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How To Boost Your Credibility At Work

How To Boost Your Credibility At Work

Being successful at work is a balance between competence and credibility. If you want to get ahead, you need to be able to demonstrate that you can do your job and have the skills to move to the next level.

These tips will help you boost your credibility.

1. Always tell the truth

Credibility is built on trust. And trust is established through reliability and honesty.

If you lie at work, eventually someone will discover your deception, denting your credibility. Even if the lie itself is relatively minor, people will always doubt your honesty. They quite legitimately wonder that else you might be lying about.

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It is not possible to lie and remain credible.

So instead you need to set yourself a personal standard of always telling the truth. It may not make you popular, but it will certainly improve your credibility.

2. Use Spell Check

Working in an office, you probably type hundreds, if not thousands of words each day. Emails, letters, internal documents, client proposals – the list goes on and on.

Every time you write a word, you’re setting out your stall of self-promotion whether you realize it or not. People judge you by what they see. And if that’s a collection of poorly-spelled documents, you could be damaging your credibility. Because if your writing is littered with spelling errors it suggests that you lack attention to detail. Or that you are too lazy (or incompetent) to click the spell check button.

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In the age of the spell-checker there is absolutely no excuse for spelling mistakes. Allow yourself a few seconds to spell check every written communication you send out and watch your credibility climb.

3. Dress well

It’s a sad fact of life, but people really do judge books by their covers. Similarly your co-workers will often judge you by how you dress.

This fact does however allow you to work that knowledge to your advantage. By dressing well, you can help improve your image. This then translates to a rise in credibility, even though you haven’t really done anything at all.

4. Don’t gossip

Gossip plays a key part in office politics and has the potential to build or destroy careers. But no one likes their colleagues talking behind their backs.

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By participating in gossip, you help to create divisions within your team that limit productivity and success. If you want to appear credible, you need to be successful.

Gossiping is also a great way to destroy trust. If people know you talk about others behind their backs, they will naturally assume you do the same about them. And if they make that connection, they won’t trust you.

Which is just as bad for your credibility as lying.

5. Keep your word

If you promise to meet a deadline, make a delivery or complete a job, make sure you do it. Your promises (and how well you keep them) are crucial to establishing credibility at work.

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And it’s not just work-related promises you need to keep either. If you make a personal promise to one of your colleagues, like attending a party or providing them with off-the-clock help, you need to keep it.

If you build a reputation as someone who promises the world but never delivers, people will learn not to trust what you say. Which is as damaging to your credibility as lying.

So you must always do what you say, when you say.

Boosting credibility at work – it isn’t rocket science

Boosting your credibility at work isn’t really that hard. All you need to do is think about the people you trust in your office and consider why they are trustworthy. You can then apply these observations to your own character, helping you to build your credibility at work.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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