The ABI Reporter E-Letter – January 2010


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – January 2010

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Realistic “To Do” Lists
Wichitan Reveals How he Invented Closed Captioning
What to Wear to Work
Dress Speak for Men
Brief Forms of the Suffix “Ship”
From the President

I hope you had a happy holiday season, and may this upcoming year be prosperous for you in every way.

Entering a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and identify ways to improve. In our profession, this can include being more accurate, more efficient, more dependable and more proactive.

Let’s make a commitment together, as individual reporters and as an agency, to raise the bar on ourselves and rise up to meet every client’s need, no matter how high it is.
You are instrumental in continuing to make our business flourish and we are here to encourage and support you one hundred percent.

I thought it would be fun to follow up the holidays with articles on fashion. Let me know or send me a link if you find other informative articles on dressing in the professional arena.

Best regards,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Realistic “To Do” Lists

By Des Whitehorn

The Institute of Legal Secretaries, Bristol, England

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, perhaps you need to consider whether you’re writing a “to-do” list or a “wish-to-do” list.  Being realistic with what you put on a “to-do” list is key to being able to achieve it. The sense of achievement at the end of the day is motivating, so you’ll want to do it again the next day! Here are the top ten tips to help you do that:

1. When does the task actually need to be done, or when are you actually going to do it? Allocate each of your tasks against its deadline on your calendar or scheduler and do this every time a new task needs doing.

2. If a task is too large to be done at one sitting, break it down to the next action and schedule each of these tasks against their relevant deadlines. If you need to get information from people before you can do a part of the task, enter this in your diary too, for a day or two before you need it, so you have room to chase them up, yet still meet your deadline.

3. Get specific! Write the task on your “to do” list in action terms, e.g. “speak to Adam to set up the review meeting” not “arrange client meeting.” This will motivate you to DO the task at the appropriate time rather than worry about HOW to do it.

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Wichitan Reveals how he Invented

Closed Captioning

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. His
basement is filled with old radios and other gadgets that would look
more at home in a museum. He likes his entertainment old school – no
Facebook or chat rooms. Bill does his social networking using a ham
radio and Morse code.

“In high school I had a stammering problem, so I resorted to Morse
code, and that was a means of talking to people without having the
stammering problem,” Kastner said.

That childhood infatuation with radios led Kastner to pursue a career
in electronics, and he eventually earned his masters degree in
electrical engineering from K-State.

After working on memory systems for the Minuteman Missile back in the
60s, Bill moved his family to Dallas where he started working for
Texas Instruments.

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“What to Wear to Work”

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“Dress Speak for Men”

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Smarter Tools


Brief Forms of the

Suffix “Ship”

The Lighter Side of Legal

Disorder in the Court

Things people actually said in court, word for word:

Q: What is your date of birth? A: July fifteenth.

Q: What year?

A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in the voodoo occult?
A: We both do.

Q: Voodoo?

A: We do.

Q: You do?

A: Yes, voodoo.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”

Q: And why did that upset you?

A: My name is Susan.

In a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver of the car took the train company to court.

At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he’d done it. The court believed his story, and the suit was dismissed.

“Congratulations,” the lawyer said to the engineer when it was over. “You did superbly under cross-examination.”

“Thanks,” he said, “but he sure had me worried.”

“How’s that?” the lawyer asked.

“I was afraid he was going to ask if the lantern was lit!”

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