Everyone who services clients or patients wants and needs to be considered credible. It is a major aspect of our professional influence. Certain words lend us credibility. Words such as informed, trained, qualified, skilled, intelligence and expert all tell others that we are credible professionals. There are four ways we can express our credibility: (1) by being assertive and bold (2) by our posturing and composure (calm, relaxed and poised), (3) by our sociability – being friendly (4) by inspiring others. Fluid communication is a key factor to credibility. When we can readily share what we know about our goods, services and products and we are confident in our ability to do so, we indicate that we are credible. Citing evidence is another way to gain credibility. Doing background research is always worthy of our trouble and our time because it reinforces our point of view.
Our credibility matters. Persons who are likeable are considered more credible. Being well thought of takes time, it is not something that happens overnight. A great way to get our clients / patients to warm up to us is by being more charismatic and by using our sense of humor. Everyone loves to laugh. Humor is a great leveler as long as it is put to use carefully and not excessively.
Check Your credibility By Answering the Following Questions:
Are you experienced in your area of expertise or inexperienced?
Are you perceived as an expert?
Are you well-informed or uninformed?
Are you trained or not so well-trained?
Are you qualified or unqualified in what you do?
Are you skilled or unskilled?
What education do you still need to add to your professional profile?
You Can Build More credibility By:
Thinking about what you can do to establish greater trustworthiness.
Questioning what you need to add to your professional character?
Searching for ways to provide your clients / patients with a greater guarantee of safety?
Coming up with ideas that will increase your goodwill in the community.
Thinking of ways to demonstrate your personal integrity.
Participating in courses and practices that will add to your current level of expertise.
credibility is a prerequisite of true success. To be incredibly competent and credible we must know the nature of our business and understand our practices. We must be able to anticipate challenges and take accountability for our outcomes. credibility is a trademark that is earned after years and years of research, education, devotion to our clients /patients and much dedicated practice.