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27Dec2013

Reporter Preference Sheet for Working with Scopists

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YES/NO – USE SLASHES BETWEEN DATE YES/NO – USE DASH BETWEEN DATE YES/NO – USE (INDICATING) YES/NO – USE DIRECT QUOTATIONS MARKS YES/NO – USE INDIRECT QUOTATION MARKS YES/NO – MAKE JOB DICTIONARY SPELL OUT WORDS IN: CAPS – LOWER CASE – WITHOUT DASHES TURNAROUND TIME EXPECTED_____________________________________ TYPE OF SCAN MARK TO LEAVE____________________________________ FREQUENCY OF PAYMENT: (Example: 1st &
27Dec2013

Hire a Scopist and Earn More Money

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The relationship you have with a scopist is a very valuable partnership and should be treated as such.  Partnering with scopists provides many benefits without sacrificing the quality of your transcripts. A Win-Win By employing a scopist, you can, on average, accept two more depositions a week than without using a scopist.
01Oct2013

My “Secret” for Better Realtime

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By Jerry Kelley
When I am preparing for a trial, I do a number of things to make my realtime better. I go to the law firms’ websites and copy and paste photos of the litigators, along with their bios. This helps me build my speaker ID in advance. 
01Oct2013

Realtime Competition Got You Nervous? You Got This!

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Last July during the NCRA convention in Philadelphia I found myself in a room filled with people I was sure were the people who SHOULD be in that room, who DESERVED to be in that room, and who were good enough to be in that room. What in the world was I doing in a room filled with speed champions,
01Jul2013

Realtime Success

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Whether you are already providing realtime to all your clients or whether you are just dipping a toe into realtime feeds, you can pick up something new from talking to other reporters. That is exactly the premise of NCRA’s Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide (or TRAIN, as it is called).
01Apr2013

Improve the Quality of Your Audio

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By Wes Long, Director of Technology, Dynamic Captioning
First, I’m excited to talk about audio because that’s actually what I got my degree in (even though I now make software and products to help the deaf). There is a lot you can do to help “muffled” audio. First, make sure you have enough of an amplifier to drive your headset/headphones.
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

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!
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.
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.