The ABI Reporter E-Letter – June 2017


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – June 2017

  • Sheila Atkinson-Baker
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  • Get Realtime Capable Now
  • Are you Ready for Daily Copy?
  • Stepping over Speed Plateaus
  • Finding the Right Scopist
  • Take Time to Review Your Backup Plan

From the President


We know there are many reasons to get those transcripts turned around efficiently:  to increase our hourly pay for the time invested, to buy some relaxation time, and to service the legal profession are some of them.  We also know that utilizing our CAT system technology can help with this.  However, in this issue we offer tips which focus on the human element of efficient transcript production.  I hope you find them helpful.

“Magic at your Fingertips,” the NCRA annual convention, is in Las Vegas this coming August.  Let me know if you plan to attend.  There are lots of networking and educational opportunities for steno skills and tips on business know-how.  Magic at your Fingertips,  I hope to see you there!


Get Realtime Capable Now: Tips for Learning Brief Forms

By Lynette Mueller

Being realtime capable should be the goal of every court reporter.  My realtime goal is to always strive for 99.8 percent translation rate on every job.  The prep work is essential to maintain or exceed that goal.  My writing is constantly evolving (even after 30 years of reporting).  Writing short is paramount to the success of my translation rate, for keeping up with the fast talkers, and also being kind to my body — specifically my back and hands.

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Are you Ready for Daily Copy?

By Brenda Rogers-Fiscus, Deborah Smolinske, and Beverly Thomas

It’s Friday at 7:30 p.m.  The weekend has officially started.  You’re just kicking back to relax with a movie and some popcorn.  Then this email hits your inbox:

“We need someone to cover a three-week asbestos trial starting Monday, daily copy, rough at close of each day, four realtime feeds plus judge, multiple copy orders.  Are you available?”

Your first reaction:  Woot!  You can’t type fast enough: “Yes!  I’ll take it!”

As you hit the send button, your eye falls on the postscript you somehow missed on the first reading:  “And, oh, by the way, they need the final no later than 10 p.m. every night.”

Are you thinking:  “When will I sleep?  When will I eat?  Will my family remember what I look like when the trial is over?  Will I still have a family?  Will the dog remember who I am?  What was I thinking?  I can’t do this!”

Yes, you can.

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Stepping Over Speed Plateaus
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Finding the Right Scopist
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Take Time to Review your Backup Plan
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