“Trust is earned“. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone mention that phrase, I’d probably be a millionaire.
While that statement may hold some truth, the reality is that Trust is first given, before it can be reciprocated. Demonstrate that YOU have ENTRUSTED a responsibility to your friend, your colleague, or your business partner.
Be BOLD! Verbalise it.
Look him straight in the eyes and say “I’m trusting you with this matter” to let him know its important. If he appears shifty or lost, ask him to clarify the task and confirm that he understands the objectives.
Lastly, keep tabs and follow-up on the progress to make sure he’s on the right track, and provide encouragement to let him know he’s doing good. He’ll feel good knowing he’s doing ok, and knowing that YOU know he’s doing ok adds to the mutual building of trust.
Remember these steps:
Have YOU trusted someone today?