Early on, bosses and clients need to hear what you are genuinely committed and determined to do for them. This is not a promise, but a sense of what's important to you. You don't need to lie and give a guarantee of a delivery date. You just need to let them know that you feel "committed to meeting the date" -- that you care.
To earn the trust of a new boss or client, you need to create an experience that builds trust, not just a deliverable that you hope will substitute for that human connection.
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