by Hoogie Espinosa . September 15th, 2014
Here are 9 unusual tips on gaining credibility that you might have not heard of.
Most of the time, bragging can make you seem arrogant and unlikeable. However, you can make it work for you by bragging about your merits when the topic has been started by someone else. By bragging in context, you get your name out there while casually continuing the conversation.
You watch celebrity news and you see some random person hang out with A-list celebs. Soon, that person is the talk of the town. This works as well with business. You can have people’s credibility rub off on you. This is why interviews are great and also why simply having a picture of someone more famous on your website works.
If you’re going to release statistics, be very precise. It’s more believable. When you use descriptors like “more than,” “less than,” or “around,” you come off as indecisive and unconfident. However, when you state things with great detail, people are more likely to believe you, because it’s a more visible idea.
This might sound pretty obvious but it’s overlooked a lot. By stating where you got your information, people are more likely to believe you. And it doesn’t always have to be from academic sources. Your own personal stories and those of people you know can improve your credibility.
As former writer of You the Designer, Jen Silverman once told me, “Images are always better.” By adding images to your statements, you make them more real and tangible, and thus believable. Adding simple portraits beside testimonials can provide more credibility. Sometimes, the picture doesn’t even have to do with the statement. A fact that we at You the Entrepreneur obviously like using.
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