5 ways to build trust
1. Be authentic
It's tempting to portray yourself as something that you're not.. Perhaps you want to fit in or to land a job. But eventually the truth will come out, and if you engaged under false pretenses, your credibility will be ruined.
2. Be vulnerable
Showing weakness is scary. Others can exploit your weaknesses. However, there is more goodness in the world that vulnerability allows others to empathize and relate to you. The reward for building connection is greater than the risk of being exploited.
3. Be empathetic
People have differing points of view, and those who try to see the world from different perspectives are often appreciated. You can disagree with someone but first try to understand their position.
4. Seek truth
There are certain objective truths that are not dictated by opinion. Seek out the truth by questioning everything, even if the idea fits conveniently within your worldview.
5. Give back
Contribution is one of the best things you can do to build trust if you are genuine in wanting to help.