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01Jun2011

10 Unknown Google Tips

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By Chere Estrin
Someone sent me the following list of neat Google tricks. I wish I could give credit to the writer, so forgive me about that. If anyone knows, let me know. However, here are new ways to use Google that we all can use: Definitions Pull up the definition of the word by typing “define”
01Mar2011

The Ripple Effect

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By Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag
Everything we do has a ripple effect. I recently heard a story about a man who influenced the day of a frazzled, disheartened busboy by thanking him for the important work the boy did. The busboy later offered his freshly cleaned table to a young mother with aching feet,
01Feb2011

Using an iPad to Recreate a Scene in a Deposition

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By Jeff Richardson
As technology advances, paralegals get more and more in tune with software which can assist us, personally and professionally.  Paralegals are consistently looking for ways to streamline our organizational structure with technology, from word processing to trial presentation software.  As technology advances, society continually looks for the smaller,
01Jan2011

Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox – Part 2

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NCRA Tech Tracker
Maintaining your toolbox will ensure successful troubleshooting as well as giving you additional peace of mind. In Part One, we covered the Cabled Realtime Toolbox. Here we address the Wireless Realtime Toolbox. Wireless Realtime Toolbox Long extension cord Electrical adapters (available at any hardware store) Grounding plug (two-prong to three-prong) Three-prong to two-prong adapter Power strip/surge protector Extension cord Safety strip/tape to cover electrical cords Realtime software for counsel to load on their computer Extra computers to use as Receive Laptops Netbooks work best as they are compact ,
01Jan2011

Interactive Realtime 301

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Use your tools of realtime reporting to take you beyond realtime, leaving a mark of excellence with your client.  It’s not a difficult task to accomplish; it’s a matter of having the confidence to provide the value-add services that realtime reporting allows the court reporter. The Realtime Systems Administrator (RSA) Workshop/Exam will empower you with the confidence to guarantee realtime connectivity to your client,
01Jan2011

Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox – Part 1

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NCRA Tech Tracker
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is an axiom that pertains to successfully troubleshooting realtime hookups. Preparations begin and end with a complete “Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox” with the necessary tools of the trade. Do not be swayed to think you will never encounter a problem.
01Jan2011

Want Transcripts Delivered to a Smartphone at No Charge? No Problem.

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Atkinson-Baker is now offering Mobile Transcripts to our clients. This new service is not something reporters will use but reporters should be familiar with it in case an attorney mentions it or wants to order it. Mobile Transcript is an app that provides you with the ability to fully utilize deposition transcripts on your smartphone.
01Jan2011

Interactive Realtime 201

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You’re going live now with your Interactive Realtime skills.  You’re confident you have prepared to successfully meet the expectations of providing stellar interactive realtime skills, including troubleshooting realtime connections, loading drivers, teaching counsel and the court the quick-and-easy functions on their realtime viewers and, in the process, still manage to write “perfect” realtime!
01Oct2010

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts

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Excerpt – NCRA’s website
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts When It Comes to Replacing Stenographic Court Reporters With Digital Audio to Save the State Money. VIENNA, Va., Sept. 2, — In a press conference yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed to a number of missed opportunities that could have saved the troubled state $2.8 billion annually.
01Sep2010

Interactive Realtime 101

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As external factors continue to threaten the very existence of our stenographic profession, we must strive for excellence in what makes what we do the best choice for the legal community, and that’s interactive realtime reporting. I am both pleased and honored to provide you with some knowledge I’ve learned over the past 20 years of providing interactive realtime reporting in the judicial setting.
01Sep2010

Are You Too Efficient To Be Effective?

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By Ali Hale, Aliventures: Getting More From Life
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” (Peter Drucker) Do you pride yourself on being as efficient as possible? Can you race through “12,853 Articles, Forum Topics & Blog Posts” each week? Is your email inbox always empty?
01May2010

Reporter Spotlight: Sharon Campbell

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Sharon Campbell is an ABI court reporter and has been reporting for 21 years. For the most part, she has done depositions over the course of that time, but she does enjoy doing arbitrations and hearings, as well. She likes them because of the per diem and a higher page rate,
01May2010

Organizational Tips for Your Home Office

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Having an organized work space can make working at home much more enjoyable and less of a drudgery. A disorganized workspace adds extra stress to the day. Here are a few simple organizational tips to get your office in proper working order and help you work more efficiently and with greater enthusiasm.
01Mar2010

Hyphenating Letter-For-Letter Spelling

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Most of us know that we hyphenate letter-for-letter spelling. These rules talk about the capitalization and what it looks like when the spelling is started mid-word or is interrupted and then picked up again.
HYPHEN RULE: Hyphenate letter-for-letter spelling. I spoke with Mary Donnell, D-o-n-n-e-l-l. It is 438 Sepulveda,
01Mar2010

If I Knew I Couldn’t Fail

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By Jane Faulkner for KNOW Magazine
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? We invited lawyers at a recent CLE to answer this question, repeatedly, until they connected with their creative sides. They were surprised at what opened up. One lawyer said, “Suddenly it dawned on me that if I stay true to who I am,
01Feb2010

