About The Credibility Code

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You’ve got smarts and skills in spades, and you’re brimming with potential. Still, in a high-speed, hypercompetitive business world, you have little time to make a big impression. You have to instantly project credibility or risk being overlooked.

In The Credibility Code, author Cara Hale Alter identifies 25 specific “codes of conduct”—for posture, gestures, vocal skills, eye contact, and more—that influence the perception of credibility. And unlike countless other cues like age or gender, these signals are within your active control.
Individually, the behaviors presented in The Credibility Code are easily implemented; together, they form a skill set that can transform your career. Among the insights in these pages:

  • how literally keeping a level head empowers you
  • why the “gesture box” is the place to be
  • how to speak with optimal volume (or risk being merely adequate)
  • what the rules for eye contact are and why duration matters
  • what the classic “tells” of nervousness and intimidation include—and how to overcome them
  • how speech fillers, self-commenting, “uptalk,” and other common habits can derail one’s image
  • how to balance authority and approachability

The Credibility Code brings its eye-opening observations right off the page and shows you how to make the credibility-enhancing behaviors part of your everyday life, by including:

  • online access to short demonstration videos for each chapter
  • real-world examples and exercises
  • self-assessment tools for identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • a step-by-step methodology for developing your best image!

For professionals at every level, The Credibility Code makes credibility tangible, actionable, and within reach.

The Credibility Code:
How to Project Confidence and Competence When It Matters Most
Cara Hale Alter
ISBN 978-0-9852656-0-1 / June 2012 / 160 pages / Paperback Original
Imprint: Meritus Books
$19.95
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"In a nutshell, Projecting Credibility and Confidence has become the highest value learning program among our employees by building more than just presentation skills – it builds self-confidence. Cara is dynamic and engaging – 100 percent of attendees rate her as excellent."
– Steve Leech, Vice President, Human Resources, Shutterfly
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WHAT’S AVAILABLE AT SPEECHSKILLS?

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Live Courses

Our live workshops and seminars combine content-rich information with hands-on skill building. Whether for a small internal team or a large international conference, our expert trainers can travel to your location to provide interactive, personalized training options. LEARN MORE

Open Enrollment Workshops

For individuals interested in live small-group workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, the schedule of upcoming programs can be found here. LEARN MORE

Online Training

In 25+ video lessons, Cara Hale Alter expands upon the core concepts from her book The Credibility Code – complete with behavior demos, skill drills, practice ideas, worksheets, and self-assessment tools – to give you a comprehensive self-study guide to cultivating your personal presence. LEARN MORE
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The Credibility Code Online Training

In 20+ video lessons, Cara Hale Alter breaks down the core concepts from her book The Credibility Code – complete with behavior demos, skill drills, practice ideas, worksheets, and self-assessment tools – to give you a comprehensive self-study guide to cultivating your personal presence. LEARN MORE
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Books & Games

In her book The Credibility Code, Cara Hale Alter outlines the specific “codes of conduct” that influence the perception of credibility. Additionally, our boxed set of SpeechSkills SoundBites cards provides an effective practice session in a box by combining fun with skill building. LEARN MORE
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One-on-one Coaching

Whether you want to increase your overall skill level or prepare for an upcoming event, one of our highly qualified SpeechSkills trainers can provide personalized coaching in hourly sessions via video chat or onsite in our San Francisco office. LEARN MORE
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Keynotes

With a focus on leadership presence and projecting credibility, Cara Hale Alter’s keynote presentations provide the perfect blend of substantive material and tangible takeaways, delivered in a playful, energetic style. LEARN MORE
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Train the Trainer Program

Our Train The Trainer certification enables corporate trainers and independent coaches to facilitate the SpeechSkills 1.5-day “Projecting Credibility and Confidence” workshop and provide one-on-one coaching support using SpeechSkills’ materials and methodologies. LEARN MORE
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