Whether you’re working in a courtroom, boardroom, or home office, it can get lonely as a court reporter. Left to listen while others speak, it can feel like we’re working on an island. How do you get through the loneliness or need to feel connected? Social media can connect you to other professionals where you can learn best practices for being a court reporter, tips for handling challenging cases, and more. Be sure not to overshare about specific cases as that can hurt your reputation.
Interested in connecting? Here are our social media tips for court reporters:
- Connect with like-minded professionals. Working from home can lead to a lonely day or a feeling of disconnect with the outside world. Social media sites like LinkedIn offer connection to like-minded professionals. Utilize groups for those that work from home and also with other court reporters to learn how they deal with the loneliness or balance day to day activities.
- Don’t overshare. Before hitting publish on a social media or blog post, ask yourself if you’d want your grandchildren or mother to see what you’ve written. If the answer is no, hit delete, take a deep breath, and walk away for a few minutes. It’s not worth the risk to your professional reputation to get in a heated political (or other) discussion on a public platform.
- Personal vs. Professional. Even if you’ve added security and are careful about who you accept friend or connection requests from, you never know who can see your posts. Even the most secure accounts can bring trouble to you professionally. Exercise caution and keep clients off personal pages and friends off professional ones. One simple comment is all it takes to ruin your reputation.
- Spelling and grammar matter. There’s a meme that reads, “Let’s Eat Grandma. Let’s Eat, Grandma. Punctuation kills.” While it makes for a good laugh, it’s also a reminder to make sure even the simplest of posts include correct spelling and grammar. It reflects your professionalism and that you care about the details. That can go a long way with clients and with friends who refer you for work.
- Case sensitive. We’ve all had days when we wanted to share a not so pleasant client experience with our social media following. Before you hit publish, think about how your post reflects on you. It’s likely that it has the potential to make you look unfavorable or worse. Keep case and client specific work at the office.
Social media has the potential to make or break you as a professional court reporter. Use it wisely. Think about if you’d want your parents, children, or grandchildren to read what you wrote before hitting publish. Keep your social media positive and professional and use it to connect with others who are likeminded. The world has enough negativity.
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