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I ran across an article in my email inbox that talked about nine qualities that may enable us to best deal with stress. Ironically, when I perused the list, what I clearly saw immediately in my own mind were the keys to continued inspiration: Optimism Motivatio...

Tackling your transcripts with the idea that, first and foremost, you are dictionary-building and looking for patterns in your writing that you can improve upon will help you move forward more than editing your transcript just to get the job out EVER will.

If your dictionary and your writing are solid as to the basics, then the rest of it is, arguably, something you can adapt to in the heat of the moment. Are you going to get those technical words to come up the first time you write them if you've been given no prep...

If you start analyzing your theory, working on becoming more familiar with and tweaking your dictionary, and as you become stronger in your writing style, you won't need to be involved in discussions about what "quality realtime" is or is not in order for...

I recently attended a Margie Wakeman Wells punctuation seminar class. Admittedly, I was there for the required ethics credits; also admittedly, I would likely not have attended her seminar otherwise. I was pleasantly surprised by my own takeaway from it, however. My bo...

A lively discussion was had recently regarding attorney requests for rough drafts. In a nutshell, it seems that there are a great many reporters who are not understanding the difference between a "clean rough draft" and an edited transcript.

Arguably, there actually is...

Gaining experience from writing on the job and practicing are two different things. One is utilizing the skills you already have and the other is bettering them. Court Reporter X being such a good writer that they don't need to practice really isn't the point.

"I want to thank you," she said, "for all of your hard work in providing these rough drafts to us each evening." She went on to express her gratitude, commenting, "In the group of freelancers that we routinely hire, we just don't have power...

On October 1, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana, I had the privilege of participating in the first-ever STAR Talks -- a group of short power talks put together by several reporters to present for the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting.

While this piece...

Let’s start right off with a controversial topic. I’ve heard it said there’s a breakdown of abilities and skill levels within court reporters: The top 10 percent of reporters are exceptionally skilled, able to write virtually any sort of realtime or fast-speaking real-...

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