basis of every relationship. It is essential that people can accept that you are who you say you are and, you will do what you say you will do. The converse is also true i.e. you must be able to trust others. Without trust, you would have to do absolutely everything yourself as you could not depend on others to get the job done. When you are trying to establish a relationship, in any area of your life, you must first succeed at building trust. Building trust in certain situations can be tricky. While you may be looking to trust people, have you thought about how people view you when it comes to trust?

13 Powerful strategies for building trust

Implementing the following 13 strategies will greatly improve your success rate when building trust. As a result, building trust with others will become a much faster, smoother experience.

1. Keep to your word and follow through with your actions

The entire purpose of building trust with others is that they will be able to believe you when you say that you will do something e.g. if you promise to perform a task for them, they should be able to hand the task over to you and forget about it until it is completed.

There will be times when you regret making a commitment but for the sake of the relationship, it is generally best that you follow through on your commitment and then avoid repeating the commitment. There will be some situations where you are required to break a commitment but this should be communicated early and treated as a renegotiation.

2. Learn how to communicate effectively with others

This is usually the main reason why relationships fall apart, because of bad communication skills. As mentioned above, there will be times when you have to break a commitment but if communicated early and properly, this rarely becomes a major issue.

Another important element of communication is to be clear on what you have and have not committed to. Never leave the site of an agreement without double checking that all parties are crystal clear about what exactly has been agreed. Effective communication is critical to building trust.

If you need to improve your communication skills, check out How To Talk So Others Will Listen.

3. It takes time to build and earn trust

Building trust should be viewed as a daily activity. Don’t expect too much too soon. Focus on small steps and small commitments. As the trust level grows, you will become more comfortable making and accepting bigger commitments.

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