What is “My Trust Worth”
Trust is something that is built in time. It is firstly earned, then maintained and preserved. Then it has to be grown. Earning trust implies moving from a position of reputational trust in which a client does not have faith in your ability to deliver but relies on your proven track record and perhaps your promises. Trust then moves to a position where your trust is engendered based on their experience of your delivery exceeding your initial promise. Clients do trust implicitly, or they wouldn’t have chosen to do business with you in the first place.
If your client does trust you, the only thing that will keep them trusting – and keep them as your client – is exceeding expectations each time and every time. No compromise! However, trust is not static. The trust challenge is exacerbated when your commitment is to continuous service excellence. Unless you continuously improve, the trust you have engendered also erodes! Trust is not only about actions exceeding expectation. It is also about language. If you are feeling compelled to use words such as because, but, should have, would have, could have; you are eroding trust. Not only is trust about integrity – doing what you said you would do when you said you would do it, but also about authenticity – saying what you mean and meaning what you say in a way that is empowering to yourself and your client. Trust is about vocalizing your sense of purpose, demonstrating your incorruptibility.