The Aspects of Trust: Do You Have them All?

Published: 29th March 2010
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The Five C's of Trust, will all help you gain the trust you need to have lasting influence. Let me illustrate how these elements work in a story. Imagine you're experiencing extreme tooth pain. You've put off going to the dentist as long as possible, but now nature's telling you your time has run out. You recently relocated, so your previous dentist is 2,000 miles away and no longer an option. You ask your new friends and neighbors about their dentists and get the following five responses:

1. My dentist has great CHARACTER. He is one of the most honest people I know. He's not very competent, though. I heard he's famous for sticking the needle completely through your cheek.

Would you go to this dentist?

2. My dentist is one of the top dentists in the state. He's extremely COMPETENT, but kind of a crook. He has no character. He's been caught a few times for over billing and also sometimes fills more cavities than you actually have.

Would you go to this dentist?

3. My dentist doesn't have much CONFIDENCE in his work. One time he said to me, "I've never been very good at reading x-rays. I feel unsure about whether I should give you a root canal or just leave the tooth alone. Look at this x-ray and tell me what you think."

Would you go to this dentist?

4. I'm not sure my dentist is licensed. I didn't see any degree or diplomas on his wall, and no one seems to know where he went to school. His office doesn't have the latest equipment. He even asked me to pay cash instead of writing a check. He has no CREDIBILITY in my book.

Would you go to this dentist?

5. My dentist is a nice guy, but he doesn't keep his stories straight. CONGRUENCY and CONSISTENCY are not his strong suits. Last year he said I'd probably have to get a root canal on my molar the next time I came in. When I came back, I asked him about the root canal on my molar, and he said, "You don't need a root canal on that tooth. Who told you that?"

Would you go to this dentist?

I'm sure you would spend more time trying to find a dentist who met all five criteria. A deep and lasting sense of trust will not exist without all five characteristics being present. We know if a person is lacking in just one of these areas, it will affect every aspect of their ability to build, gain, and maintain trust.

Do People Trust You???

Consider the results from the Gallup poll on Trust and Honesty:

* Pharmacist -- 64%

* Clergy -- 59%

* Medical doctors -- 57%

* College teachers -- 53%

* Policeman -- 49%

* Bankers -- 30%

* Journalists -- 22%

* Business exec -- 21%

* Stock brokers -- 19%

* Congressman -- 17%

* Real estate agents -- 16%

* Lawyers -- 14%

* Insurance sales -- 11%

* Advertisers -- 10%

* Car sales -- 5%

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