Logical Mathematical
Logical mathematical intelligence thrives on a process of reasoning. As a consequence, the key facilitators of trust-building work can be understanding the “why” behind the work, having a clear notion of the benefits of the work, and also having a logical model from which to proceed. If this is an intelligence preference for you, you can:
1. Begin by making a list of all the benefits of reaching out to the other person with whom you would like to build trust. In a business context, consider benefits to you, to the other person, to your team and organization. Ultimately, what is the one most important reason to improve the relationship?

2. Do a “forcefield analysis” of the factors that are working for and against trust in your relationship. A forcefield analysis is simply a list of factors that lead to a certain outcome on one side of a page, and factors that work against it on the other. Stasis exists when the forces leading to a positive outcome are equally balanced by forces working against it. The way to create change is either to strengthen a positive force or weaken a detracting force. Based on your analysis, which one factor will you strengthen or which one factor will you weaken to facilitate change, keeping in mind that this factor must be one within your control? As you select a factor, divorce yourself from personal wins or losses, focusing solely on what mostly will create positive change.

3. Make a list of negative, emotionally driven beliefs you may hold about ___________; then correct them according to a more rigorous version of reality. Convert, for example, an initial belief such as “She doesn’t respect me,” into a more truthful statement: “She says things I hear as disrespect, but I don’t actually know her opinions of me.” Continue by making a list of other statements of the assets, strengths, and possibilities you see in the other person and in your potential trust-based relationship. Consider this work part of the effort to change the array of factors you outlined earlier in your forcefield analysis. Next, make a list of the steps you believe will be necessary to creating a positive relationship. For each step, identify the value added or why you deem it essential to the relationship-building equation.

4. Create a model for your contact with the other person, as a series of lists. What is the most important truth you wish to convey? What is the most important strength in the other person you wish to express to him/her? What is your part of the ownership for unresolved issues or for breaking down barriers? What words will you use to explain why you want to improve the relationship? What improvement steps will you convey to the other person in a logical framework?

5. Finally, assess the likelihood of additional challenges and problems and outline a strategy for each. For example, what will you do if the other person doesn’t understand your logic? What will be your line of inquiry, welcoming a mutual exploration of the issues rather than trying to teach or impose? Consider a core aspect of this work finding multiple right answers more than finding a single right or wrong.

Links to the other intelligences exercises:

Verbal Linguistic
Bodily Kinesthetic
Visual Spatial