Myth #6: “I don’t think I’ll be able to find someone I can trust.”

Working with people you trust is imperative. From assistant coaches to athletic trainers and administrators, trust is the foundation. When you bring in an outside resource you need to know it is someone you can trust. But trust often takes time to develop and this presents a challenge for coaches who usually search for a professional at the moment they need assistance.

While trust does build over time I do believe there are some ways to figure out if someone is a trustworthy person and a good fit for you and your program. Here are some steps I use in determining if someone will be trustworthy in a business relationship:

1: Accessible Free Content: I strongly believe that a trustworthy professional will share a large volume of content for free. If you visit their website and you need a password just to log in then I would have concerns. Trustworthy leaders in their field want others to grow and will share quality ideas for free as often as possible. Take the time to find people who are willing to share their knowledge.

2: Active Social Media Presence: I would also encourage you to take a close look at their social media. Are they offering content on a regular basis that is meaningful to their audience? Also, are they sharing useful content provided by others in their field? If their heart is in the right place they will be sharing good content regardless of the author. For me, it is a red flag when individuals are only willing to promote or share original material. I believe trustworthy people will share useful content written by others in their field. For me, it is important to understand if they are simply promoting themselves or promoting all that their field has to offer.

3: Similar Clients: When I form a new working relationship one of the first things I do is take a close look at their list of clients. This helps me to understand if they are accustomed to working in the same environment I work in. For example, when I hired a mental skills coach to work with my DII team I wanted someone who had worked with other DII programs and understood our challenges. By hiring someone who knows your environment you are better able to trust that their advice has been successfully applied in similar situations in the past.

You might not be in need of additional services at this point in your season, but I would encourage you to begin to develop those relationships now. In doing so you’ll have a network of specialists to draw from when you or your team need a specific resource.  

If you’d like to talk about what I can offer you in terms of leadership development, culture or team building then please reach out. If we determine that I am not a good fit for you then I’d be glad to suggest others who I have worked with who would be a better fit to meet your needs.

Find people you can trust and then let them do their thing. You and your team will benefit from doing so.