At first glance you might think the best course of action is to steer clear of social media because you’re involved in highly sensitive court cases but that’s not exactly a good strategy. In our blog post about the court reporter shortage, we mentioned how using social media can spread the word about our growing and changing profession. Today we’d like to provide tips for how social media can benefit you as a court reporter.
It can be tempting to add clients as friends on social media but we recommend keeping the two separate. Would you want your client to see pictures of your grandkids or summer vacation? Maybe not. It’s likely you wouldn’t want to see their photos either. We recommend keeping separate accounts for personal and professional purposes.
Social media is an effective way to connect with your community. Whether you’re following local happenings, news, court cases, or the grandchildren, you can use social media to keep in touch with lots of people. From a business perspective, you can use LinkedIn and Facebook groups designed for court reporters and freelancers to connect with like-minded professionals.
Be careful not to talk about specific cases or clients as that can damage your reputation and/or ruin your credibility. General information about your experiences can be helpful especially to new reporters and those considering a move to this profession.
In addition to sharing your experiences, we encourage you to share the benefits of court reporting like earning potential and working from home. Many people think we only work in courtrooms, not realizing we’re in business settings for closed captioning and other services for the hearing impaired, public relations, sporting events, and live events like webinars and seminars.
There’s a world of court reporting that you can share on social media including the benefits and your experience. Be strategic and use common sense and you will be a great asset to spreading the word about our growing industry! Who knows, you could connect with your next client!
Interested in learning more about court reporting or in need of a Chicago area reporter for an upcoming deposition? Give us a call today!