Particularly in the courtroom and among colleagues, your professional reputation will rest largely on your ability to inspire confidence in others. It is important to come across as credible, likeable, trustworthy and competent. Go the extra mile to make a good first impression. After all, a negative first impression has the potential to adversely impact your case and ultimately your career.
Make a good impression in the courtroom
Give special attention to grooming habits and clothing choices. Avoid attire that could be a distraction or judged inappropriate for the setting. Neat, well- groomed hair, nails and shoes are an absolute must.
Your papers should be well-dressed, too. Avoid dog-eared documents and messy files. Bindertek offers the Ultimate Trial Notebook for the best in organization, ease and style. Choose civil, criminal, or premium litigation tabs and head to court with at hand command of the facts of the case. Use QuickFile folders to keep your desk tidy. Misplaced papers and documents mean lost time and money.
Arrive fully prepared
Arriving prepared inspires confidence in others and conveys respect for the process and people involved. One way to do this is by pre-marking your exhibits. Quickly label, color-code, and identify exhibits with Bindertek’s customizable exhibit tags.
Have copies of rule books on hand or loaded onto electronic devices for easy reference. Premium leather brief cases and laptop bags contribute to a professional and organized look on the go.
Be on time. This goes without saying.
Find your voice
Take care to polish your verbal and written communication skills. Practice what you will say in advance of courtroom proceedings, brush up on grammar and ask a trusted colleague to proof read your writing.
Be kind and polite when speaking with others. Remembering a name, saying thank you, offering a smile and making eye contact will make a good impression among colleagues as well as in the courtroom.
Develop well-organized, easy to read briefs. Your work stands as a representation of you. Be sure your work conveys the message you intend.
Be friendly, curious and knowledgeable, but don’t be a know it all. Have the confidence to say you don’t know something, speak up and ask. That’s how you learn.
Hand writing notes, rather than typing them, aids in retention and makes it easier to build rapport with clients. Let’s face it, a legal pad just feels a lot less formal and there is no screen to create a barrier between you. Improve the quality of your interaction as well as your recall by hand writing notes.
Be honest. You want colleagues, clients and others to know that what you say matters. Develop trust by being honest. Do not make promises you can’t keep. Always offer the most accurate information to the best of your knowledge.
Admit mistakes and look for opportunities to improve. Ask someone you admire or who is on a path you’d like to travel to mentor you.
Develop a personal brand that fits. Bindertek offers a range of organizing supplies and tools that let you put your best foot forward. Getting organized helps you use your time more efficiently so you are better able to do work that makes your personal brand shine.