When to Say No to Your Dream Job

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Have you ever wondered what might have happened in your life if you had chosen one road over another?  I mean, what really might have happened?
I don’t make a habit of writing about my own experiences but…..a few years ago while minding my own business (literally), I was approached by a major staffing organization (big players – cool $5+ billion a year in revenue) to head up their $50 million legal staffing division.
01Jan2010

Wichitan Reveals How He Invented Closed Captioning

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Published in the Deaf Network of Texas’ newsletter
WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita is home to some fascinating people – some famous, some not. It’s also home to a man little heard of, but his work has certainly been noticed by all. To say Bill Kastner loves electronics would be an understatement.
01Jan2010

Brief Forms of the Suffix “Ship”

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The California Court Reporting Association
Recently received an inquiry from a reporter taking an NCRA test, and she said that the word “leadership” threw her off. She did not have a brief form for it and wished she had. Below is a list of words containing the suffix “ship.”
Acquaintanceship KWAIP Apprenticeship PRAEP Atty-Client Relationship TOERL Authorship THAORP Bipartisanship BARP Casual Relationship KAUFLGS Censorship SHORP Chairmanship CHARP Championship CHAOP Citizenship SHOIP Companionship SKAOP Conservatorship SKEFRP Dealership DLERP Distributorship DRIRP Fellowship FLEP Friendship FRIP or FROIP Hardship H-RP or HOIRP Home ownership HOERP Internship SPWERP Leadership LERP or LOIRP Membership MEP Ownership OERP or OIP Partnership PIP or POIRP Proprietorship PRORP Receivership SAOEFRP Relationship RAEP Salesmanship SMIP Scholarship SKLARP Sexual Relationship SWREP Sole Proprietorship SPRIP Sponsorship SPOIP Survivorship SWAOIFRP Township TWIP Sponsorship SPOIP Trusteeship TROIP Workmaship WRA*P ©Copyright 2008 All rights reserved.
01Jan2010

Realistic “To-Do” Lists

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A “to-do” list is a powerful way to organize yourself and to reduce stress.  Have you ever written one and never achieved what’s on it?  Or maybe you’ve written a to-do list but kept putting off the tasks to another day because something ‘more urgent’ cropped up?  If either of these sounds familiar,
01Jan2010

The Word “However”

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By Margie Wakeman Wells, College of Court Reporting
The word “however” can have different functions within a sentence. Depending on the function, punctuation differs. RULE: Use a semicolon or period in front and a comma after the word “however” when it is used as the first word in a sentence.
01Jan2010

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
My first approach to writing this article was to open with a scenario that litigation professionals could relate to with regard to scheduling last-minute depositions: the stress it can cause with the high chance of something not going right. But I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by pointing out something that we are all too familiar with:  Litigation professionals know firsthand how deposition planning can be unpredictable due to multiple parties’ calendars needing to be aligned,
01Nov2009

The Importance of Setting and Achieving Goals

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By Elena Fawkner
With rare exceptions, nothing truly worthwhile in life happens by accident. Sure, you may win the lottery but what are the odds?  What if you could achieve everything you ever wanted without winning the lottery?  What if it was as simple as deciding where you wanted to go and planning the route to get there? 
01Oct2009

The Adventures of an American Court Reporter in Japan

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By Jodi Harmon, RMR, CRR, President of American Realtime Court Reporters in Japan
“Things are very different in Japan” is a common phrase — almost a cliché. But truer words have never been spoken. I began reporting in 1982 at the tender age of 17. My boss had to swear in witnesses for me until I turned 18,
01Oct2009

Trailing Off and Splitting Words

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By Margie Wakeman Wells
The Dash or the Ellipsis for Trailing Off The use of the ellipsis to show trailing off has gained favor in many segments of the court reporting community. Many reporters express a desire to distinguish between a speaker who trails off and a speaker who is interrupted.
01Jul2009

Managing Your Time to Accomplish More

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By Elena Fawkner
Time is inelastic. Despite what some of us persist in believing, it will NOT magically expand to accommodate all we have to do.  So, in order to maximize the time we have available, we have to spend it wisely. Here’s how to do that. Structure Your Time The very first thing to do is understand the structure of your time. 
01Jun2009

After 58 Years, Las Vegas Court Reporter Sees No Good Reason to Give Up Her Pen

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Stella Butterfield, who has been a court reporter in Las Vegas since 1953, uses what she calls “Greggbutterfield” shorthand, a combination of her own design and John Robert Gregg’s system, developed in the 1900s.  Photo by Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal By Carri Geer Thevenot, Las Vegas Review-Journal Stella Butterfield’s business card carries the slogan “fastest pen in the west.”
01Apr2009

Free Reporter Software Makes Things Easier

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Immediately send electronically signed transcripts to ABI at any time for immediate production. Only 20% of ABI reporters have enrolled and are taking advantage of RealLegal’s Reporter E-Transcript software which is available to ABI reporters at no cost. If you haven’t already, we are inviting you below* to enroll and start increasing your productivity today.
01Apr2009

