#079: 5 Ways to Build Rapport and Trust with Your Audience [Podcast]

The ability to build rapport and trust is a critical success skill in leadership. This is obvious if you are an author or speaker, but it is necessary even if you aren’t.

A bird eating out of someone’s hand

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If you are going to be successful in influencing others—even if it’s just to buy your point of view—you must become proficient at building trust.

Last week, I participated in a panel discussion at NMX on “The Formula for Creating a Top Ranked Podcast in the Business Category of iTunes.” Cliff Ravenscraft, Dan Miller, and Ray Edwards were my co-panelists. I was asked to speak on the trust part of the formula.

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I shared five ways you can build more rapport and trust, regardless of your role or context.

  1. Show empathy.
  2. Be generous.
  3. Tell the truth.
  4. Honor your word.
  5. Be transparent.

When you do these things, you build trust. Trust is the lubricant that makes it possible for you to influence others.

Listener Questions

  1. An anonymous female caller asked, “I have a difficult time following through on my intentions. How can I change this?”
  2. Shirley Showalter asked “How do I move beyond my core audience to find a larger one?
  3. Wendy asked, “I added the word ‘blog’ to my domain name because my name was already taken. Is that going to be a problem down the line?”

Tip of the Week

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One of my readers recently shared an app he uses to organize the menu called, Bartender. It’s awesome. Here’s what it does (from their sales page):

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
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If you are a ”neatnik” like me, you’ll love this app.

Episode Resources

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