6 Ways to Get People to Respect You (Avoid Being Taken Advantage Of)

Honor What You Say Nobody likes a dishonest or unreliable person. A well-respected individual is one who is honest in their communications and can be trusted to do what they promise. This is by far one of the most important actions you can take to start gaining respect. If you took commitments lightly in the past, don’t do that anymore. Come through on your promises. Call when you say you’ll call, turn in assignments on time, and stand by your word. If for some reason, you can’t honor a commitment, make sure you address it accordingly, and make up for it.Don’t Waste Other People’s Time If you respect other people’s time, they will respect yours. This includes not being late for appointments, not spending meetings talking about useless things, getting to the point fast, bringing up issues right away, being concise … and of course, making it easier for others to make decisions, especially when they are busier than you.Don’t Badmouth Others Whether it’s in a professional or social setting, it’s not appropriate to bad mouth people. You certainly will not earn any respect by doing this. If you’re unhappy with someone and what they’re doing, talk to them and work things out. Don’t talk behind their back — that’s the kind of behaviour that attracts gossip and negativity. Not only does it reflect badly on you as a person, but it also hurts the other party, whether you realize it or not. So be honest and transparent when you’re communicating with others. Always act as if the person you’re talking about is right there with you.