The ABI Reporter E-Letter – January 2016


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – January 2016

  • Sheila Atkinson-Baker
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  • Speed vs. Accuracy
  • Practice with a Purpose
  • Kick it Up!
  • Preparation Guide for Flawless Realtime Output
  • What’s Your Realtime Quotient?
  • Can I Write Out All My Numbers?

From the President


In our last issue of the Reporter I mentioned business picking up after the summer and the necessity to organize for increased production of transcripts. Were you able to utilize any of those articles to increase your efficiency?

Here are some more hand-picked articles to help you continue with the process. There are ideas from other reporters, as well as speed building tips from court reporting instructors.

Please let me know what is helpful to you and also what subjects you would like to hear more about.


Speed vs. Accuracy

Contributed by the National Court Reporters Association

Some NCRA reporters across the U.S. were asked questions about their craft.  This article shares their answers to some important questions.

Speed Comes First

That’s the age-old question for reporters, especially for students: speed or accuracy?  As shorthand reporters, we have nothing if we cannot write at high speed. I believe that one of the greatest failings of schools today is that they focus on realtime accuracy at the expense of building speed. And you cannot effectively attain high speed without hard work and pushing beyond your comfort zone.  That necessarily means pushing beyond the point of writing accurately.

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Practice with a Purpose

Contributed by the National Court Reporters Association

While it may seem that “practice makes perfect” is ingrained on the brains of court reporting teachers, the teachers here were quick to point out that there is an important difference between effective and ineffective ways to practice. Additionally, for many court reporting students, some methods of practicing can help at one stage but not create improvements at another. It’s important to first determine specific goals, plan for the obstacles, and — most importantly — practice, practice, practice.

What’s Your Motivation?

When court reporting students who move through speed quickly and graduate in record times are asked how they got through school, many of them relate stories about motivation — often that someone was depending on them to get out of school quickly. Motivation seems to play a deep role in the teachers’ advice to students.

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The Lighter Side of Legal


Every night I’m told what to do, and each morning I do what I’m told. But I still don’t escape your scold.

What am I?



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