April 9, 2012

Influence: 7 Keys to a Trust Network that Will Grow Your Business

published this at 7:42 am


The Strongest Networks Thrive on Trust and the Truth


Last September, a man I admire and respect gave me what is possibly the highest compliment of my business life. We were speaking of filters and sharing information, when he said …

Even those who see the world differently, trust you to tell them the truth.

Good news, bad news, exciting developments, dire warnings — Data is simply information.

Information is nothing if we can’t trust it.

Without information we trust, we can’t move without risk.

7 Keys to Trust that Will Establish Your Business, Your Brand and Your Reputation

One of my most popular interactive presentations is called “Who’s Telling Your Story?” It outlines a clear strategy to enlist and inspire a deeply active community of fiercely loyal fans who spread your story and protect your brand. The first key point in that presentation is to know your story and to build your network before you need it.

But not all networks are equal. The network that builds a business, a brand and a reputation is connected by deep trust and consistent behavior.

That trust network is not simply a contact list, a customer base, or even a team of people who love the company and it’s customers. That trust network is people who tell our best true story, move to action when we ask, and protect us from threats. A network like that doesn’t happen by happy accident. It takes deep commitment, consistent trustworthy behavior, and relentless focus.

Here are the 7 Keys that attract the people who will join your truest trust network and bring their fiercely loyal friends.

  1. Identify and hold true your deal-breaker values — the qualities that define you.
  2. Communicate your goals and intentions. Let people know the why behind the what you’re doing.
  3. Make and keep promises and commitments to yourself, your team, and your larger community.
  4. Anticipate needs. Don’t assume others’ needs are what yours would be.
  5. Be aware if you offer treat people differently and know why you do. Those of us who care know, do you?
  6. Own your actions and their impact. Apologize quickly, well, and concisely for bad judgment, bad behavior, and bad math.
  7. Tell the truth … as gently or as firmly as the people and situation suggests you should.

Think of your best bosses, your best teachers, the best team you ever were on, your best friends and coworkers, how many of these seven did / do they have? How much better would they have been / be, if your answer was all seven?

To build a community network that brings you information you can trust, do all 7 for the people who love you now and the word will get out faster, easier, and more meaningfully than any story you might tell.

Start by doing the first with a vengeance. Then get moving on the second. As you do them, notice how the way you see your business changes and the they way people respond. Move sure and slowly. Keep all 7 Keys in the decisions you make and notice how your decisions become more focused and how those decisions attract people you trust.

The value of information is in how much you trust the source.
The essence of influence is trust.

A reputation of trustworthiness is a barrier to entry that’s hard to cross.
A trust network of people who share that trust and act on it — employees, volunteers, vendors, partners, customers, shareholders, advisors, friends, family — amps that barrier up exponentially to irresistible.

How will your own trust network that will grow your business and your brand?
Get started.

Be irresistible.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz on your business!!

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24 Comments to “Influence: 7 Keys to a Trust Network that Will Grow Your Business”

  1. April 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am
    steveplunkett said

    Fabulous article.. very true… we have hired people from the “trusted network”.

  2. April 10th, 2012 at 8:32 am
    Anne Thomas said

    Thanks Liz :) Most excellent advice!

  3. April 10th, 2012 at 8:33 am
    Slavica. said

    Love what you write. Started a blog about starting an Empire. http://attractitude.wordpress.com/
    Yes, I want to follow those rules you prescribe and actually do up to now.

  4. April 10th, 2012 at 8:37 am
    Andreas Wiedow said

    Please educate me on 4) Anticipate needs – on which level (IRL / online) and to what extend ?

  5. April 10th, 2012 at 9:11 am
    James Duckett said

    I loved #7, honesty is always the best policy.

    Could you explain #5, I’ve read it thrice and I still don’t understand…

  6. April 10th, 2012 at 9:19 am
    Charlie Perkins said

    Great article Liz! Thanks for sharing.

  7. April 10th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    Roger Anderson said

    We feel we are too small to have a network – maybe that is self-fulfilling

  8. April 10th, 2012 at 10:09 am
    Bill Lazdowski said

    #2 is one that I have difficulties with. I’m usually either too concise or too in depth. Finding the happy medium eludes me often.

  9. April 10th, 2012 at 10:13 am
    Andrew Cranston said

    Thanks Liz!

  10. April 10th, 2012 at 10:17 am
    Ed Nix said

    Great advice Liz – consistent trustworthy behaviour – how true it is.

  11. April 10th, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Rich Bradford said

    As always, another great article, Liz!!

  12. April 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    jRuth Kelly said

    All good, 1 to 7 and right in there with what we need in everyday living.

  13. April 10th, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Liz Hall said

    Awesome advice as usual! Thank you and have a fabulous week!

  14. April 10th, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    Tom Royce said

    Great post Liz!

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  16. April 10th, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    Randy Talbot said

    Very good, I agree!
    Am I reading it wrong or missing something – should the statement “A reputation of trustworthiness is a barrier to entry that’s hard to cross” say a “reputation of untrustworthiness”?

  17. April 10th, 2012 at 11:49 pm
    Srivatsan said

    Simple, straight to the face article. Thanks so much for sharing such a great read.

  18. April 11th, 2012 at 3:35 am
    JP said

    Thanks Liz you are right

  19. April 11th, 2012 at 3:37 am
    DET said

    thanks Liz,

    this is what I see as well.

    Telling the true is giving much more….


  20. April 11th, 2012 at 4:04 am
    Wayne Mansfield said

    I like number 4:

    Anticipate needs. Don’t assume others’ needs are what yours would be.

  21. April 11th, 2012 at 5:12 am
    Jeroen said

    Thanks Liz, very interesting post. I’m not sure if #4 contributes to Trust, but it’s definitely important for any business to act accordingly. Like James I don’t really get #5, which may be because English is not my native language – or is there a typo in there? I do agree that it’s important to be cautious when offering different services/terms to different people/businesses. That should only be done when there’s a very clear and transparent explanation to that.

  22. April 11th, 2012 at 6:33 am
    Tim Pixley said

    Much of it has to do with proving that one has character and integrity. Given the plethora of media options, it’s easy for many people to pose and be charlatan these days.

    However, time has a way of exposing one’s character and integrity one way or the other.

  23. April 14th, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    Alex Zmushka said

    Successful networking is not possible without those two fundamental things: trust and truth! You are so right Liz (as usual :-) ) Thank you for the post!

  24. April 16th, 2012 at 2:40 am
    Priya Kamble said

    Thank you Liz,
    Very interesting post..Thank you for sharing this post..

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