Whether working with others in a professional or personal manner, being able successful at building trust will lead to stronger and longer relationships. Unfortunately, trust is not easy to build and it is not something that can be created overnight.

But there are some simple things you can keep in mind to help improve your control and results in this area.

1. It starts with being honest.
Actually, it may be more of a factor of avoiding dishonesty than being honest. When someone detects or identifies dishonesty from someone else, there is tremendous damage done to the level of trust.

Regardless of how big or significant the act of dishonesty is, the result can be doubt and questioning in future situations. This doubt and questioning has a negative impact on the level of trust.

If you want to build trust, it can help to avoid this negative impact and that can be achieved by simply being honest.

2. Do what you say.
This refers to following through on what you commit to and what you say you are going to do. For example, it is as simple as being there when you say you are going to be there and doing what you say you are going to do.

When you display this to someone else, you become reliable. By being reliable, you will take huge strides in building trust.

3. Say what you do.
This refers to being open with the way you share information. This does not mean that you need to disclose everything to everybody. But picture somebody who appears to be elusive and does not share much information on who they are, what they have done, and what they are thinking.

It would be difficult to trust this person. But if you consider the other extreme of that scenario, you would have someone that is very open and honest on where they come from, what they have done, what they are doing, what they are thinking, etc.

How much trust will you have for this person? It is likely that this person will have much more success in building trust. One way that sharing information can be very powerful when it comes to building trust is when we share information that is typically hidden or guarded.

For example, information that we are not proud about – our mistakes, our failures, things we have done wrong, etc. When you are able to share this type of information with others, it will make you appear vulnerable because you are sharing something that you are probably not proud of.

This will show humility because you are sharing something that most people don’t and this will make you seem relatable because we all make mistakes. It will decrease doubt on what you are hiding in the future because you are openly sharing information from the past that you could have hidden. Google