Building Credibility

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Why do we all listen when someone like Jeff Bezos or Warren Buffet speaks? Why are you reading this blog right now? It’s because the speaker is credible.

Credibility is a powerful tool in life and in presentations — if people perceive you to be a credible authority on a topic, they will listen attentively, ask engaging questions, and overall make your job on stage much easier. In life, credibility gives you access to better jobs, higher pay, and generally more options.

Most new grads complain that it’s hard to get good jobs because they don’t have experience, but actually experience is interchangeable with credibility, and believe it or not, there are lots of ways to gain credibility:

1. Blog about something you are passionate about
For me, it’s presenting. But a good friend of mine blogs about healthy living, another one of my friends blogs about traveling and fashion. I include my blog address on every email I send out in my email signature, and I guarantee you that every recruiter, every person who wants to do business with me, looks at my blog. Beyond being a subject matter expert, a blog shows people that you are a good writer, that you finish what you start, that you are dedicated, respected, a leader, the list goes on. All of which adds to your credibility as a person.

2. Travel
Some of my best stories in interviews, during presentations, and in regular conversation are about traveling. Go on exchange, save up for a trip after you graduate, go visit some relatives you have in far off places, however you do it MAKE SURE YOU TRAVEL! It will broaden your mind and give you some great stories and experiences to talk about. And having good personal stories that are unique will make you a more credible speaker.

3. Do things you can put on a resume
Whether they are clubs, case competitions, internships, every additional thing that you can add on your resume is going to add some credibility. And besides: it’s a lot of fun as well!

Remember, presenting is an art form, so make your next presentation into a masterpiece!

Warm regards,

Aaleem Jiwa

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