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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 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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