Perceptions suck. How do you chnage others perceptions of you, You don't but you can help them solve a problem, build trust one step at a time and don't care. The choice is your's and so are the repercussions.
I often heard the phase perceptions are the reality and in todays world facts don't matter but in my world they matter very much. So do we change or selves or others through education and persistence.
Just a random thought.