I decided today to do a 'reconnaisance mission' to the court house. I don't have my marketing materials yet, no business cards, etc. But I decided that didn't matter for what I wanted to accomplish. I just wanted to start 'eating the elephant one bite at a time'. So I got myself spiffied up in professional attire and off I went.
My first bite was to just go and figure out the simple stuff - where do you park, where are the bathrooms, where are the district court rooms vs county court rooms vs traffic court rooms, and most important, where can you get a cup of coffee or tea?! Mission accomplished! The security guy was very friendly. He saw me meandering and asked if he could help. I explained no thank you, I am a Legal Nurse Consultant (that felt good!), I had not been to this court before (true!), just wanted to familiarize myself with the building before I NEEDED to know the lay-out. (He new it was true when my next question was for directions to the ladies room, lol!)
So - for any other newbies like me, I recommend it. I got to read the dockets outside each court room, figure out the general info on them, etc. Some court rooms were empty - slow on Friday's, I guess. Saw one woman, whom I later figured out was an attorney, chatting on her cell. Somehow the experience brought her to my level - a person who gets dressed in professional attire, makes cell calls, and checks on her kids during the day. Not anyone any different than I see at work. Much less intimidating than I would have made things otherwise. Overall it made me feel much more comfortable about the whole thing, and I am sure I will be more confident next time I go with the goal of meeting attorneys.
One bite down...