Credibility can make or break your career. Hard to earn but easy to lose. Impressions are made in seconds – the clothes we wear, the words we use, body language, everything matters when it comes to credibility. And being rich in work is a balance between competence and credibility.
If you want to advance in your career, you must showcase your skills to go to the next level. It is one of the key elements of a successful career and work-life and will increase your chances of progress in your chosen career.
So how do you ensure that the image you project is one of trustworthy and capable professionals in your organization? If you are not sure…
Check out the following points to help you increase your credibility at the workplace.
1. Use body language like a leader ✔️
Humans pay attention to only 7 percent of the actual words that people say. Did you know that most messages are conveyed through body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice? Yes, you heard it right. Your body language should convey confidence, emotions, inspire and lead people to connect with people. People will care about you when you show the same concern for them; Your fellow workers should know that they sympathize with you. Also, think about the reputation you want to establish. Do not sit with your arms on your chest in the sitting. Speak up, use open arms and express your reach.
2. Honesty is the best policy ✔️
Credibility rests on trust. And trust is built through credibility and honesty. Integrity integrates transparency and predictability. If you run away from work and lie at work, eventually everyone will spot your deception, denting your credibility. No matter how hard you try to convince others, people will always doubt your honesty. Credibility implies commitment to truth, objectivity and objectivity. People who are truthful and objective have always been considered more reliable than those who do not.
To increase your credibility, always be true to your mistake instead of hiding it. Take the time to articulate your values and examine your behavior
Build a reputation for ethical behavior and truthfulness.
3. Ability to make sound decisions ✔️
A reliable person is always counted on to analyze complex situations and make sound decisions. A person with sound judgment usually has both innate and cognitive gifts. Such individuals always tend to take a closer vision and a bigger picture than a long term perspective rather than a short term perspective.
To increase your credibility in this aspect, you must:
- solicit input from others in your decisions;
- Stay up-to-date with current trends in your industry; And
- Avoid snap judgments.
4. Learn the language of your industry ✔️
Speaking the right words at the right time can provide instant credibility. Learn those magic words to demonstrate your expertise. Often you will come up with different technical terms specific to the industry and try to use them at your workplace. Learn vocabulary by listening to your superiors and listening to how they communicate with customers. You can also read trade magazines to pick up on the latest trends and news in the industry.
5. Dress well ✔️
Some people judge books by their cover. Similarly, your coworkers will judge you by the way you dress. How a person looks and acts has a significant impact on his credibility. Embrace your strengths and prepare your age. Make sure to dress appropriately for the occasion. If your office routine implies wearing a suit every day, invest in a suit that fits well. If the last working day doesn’t allow employees to be casual, don’t wear jeans and T-shirts. Clean up thoroughly and improve your image.
6. Be confident and avoid exaggeration ✔️
Don’t share things you shouldn’t share with others. This sends a signal that you will break their trust as well. Plus, people who keep you secret will always feel comfortable sharing confidential information with you.
It is equally important to avoid exaggeration to establish trust. Did you really wait 10 seconds or 10 minutes? Such a statement can make a difference. Going round the story can bring you down a slippery slope. Exaggeration is nothing but a serious credibility killer and often makes for great humor.
7. Being rationally sensitive ✔️
People with high credibility know how to listen carefully, pull unproductive people together and inspire, and evaluate values and interests. Such individuals have high emotional intelligence to balance the ego that often comes with expertise. They are people who can be trusted to listen and act in the best interest of others. They are consistent when it comes to strong emotional character and integrity. They are not known for their extreme mood swings or inconsistent performances.
It is also necessary to evaluate criticism and objections. If reacting is your reflection, people will think of you as a reactor, then as a reflective and reliable thinker. The more carefully you consider conflicting information, the more reliable your final decision will be.
Increasing your credibility at work is not as hard as it sounds. Just think of the reasons why people in your office are trustworthy and apply those observations to them and yourself; Which will help you to build your credibility at workplace.
Demonstrating credibility will help you strengthen your leadership abilities, achieve professional goals, and be acknowledged and compensated for your skills and competencies.
If you want to appear as a trusted and respected expert in the workplace, I hope the above strategies work for you.