On episode 157 of The Nurse Keith Show, we discuss the concept of social proof, reputation management, and building your career and your professional tribe over time.

Reputation management and social proof

On this episode, we talk about what social proof means (hint: 300 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong). We also discuss why social proof and reputation management are crucial for your nursing career.

Forms of social proof include: 

  • LinkedIn endorsements and recommendations — listen to the episode for the details!
  • Twitter
  • Facebook (kind of)
  • Instagram
  • Other social media platforms where nursing and healthcare professionals hang out

How to do it? 

  • Stay in touch with people
  • Collaborate on recommendations with friends and colleagues you’re connected with on LinkedIn, etc
  • Make connections and nurture connections!

Reputation building:

  • Building bridges, not burning bridges
  • Working collaboratively with other professionals
  • Not being 100% nursing-focused
  • Being helpful, collaborative, eager, motivated, always showing up
  • Volunteer, get involved
    Leverage high-quality relationships over time
  • Dress up, show up, and follow up

Listen to the rest of the episode for many more ideas about nursing career reputation management and social proof!


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Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BCIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses.

From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast.

As of May of 2018, Keith is the host of Mastering Nursing, an interview-style podcast showcasing inspiring, forward-thinking nurse thought leaders and innovators.

Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.

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