In two previous blogs, I spoke about the “I” in “Credibility” and also discussed that you “Can’t leave credibility at home” — it has to be with you ALL the time.
Sandy Allgeier, my associate a number of years ago, authored an incredibly thought-provoking book entitled: The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back
(If You've Lost It). Check out Amazon.com!
I corresponded with her recently informing her that I would mention her and her book as I recapped some of the salient points she illustrated in both the book and an article she penned a number of years ago.
In the article, the 17 Credibility Busters, Ms. Allgeier discusses “actions or non-actions” that will impact your life. I won’t mention all 17; however, I believe the following list will be a good starting point for your personal checklist — to ensure your credibility.
In short, personal credibility is judged by your actions — your actions.
Normally, people won’t look at you and say, "Now there’s a person with lots of credibility"—but if you display a lack of it, they will most definitely notice.
Oh, one other point to make, which I begin with a question: Is this a business Blog? Yes it is. But remember that Personal Credibility is with you all the time: in business, your personal life, your social life, your community life — yes, your entire life.
Use the following checklist to determine the actions or non-actions that determine one’s personal credibility:
Failing to do what you say you will do.
Breaking appointments (or frequently rescheduling them
Constantly showing up late.
Speaking first, thinking second.
Coming across as "all knowing" when you're really just thinking out loud.
Telling little white lies that morph into Big Hairy Lies.
Putting others down to pull yourself up.
Making too many excuses—even if they're legit.
Exhibiting body language and vocal tone that doesn't match your words.
Trying to do everything—but ending up doing it all in a half-a**ed way.
Casting blame when you should be solving problems.
Hold that mirror in front of yourself. Do any of the eleven credibility busters I listed apply to you? Be honest. Does this list seem overwhelming? It doesn't have to be. It’s best to focus on one "credibility buster" at a time and work to eliminate it from your life. The results you see will spur you on to self-improvement in business, your personal life, your social life, your community life, and yes, your entire life.
Credibility Busters — Can you trusted to do what you say? http://www.glowan.com/pdfs/goal-getting.pdf
The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back (If You've Lost It). Check out Amazon.com!