What Clients Are Saying About ABI Reporters

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These were recent kudos to ABI reporters from clients: The reporter was fabulous! She arrived early and was set up before the start time of the depo. She was professional and very pleasant. She was able to keep up with the pace of the depo and she waited until the deposition was over to ask for spellings,
01Apr2009

360 Words Per Minute World Record Holder Shares Methods

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By Mark Kislingbury
Mark Kislingbury, the setter of the Guinness World Record of 360 words per minute with 97.22% accuracy, shares his methods. “What does this champion speed writer say about reading back?  What does he say about practicing for ‘control?’” Many people have asked him those questions and here are his answers: On reading back:  I believe everyone should practice reading back,
01Apr2009

Word Wonders

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QUESTIONS: 1. What is the longest word typed on a standard keyboard with only the left hand? 2. What is the longest word typed on a standard keyboard with only the right hand? 3. What do the words month, orange, silver, and purple have in common? 4. What is the only English word that ends in the letters MT?
01Apr2009

Your Chance to Save Your Career

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Supporting our organizations is key.
The National Level
The world of digital recording is obviously here, and while it is a great advance in court reporting technology, it also serves as a constant threat to the very existence of the human court reporters. You may be aware that there are courts in downtown Atlanta that have already replaced court reporters with digital technology,
01Apr2009

But I’m Not a Morning Person

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By Katiana Louis-Ball, Court Reporter, Miami
A lot of us have the duty of starting work first thing in the morning. We, as reporters, live in a morning-world. The court house is opened at 8 a.m., and depositions typically start at 9 a.m. So, it is in our best interest to become morning people.
01Jan2009

Which Backup Solution is Right for You?

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With so many reporters trading in their prehistoric computers for newer models, the wide range of available options can present some pretty tricky decisions for the uninformed. Gone are the days of the one-trick pony, the simple monitor-keyboard-and-floppy PC. With all these decisions to make, how do you identify the best backup solution for your needs?
01Jan2009

Getting Your Financial House in Order

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By Peter Kozak, CFP®, Kozak Financial Advisory, Camarillo, CA
As we begin the New Year, it is the traditional time to review the past year and make some resolutions to improve aspects of our lives in the coming year.  In addition to the perennial favorites of losing weight and getting more exercise,
01Jan2009

What’s a CRR Anyway?

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By Sandy Bunch VanderPol, RMR, CRR, CSR
What does CRR mean? As court reporters, we all know CRR stands for Certified Realtime Reporter – that coveted certification that allows us to shout with pride that we possess skills such as writing realtime at speeds of 180 words per minute on literary material for five minutes at 96% accuracy;
01Oct2008

Focusing on the Goal

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By Pamela G. Weyant, RMR, CRR
As freelance reporters, we all know that the ultimate goal is to get the transcripts out the door and delivered to clients in a timely fashion and with accuracy.  But what do you do when you’ve been out every day this week and now the pages are piling up,
01Jul2008

Realtime in the Classroom

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By Lisa M. Rollins, RPR
As I begin this article, I am reflecting on a late night not so long ago when I was studiously working on my “homework.” That particular evening it was necessary for me to preview a videotape entitled “Enchanted Cities of Europe” and enter any new words into my steno dictionary.
01Jul2008

The Importance of Continuing Education

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Over the last few years, the number of adults who are continuing with their education has increased tremendously. This term “continuing education” describes the opportunity and process of learning new skills and acquiring knowledge that is far superior to what we are taught during our formal schooling years.
Most people opt for continued education to further their knowledge base and even their employability.
01Jul2008

Fine Tune Your Skills and Expand Your Knowledge

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We know how hard you have worked to become a professional, and we want to help you become the best Reporter you can be. Here are some resources that can help you reach your potential and even exceed your own expectations – and, at the same time, broaden your knowledge of the Court Reporting industry.
01Jul2008

The Court Reporter’s Brain: “A Miracle”

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Here is an excerpt from a neuro-psychologist’s deposition which we think you will find very interesting! The neuropsychologist is describing the intricacies of the human brain. Neuropsychologist:  May I give an example of this? Counsel:  Sure. Neuropsychologist:  Okay.  If you look — and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. 
01Jun2008

Are You an Information Front-Seater or Back-Seater?

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By Gary Simpson, Author and Motivational Speaker, World Conferences
During my never ending quest for knowledge on business, investment, motivation, personal development and other topics that interest me I have attended countless seminars. Some were excellent and some were – well, let’s just say… interesting. Something always strikes me at these seminars.
01Jan2008

Who Says Long Distance Relationships Don’t Work?

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Two Women Prove a Home Business Partnership is Possible Living in Two Different States A mother from Florida and her friend from Texas team up and create a successful partnership running a unique and viable home-based business! Back in 1994, after over 20 years in the corporate environment, Cathy Watson resigned from a job in Houston,
01Jan2008

Making More for Your Time

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EFFICIENCY TO THE RESCUE Time is a very important commodity, especially to a Court Reporter. The management skills involved are stressful at best, and as we all know, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all your tasks. There are a few different ways a Court Reporter can make more income for time expended.