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24Nov2016

Seven Microsoft Word Hacks Every Legal Professional Should Know

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Microsoft Word is one of those programs that you instinctively think you’re a master in because you likely use it almost every day of your life.  Certainly if you had asked me, after having worked with Word for well over a decade, whether there was anything else I could know, I’d have said a firm “no.” If,
19Aug2016

Why Enter the Speed Contest?

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Why enter the speed contest? The answer really can be reframed as: Why do we want more speed? In our everyday work as court reporters, we are constantly thinking, evaluating what we hear and how to render it on our realtime screens. Was that word in or and, imminent or eminent,
29Mar2016

The Transcript as the Attorney’s Tool

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Here is an interesting view of the subject of transcripts, seen through the eyes of the attorney, our client. The reporter’s transcript is the official record of legal proceedings.  Deposition transcripts are used 1) for nailing down witness testimony for trial, and 2) for trial preparation.  Court transcripts are used for preparation of motions and briefs. 
15Apr2015

What Realtime Means to Me

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“Realtime” is the goal for many reporters – whether it’s a means to a more secure job, better-paying work, or a step into a new career in captioning. But when any group of reporters gets together, they can find that realtime can mean something different to each of them. The TRAIN Task Force asked its members and TRAIN participants what they mean when they talk about realtime.
11Mar2015

Everything Old is New Again … Well, Sort of

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In approximately the 8th century B.C., the Greek poet Homer said, “The journey is the thing.” That is evident when we look back and consider what got us from where we were to now. Recently, I found an old secretary’s manual from 1975. This is from the days of manual typewriters,
23Jan2015

Business Tips for Freelancers

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While flexibility and independence are strengths of freelancing, they also introduce complications. Managing personal business affairs while developing professionally and finding a balance between life and work can be challenging. Fortunately, these skills can get better with practice, and experienced court reporters are a great resource for business tips. Marketing For a freelancer,
01Jul2014

15 Tools to Put You in the Winner’s Circle

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Competition is the life force of a free market – and often the bane of our existence. Competition isn’t the problem, but sometimes our response to competition is frustration and annoyance. That’s not productive. NCRA’s five-year strategic plan, Vision 2018, calls for us to create resources for you, our members,
01Jul2014

Is the Customer Always Right?

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By Jim Cudahy
About 20 years ago, I was watching a segment on 20/20 orDateline that went to great lengths to test — even strain — one of the long-held commandments of business, which is that the customer is always right. In the segment, an imposter customer was placed in a department store with a dress shirt from a different retail outlet.
08May2014

Simplify and Accelerate Your Transcript Production

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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.
01Apr2014

Tips to Improve Your Stamina

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One of the most challenging things for shorthand reporters is keeping pace with the spoken word for hours on end.  Often the rate of speech is beyond your comfort level, and it is common to experience mental and physical exhaustion at the end of the day. Use these exercises to keep your steno fingers in good shape and help avoid repetitive strain injuries overall.
01Apr2014

Tips for Synchronizing Time Stamping on Transcripts with Videos

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By Sheila Atkinson-Baker, President, Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters
Time stamping on transcripts must synchronize with the time on the video. Clients use the time stamping on the transcript to locate a particular point in the video (to see witness facial expression and other body language). They also watch the video to find a particular point in the transcript.
01Jan2014

Skilled for Success

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By Linda Smolkin, NCRA
There are many court reporters who partake in activities outside of the courtroom.  Sure, some of these activities may have started out as a hobby to unwind after a long day at the office.  But as time passed, the skills gained from these activities have become a great benefit. 
10Dec2013

Can You Hear Me Now? Five Tips for Effective Client Communication

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By Chere, Estrin, The Estrin Report
“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw Those legal professionals who are effective in client communications are those who stop, for just a moment, to reflect upon who their clients are, the client’s personal makeup,
01Oct2013

High Speed Chase

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By Dom Tursi
When I hear talk about amazing shorthand speeds, it always stirs my professional passions. The ambitious goal of 400 wpm is now on the horizon as the speed zenith of 2013. This has rekindled memories of speed contest thrills and evoked a desire to share my historical shorthand knowledge as director of the Gallery of Shorthand.
01Apr2013

Being Aware of Unhelpful Thinking Tendencies

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The Conscious (thinking) Brain and the Subconscious (emotional) Brain
Our brain is a complex and fascinating organ. The thinking (conscious) brain operates at an intellectual level, giving us perspective and good problem-solving capability. When it works in healthy harmony with our emotional (subconscious) brain, we function at our best and can be at our most robust and resilient in dealing with whatever life throws at us.
01Apr2013

How to Motivate Yourself

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Staying motivated is a struggle. Our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts and anxiety about the future. Everyone faces doubt and depression. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward. There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Even after beating it, the problem reappears at the first sign of failure.
01Mar2013

Attributes of Excellent Client Services

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By Fran McClean, PLS
When you think of client service, what comes to mind? Think about it. Client service is all about how we treat our clients. Take a moment to think about your day. Are you providing excellent or proper client service (both internally and externally)? If you are not sure how you can improve the quality of service,
01Jan2013

Challenging Negative Self-Talk

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By Sarah Jeffrey-Gray
There are times when we talk to ourselves critically. Perhaps we just think it, or perhaps we voice it out loud. “I’ll never get this right.” “I’m such an idiot.” Phrases like this are a sure sign that emotional hijacking is at work. If we become aware that this is going on,
01Feb2012

Overcoming Procrastination

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Many people have a tendency to procrastinate. This could be because the task is complicated, you’re unfamiliar with it, there’s a prospect of conflict, or you simply prefer to socialize rather than work! But motivating yourself to “do” rather than “avoid” some tasks will result in higher levels of achievement,
01Feb2012

Interpersonal Communication

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By Des Whitehorn
The most effective communicators use a style that can change on each occasion and be adapted for each individual. This brings out the best in everyone, especially if you are a manager or team leader. These skills need continual practice and fine tuning until they become a natural response which is seen by others as appropriate across a wide range of situations.
01Jan2012

Confident Body Language

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By Sarah Jeffrey-Gray
Many of us are sometimes unaware of our body language, especially at times when we are under stress. Body language has a large part to play in situations where we want to feel confident and to come over as such to others. So it can be helpful to spend a little time being curious about our own tendencies and what messages we may be giving out.
01Aug2011

Methods of Backing Up Work

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By Sally Jenkins
Do you make regular backup copies of your work? We all know how temperamental computers can be – one minute they’re working fine and then the next they freeze up and refuse to do anything. Usually the ‘turn it off and back on again’ method brings the machine back to life and everything is hunky-dory again,
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”
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

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.
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.
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.
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.