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February 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: The Value of Certification Write Shorter Recorders Not the Answer to Stenographic Errors Lost in Digital Translation Confident Body Language Overcoming Procrastination From the President
Because one of the questions being asked of our profession right now is whether digital can replace the court reporter, we have included some articles which look at the differences, along with articles that emphasize the importance of certification and speed-building techniques to help you improve your reporting.
Along those lines, I recommend you attend TechCon
(February 24-26) which, for the first time, will “offer unparalleled opportunities for those in the legal technology field to conceive, evolve and invent.” This conference will be a great way for you to learn ways to increasingly improve your skill.
My goal is to send you information that will inspire, motivate and encourage you in your profession, which I hope this issue will do.
The Value of Certification
By Joyce Casey
RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP
In times of economic downturn, it may be tempting to let your certification lapse or to reduce your continuing education aspirations. But with high unemployment rates and fierce competition for available jobs, you may now need your credentials more than ever before.
“Several reporters I know have let their certifications lapse, feeling secure in their jobs and assuming they don’t need to keep their credentials current,” says Lisa Wiesman, RDR, CRR, CBC. “But the world of court reporting is ever-changing, and many of them have now had to go and again take their certification tests because they’ve changed jobs or transitioned from court reporting into captioning or CART.”
With the unemployment rate holding steady at 9.7 percent and March 2010 only the third month of gains since the recession began nearly three years ago, holding on tight to that certification is a good career decision. Read more »
By Ron Cook
CCR, RMR, CRR,
Premier Realtime, Seattle
After years and years (I won’t admit how many) of dutifully writing things out, for the past five-plus years, I have been steadily trying to compact my writing style. I have kept my eyes and ears open for any and all briefs and techniques that make sense to me. What I really look for are techniques that will kill more than one bird with one stone. In other words, if there is a technique that will lop off strokes with many different outlines, I’m all ears. About five years ago, I learned –RP for “were” while phrasing, in addition to –FRB for “need,” –PT for “want,” –FS for “was,” –BS for “has,” –FRG for “went,” etc. Now I can phrase all those endings in one stroke, potentially lopping a hundred or more strokes per day, just with that simple concept.
What I have also done, which goes against the grain, is start putting conflicts back into my dictionary if I learn an outline that would conflict with an existing outline. For example, as mentioned above, I use –RP for “were” in phrasing, so “you were” I write URP. Read More »
“Recorders Not the Answer
to Stenographic Errors”
“Lost in Digital Translation”
“Confident Body Language”
Read Article »
WHAT THEY SAID
“There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.”
-Hubert H. Humphrey
“The law: it has honored us; may we honor it.”
“I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.”
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