There’s an old adage that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. While it may be an old saying, it still holds true, especially if you’re a reporter who is ready to dress to impress. No matter how your client brands themselves, we want our Tampa court reporters to represent the best of the best in our profession; that includes what you wear.
What’s normal for you may not be the case for all of your clients.
I’ve been watching older television shows, including the late 1980’s – early 1990’s legal drama L.A. Law. While I love the nostalgia, I also noticed that everyone is in formal business attire – suits for the men and suits or dresses for women. Times sure have changed. It isn’t always standard that attorneys wear suits and in the business world, where we’re increasingly serving clients, there is even less formality in terms of what is the standard dress code.
Our words of wisdom, especially for new court reporters, is to dress to impress.
If your client is wearing a t-shirt and jeans, it doesn’t mean you should. In fact, we recommend against anything less than business casual. You’re part of a legal or corporate team when you’re working with our clients. We want you to dress and act the part. Save the flip flops for vacation in favor of closed toed shoes.
I find that when I am dressed in business clothes, I act more professionally.
It’s not that I don’t understand how to act if I am in jeans and sandals, it’s that I carry myself differently when I am in a dress and heels or skirt, dress shirt, and blazer. The same for when my husband goes to his meetings. He’s more relaxed in his golf shirts and shorts on the weekend than when he’s meeting with clients and wearing a suit or dress pants, shirt, and jacket. It’s the same for you and our court reporters.
We know you can do your job no matter how you’re dressed but you’re also a reflection of Milestone and our clients’ teams. We want you to dress to impress and thank you for doing so. We appreciate it and so do our clients.