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How to Build Trust and Authority Through Public Speaking Skills

In the ever-changing cityscape of Hong Kong, mastering the art of public speaking to build trust and authority is an indispensable skill for professionals. Throughout countless occasions, I have used my words and expressions to establish deep trust with people from diverse backgrounds and, unknowingly, earned their respect and recognition. Today, I want to share how public speaking skills can foster trust and authority between people.

1. Sincere Communication

First and foremost, sincerity in speaking is key to gaining trust. I remember during one public speaking event, I shared my journey as an emcee, including the setbacks and failures. My voice quivered slightly as I spoke, and the room fell silent, so quiet you could hear a pin drop. After the speech, someone approached me to say how moved they were by my story, feeling my sincerity and resilience. That experience taught me that genuine sharing can touch hearts and build deep trust.

2. Demonstration of Authority

Secondly, professionalism is the foundation of establishing authority. In a highly competitive society like Hong Kong, professional knowledge is essential. I often spend a significant amount of time researching and organizing information for my speeches to ensure each sharing provides new insights to the audience. For instance, during a forum on ADHD, I tackled a controversial topic by citing the latest research and integrating my experiences. Afterward, many audience members expressed they were impressed by my insights, acknowledging my deep understanding and unique perspectives. Displaying professional knowledge has helped me establish a certain level of authority in the industry.

3. Active Interaction

Lastly, interaction is the bridge that strengthens trust and a sense of authority. Whether emceeing or speaking, I always strive for effective engagement with the audience through questions, games, or impromptu interactive plays, making them feel like active participants rather than passive receivers. This not only narrows the distance between me and the audience but also fills them with trust and respect for me.


In the fast-paced and competitive society of Hong Kong, public speaking is a double-edged sword. It can help you build trust and authority or become a vulnerability. However, as long as you communicate sincerely, showcase your professionalism and knowledge, and engage effectively with your audience, you can win the trust and respect of others in any setting, be it professional or personal. It may not be an easy path, but I believe that with perseverance, we can indeed make it.

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