Credible and Authentic

Two of the most pivotal aspects of effective communication are also two of the most overlooked: credibility and authenticity. One of the reasons they are overlooked is because many people don't know what they represent.

Here's a primer:

Be Credible
Being credible reflects one big idea: you have to be believed to be heard. So how do you gain credibility?

First you have to start with accuracy. Nothing blows your credibility faster than to engage in what I have come to call the "misses" – mispronouncing a word, misquoting a source, or misrepresenting a perspective.

Early on in my ministry at Meck, I gave an illustration that referenced the Mackinac bridge in Michigan. I had never crossed the bridge myself, but I read a great story about it. When I told it, I pronounced it the way it is written – with a hard "c" at the end. That is not how it is pronounced. It's actually pronounced "Mackinaw." Immediately after our Saturday night service, a first-time guest who had just moved from Michigan came up and corrected me. And then, when they had finished, a second person (also from Michigan) stopped to correct me.

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