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OCTOBER 2008 IN THIS ISSUE: Useful Distractions for Remote Workers Focusing on the Goal U.S. District Courts: Technology Boon Ahead? 245 Words Per Minute! Steno Theory “Clearinghouse” From the President
According to the NCRA, an increase in the use of captioning on television and other places has led to reporters abandoning deposition work for this newer field.
Despite this trend, we rely on you to help us meet the expanding demand for court reporters for deposition work.
Since there are fewer reporters to handle the load, you have been reporting more depositions than ever before. We have, therefore, put working with you to improve your efficiency as a top priority. Our goal is to help increase your output, without working longer hours or becoming burned out.
We hope these quarterly e-letters are full of information that will help and encourage you along those lines. Please send us articles you have written as well as helpful suggestions or tips that you think other ABI reporters would benefit from.
As the reporting industry evolves into other areas, we are thankful that we continue to fill the demand for deposition reporting together.
Thank you for continuing to work with us. You are very much appreciated.
Useful Distractions for Remote Workers
By Catherine Roseberry
Can distractions really be useful you ask? Yes, if it’s something used in order to take a break from work. While many might argue, not taking breaks or eating properly will catch up with you and for all the benefits remote work provides to you, they will be negated if you don’t practice good work habits.
We all need to take breaks from our work and here are some good reasons:
- To eat
- To stretch and prevent injuries such as RSI’s, eyestrain or backache
- Perhaps most importantly, to prevent burnout
Losing yourself in your work isn’t such a good thing, for remote workers it’s especially difficult at times to get up and away from the desk, whether that desk is in your home office or a hotel room. There’s the attitude of “just one more thing before lunch” that seems to crop up. Without co-workers to remind us that it is time for a break or lunch, we just continue working even though we know we need a break. Read full article »
Focusing on the Goal
By Pamela G. Weyant, RMR, CRR
As freelance reporters, we all know that the ultimate goal is to get the transcripts out the door and delivered to clients in a timely fashion and with accuracy. But what do you do when you’ve been out every day this week and now the pages are piling up, you haven’t even started working on a transcript that is approaching deadline, trial dates keep swimming through your mind, and you’re laying awake at night trying to figure out how you’re going to get all of the work done?
If you’re fortunate enough to have a scopist, proofreader, office manager, et cetera, to keep everything flowing nicely, great. If, on the other hand, you aren‘t, read on. The following are a few methods to my madness of keeping everyone happy, including myself. Read more »
U.S. District Courts:
Technology Boom Ahead?
245 Words Per Minute! Steno Theory
Plaintiff’s Attorney: What doctor treated you for the injuries you sustained while at work?
Plaintiff: Dr. Johnson.
Plaintiff’s Attorney: And what kind of physician is Dr. Johnson?
Plaintiff: Well, I’m not sure, but I do remember that you said he was a good plaintiff’s doctor.
Court: Is there any reason why you couldn’t serve as a juror in this case?
Potential Juror: I don’t want to be away from my job that long.
Court: Can’t they do without you at work?
Potential Juror: Yes, but I don’t want them to know that.