As someone new to a workplace, it can be daunting trying to navigate the corporate world right out of college.

So here’s three ways I’ve learned to build trust:

1️⃣ Actions > Words

Do what you say you’re gonna do (or if not, have an honest conversation on why not). This helps build trust and dependability within your team.

2️⃣ Saying “I Don’t Know”

If you don’t know something, say that you don’t know it (and that you’re willing to learn, that’s the important part).

Admitting your areas of improvement and how you’re gonna improve encourages more open, honest conversations.

3️⃣ Listen with Intent

Are you really listening or just waiting to talk? (yes, that’s also the title of a Forbes article)

In flight school, we were taught to read back important instructions from air traffic control. I realized I’ve subconsciously been doing this for important conversations at work (alongside asking clarifying questions) to promote listening to understand rather than listening to talk.

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