How to Build Trust

Trust is earned over time.

by Michael Corthell

Building trust requires two primary ingredients: time and consistency. Consistent behavior over time equals trust.

Trust is a willingness to be vulnerable to another.

Trust is a very valuable asset. It affects everything we do. Being trusted by other people is one of the things you must have to be a successful human being.

Trust weaves human societies together. It is also the most important part of effective communication. It is a foundational principle that bonds all relationships.

To be a person that other people trust, take a look at your actions and the decisions that you make as you go about your business.

Do people trust you? They will if...

You are a positive person. You are optimistic. People value and trust others who are not negative minded and have a can do attitude.

You are authentic. People want to be around people who are real, meaning people who are authentic and have high moral character. Authentic people are not trying to be better than anyone else.

You are consistent. Everyone has a bad day. But people want to see consistent and positive behavior exhibited in the people they trust. Consistent, intelligent and affirmative actions decisions make a big difference in the eyes of others.

You have integrity. People want to be around others who stand up for what is right in life, even when no one is watching.

You are compassionate. Trustworthy people ''walk a mile' in each others shoes. They are always thinking of others, feeling for others—it’s not all about them. They practice empathy—always.

You are kind. You build up trust because you look out for others, you are there for them when they need you the most, not just when everything is going okay.

You are resourceful. You are always learning and growing. You are student of life. You always know there is room for improvement, and because of that, you know ways to help inspire other people.

You are humble. Trustworthy people want to highlight others, before themselves. They realize that teamwork works and this makes things happen.

You are available. You are present and there for people. You are available to others and always support them. You go out of your way to make time for others.

Finally, we do not trust people who don’t keep their word. We just don't. Sometimes it takes time to realize we don't trust someone. If someone lets us down a number of times, then they are deemed unreliable. This limits our desire to spend time with them, which is sometimes depressingly sad, especially if they are a fun, interesting person. Friendships and all deeply connected relationships must have trust.

by Jim Davis

''I trust my boss!'' ''I trust Apple Computer!'' But what does that mean…why do you trust them? It has been said that trust is the glue that holds people, organizations and societies together. Without trust, relationships become rigid, less efficient and economies are slowed. Yet, despite all the studies and platitudes, trust may be one of the most misunderstood, misinterpreted and misapplied aspects of human and organizational relationships.

Based upon years of his award-winning research in psychology and business, Jim Davis explains what trust is along with its associated risks. He will explain what can be done to influence how people trust you by nurturing three traits others perceive about you. Davis describes how he has worked with organizations and individuals throughout the world to improve trusting relationships.