“Trust and preeminence are symbiotic. There is no preeminence without trust, and there is no trust without being preeminent. ” – Jeff  


In an industry that advertises “value in advance,” but then psychologically manipulates individuals into feeling so stuck that they feel they have no other option than to invest thousands into a program, how do we foster trust and lead strong with a counterculture that adds value, instead of first demanding substantial investment?


Trust is the foundation for referrals, and for long-term sustainable success. It must be built over time and with intentional effort. However, in order to have the freedom to trust others, and for others to feel the security to place their trust in you, it is imperative that you first learn to trust yourself.


“As trust goes down, the cost of doing business goes up, and the speed of business slows down tremendously.” – Nic


There are two main aspects of an individual that are crucial when assessing the level of trust. The first is character. The people we let closest to us, the people we trust with our money and our time, are individuals that are consistent with their words and actions. In addition to character, it is vital to possess competence. Do I trust the person to get the end result? Do they have the skill required for the specific situation? These are questions we subconsciously ask when we are working with service providers. However, it is important to recognize that, in order to be the best service provider possible, we should be asking these questions of ourselves. Am I being authentic and consistent with those around me? Do I have the competence to deliver the end result?


Often, individuals with a low level of competence and character seem to have an answer for everything. You know the people we’re talking about. Trustworthy individuals, who have also built a level of trust in themselves, have the confidence to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll go find out.” Those are the people to have in your corner, and those are the people to emulate. No one expects you to be all-knowing, but they do need for you to be honest in order for them to trust you.   


“Ignorance is not the opposite of knowledge. It’s the illusion of knowledge that is the most dangerous.” – Jeff


If you are ready to build a greater level of trust in your brand, service, and business, the best place to start is building trust in yourself. The competence and character that you carry will be evident to your clients, and they won’t trust you if you aren’t coming from a position of security and genuine confidence. Find an individual you trust, and ask them to give you feedback. What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how can you grow in the area of trust?


This week, comb through your marketing and position an aspect of your brand to help others move forward. It’s important to focus on the tools you have that will help the potential client to build trust in self. Find a way to give away value for free. Give to those prospective clients that need your help even before they invest a single dollar into your service. When you help others move forward in their business and life because of something you did, you become a trusted advisor. Giving away value for free doesn’t make you a pauper or a martyr. Trusted advisors become trusted service providers. Period.


Some Topics we talk about in this episode:


  • Introduction – 0:57
  • The Two Layers of Trust – 3:45
  • The Importance of Self-Trust – 10:21
  • Where Does Trust Begin? – 18:13
  • Take the Time to Foster Trust – 24:47
  • Actionable Advice – 30:23
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways – 37:51


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