The Reporter Newsletter – February 2012


The Reporter Newsletter – February 2012

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February 2012

From the President

One of our readers wrote this month’s feature article, which focuses on the skill of listening well and responsively. We hope this article and the rest of the contents in this issue will help you in your work.

We will continue to provide you with useful information and tools for legal professionals because we take a genuine interest in the legal community beyond just court reporting.

We are committed to helping our clients in every way we can, so please let us know how we can help your out-of-town and local deposition planning go smoothly.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Listen While You Work

By Lisa Carter

I have long held the belief that good listening is a form of art. That belief has been confirmed for me time and again through literature by licensed psychologists who explain the art of listening. They also acknowledge the rewards to gain from good listening skills as well as consequences suffered when these skills are absent.

Listening well and responsively is an essential skill. It is more than just the ability to hear. It is the ability both to hear and understand. To hear and receive instruction is a must in order to complete necessary tasks in an efficient and timely manner within the workplace. As a Legal Assistant I am performing many tasks during my workday. I am transcribing documents, reading materials, emailing clients, and I am also listening for instructions to be given for specific tasks.

Listening is such a critical skill that companies have made it their business, literally, in order to gain a competitive edge. The customer is always right, as they say, and companies know they have to listen to what their customers want. This is a very effective method of growing their customer base.

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Listen While You Work

Interpersonal Communication

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Interpersonal Communication
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Trial lawyers have great stories.

Last summer, the Oklahoma Bar Journal ran a piece written by Veteran Oklahoma City trial lawyer Rex Travis.

Read the story of his first jury trial.

It’s a great story!