The ABI Reporter E-Letter – May 2010


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – May 2010

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MAY 2010

Golden Rules of Goal Setting: Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success
Organizational Tips For Your Home Office
Work Life Balance Tips
From the President

Because Atkinson-Baker wants to continue to help you grow in your profession and fine tune your court reporting skills, we hope this quarterly e-letter provides you with useful articles, information, tips, and tools to do just that.

One very useful tool that helps expedite transcript turnaround in the form of secure, electronic e-transcripts is RealLegal

E-Transcript Manager software, and I highly encourage you to sign up by sending us an email. Start taking full advantage of it right away. There is no cost to you, and it helps in two ways: You don’t have to mail in certificate pages with your transcripts, as the signatures are electronic. Also, when copy orders come in after the job has shipped, you simply email us the file and we handle the rest.

Reporter resources today are very technologically advanced, and it is up to us to make sure that we keep in step with what is out there so we aren’t left behind. We want to provide the highest quality product in a demanding, quick turnaround environment.

Your commitment to serving our clients everywhere is very appreciated, and your dedication doesn’t go unnoticed.

Best regards,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Reporter Spotlight: Sharon Campbell

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, and she finds them to be more interesting overall.

She has had the opportunity to work in court when the attorney has needed to bring his own reporter or when the courts used an agency. Working in court has tended to be somewhat intimidating to her, but she has found that once she gets there and the procedure starts, she becomes relaxed and finds court work very interesting.

Sharon has her RPR and has been a member of the National Court Reporters Association and California Court Reporters Association most of her career.

ABI interviewed her to find out what her successful actions are that help her to be more efficient and to turn her work out fast and accurately.

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Golden Rules of Goal Setting:Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success


Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years’ time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today?

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Think about it: Having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.

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Valuable Information at Your Fingertips
Smarter Tools


Organizational Tips For

Your Home Office

Work Life Balance Tips

The Lighter Side of Legal

These were actually said in depositions, culled by a proofreader who found them interesting enough to save

and share.

A: You’ve got to figure I’m a pretty conservative lady. This is the first concert I had ever been to.

Q: Of any kind?

A: Well, I take that back. I went to Jerry Lee Lewis when I was 16 years old.

Q: There was no shooting at that concert, was there?

A: No. A whole lot of shaking going on, but no shooting.

Q: Do you recall discussing with John Smith that if you were in a deposition or anything like that and you don’t want to give the right answer, all you have to say is, “I don’t know. I don’t recall”?

A: No. I don’t remember.


Q: And what was the reason given to you for the fact you were let go?

A: The reason given to me was garnishing a knife and arguing with the supervisor.


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