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Like competence and charisma, a strong communicator recognizes that character impacts an audience’s perception of them. It’s an important component, especially if your audience doesn’t know you very well.

How’s your character level?

  • Are you honest and open?
  • Do you know how true, fair & competent the information you are communicating is?
  • Do you have the listener’s best interest in mind? 
  • Do you have an understanding of other values & traditions? 

After answering these questions, you may be wondering how you can create a perception of trust with your audience who may or may not know your character.

These 3 qualities will help you to build and define your character with others:

  1. Fairness. Show your impartiality by being truthful and delivering accurate information. Make sure you convey that your sources are solid and trustworthy.
  2. Respect.  Refrain from arrogance. An audience who perceives you as a know-it-all will immediately question or deny your credibility and may find you untrustworthy. Showing respect earns trust.
  3. Understanding. Know your audience and understand their needs. If you’re too radical, innovative or overlook their traditions, trust will be lacking. Showing them that you understand their values will demonstrate fairness on your part and will evoke trust.
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How compatible are you and your audience? It’s important to think about this before speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000.

In order to achieve communication success be certain to establish relational credibility by conveying that you understand & have similar views, values, interests and beliefs.

This co-orientation shows your common ground and sensitivity to their needs.

For example:

While visiting the U.S., Queen Elizabeth attended the Kentucky Derby and was invited to speak to the crowd. But you may be asking what could a queen possibly have in common with an audience of American horse racing enthusiasts? 


She began her speech by relating a story of a similar race in England that she always attended because of her passion for horses and the sport of horse racing.  This disclosure immediately brought a great response from the audience and a round of applause. She immediately established common ground with the crowd and won them over.

How can you establish co-orientation?

  • Identify similar attitudes, beliefs & values
  • Identify common experience
  • Convey these similarities early to build rapport

By implementing co-orientation into your communication scenarios your audience will respond in a favorable way and you will enjoy the results.

Talk turkey.

Fig. to talk business; to talk frankly; to discuss a problem with the intention of solving it.

Holidays are great opportunities to put good communication skills at work. Especially by communicating and listening well. Strong listening during festivities can help you hear where conversations are heading.

Sometimes family members, usually those who don’t see loved ones often, may want to bring up serious conversations during a fun, holiday gathering, especially if there’s a pressing issue that needs attention.

But if you sense the communication is heading down a path that you’d rather it didn’t take at that moment, then politely disengage with a simple comment such as, “I think this conversation is important to talk about while we’re together but not on Thanksgiving Day.  Can we discuss this tomorrow before breakfast or lunch?”

A reflective response gives you the chance to craft better messages before the big discussion ensues and shows the other person you heard them. Then they’ll be more likely to talk turkey at a much better time and place.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

How do others perceive you? When it comes to communication it’s crucial to consider your credibility in order for you to increase it.

If you lack credibility the message you’re trying to send has little chance of being believed or embraced.

You can increase credibility by strengthening the following 4 factors:

  1. Competence
  2. Character
  3. Charisma
  4. Co-orientation

We can show you how to build upon all 4 factors especially if you have an upcoming speaking engagement, presentation or an important meeting on the calendar.

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