5 Ways to Inspire Trust Face-to-Face

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In an earlier post I recommended “5 ways to Inspire Trust in New Relationships,” even before you’ve met in person. For this post, let’s assume you’re well on your way to creating a positive impression. You are now ready to meet face-to-face. How can you build on the foundation you have already established? How can you further the feelings of trust between you and the other(s)? Here are 5 ways to do just that:

Dress appropriately.

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Embarrassing Etiquette Blunders: What Would You Do?

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  • Your colleague extends his arm across the dining table to shake hands with a client to whom he has just been introduced. As he does so, he notices your horrified look as you and your co-workers look down below your colleague’s beltline. He follows your gaze only to discover that he has inadvertently immersed his tie into his glass of water.

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“Etiquette” vs. “Manners”

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Is there a difference? You bet.

Etiquette is a code of polite conduct based on social acceptance and efficiency. Just as there are traffic laws to create smooth transportation flow and prevent collisions, so there are societal rules designed to facilitate positive human exhanges and reduce conflict. When you know the rules of etiquette for any given situation, it increases your comfort, confidence and competence, and by extension, the ease and comfort of people around you.

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