The Old Way of Writing Steno Doesn’t Work Anymore

The Old Way of Writing Steno Doesn’t Work Anymore

As a court reporting student, there is something crucial you need to know. If it hasn’t become apparent to you by now in your stenography schooling, then it will very soon.

The old way of writing stenography doesn’t work anymore. In fact, it will do nothing but harm you if you stick to its philosophy.

The previous generation of court reporters had it so much harder than the current crop of court reporters and students. They had to rely on nothing but ...

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You Didn’t Pass Your Speed – Now What?

You Didn’t Pass Your Speed – Now What?

A student recently expressed to me that they want more guidance on what to do to keep their spirits up after blowing a speed test, or not passing a speed at all.

What do you do when you don’t pass your speed? How do you handle not advancing in your court reporting school?

Since this is such an emotional issue for many students (to which I can completely relate), instead of trying to pump out huge amounts of motivation or inspiration, allow me to ...

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The Scary Transition from Theory to Speeds

The Scary Transition from Theory to Speeds

A court reporting student brought up a very good question recently about transition.  She expressed concern for…

“Going from theory, where you are not allowed to make any mistakes, to speed, where you are expected to ‘let go’ and make up your own briefs, and not care about mistakes.”

So what is the best, healthiest, and easiest way to transition from your theory classes, where everything is slow, careful, and as precise as possible, to your speeds where your are not getting ...

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How to Get Back in The Zone

How to Get Back in The Zone

Since my recent post about what is more important, speed or accuracy, several people have responded with a problem that is very specific, but one that can also be emotionally debilitating.

These students expressed to me that they feel they have lost the ability to get in “the zone,” that their performance is actually going down instead of going up.

To be completely honest with you, I experienced this EXACT same problem. It was so unexpected, ...

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Should You Focus on Speed or Accuracy?

Should You Focus on Speed or Accuracy?

I recently asked a large group of court reporting students what their current struggles or burning questions are. One student had a concern about something that I consider paramount for all court reporting students to understand from Day 1 of their training. It’s the age-old question of speed or accuracy.

She told me the following:

“Personally, I hate editing my tests…I know that I will always be working on realtime, if for nothing else because I hate spending forever editing. I’d love to hear ...

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The WORST time to use briefs and phrases

The WORST time to use briefs and phrases

As you may already know about me, I am an avid fan of taking advantage of all the briefs and phrases that you can get your grubby hands on to make your writer smoother, faster, and – above all – EASIER.

However, there is a certain time when using certain briefs and phrases hurts you more than helps you.

So when is the worst time to use a brief or a phrase?

You ready for the answer? Let’s do it.

Assuming that you have ...

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How to Never Be Overwhelmed By School

How to Never Be Overwhelmed By School

Recently I had two students ask me how to deal with their feelings of being “beat down” and overwhelmed by court reporting school.  They said that they feel like their program feels just that tough, both on speeds and academics.

As someone who went through court reporting school myself, I completely sympathize with students who feel like school can be just a constant karate kick to the face.

But, it doesn’t have to feel this way.

So if you’re feeling overloaded by your ...

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The Shocks of Being a New Court Reporter

The Shocks of Being a New Court Reporter

The following is the article I wrote that was published in the July 2013 issue of JCR magazine.  In case you do not subscribe to the publication, you can read the article here in its entirety.  There may be small differences between this version and the version published in the magazine.

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You all right in there?” hollered the attorney as he knocked on the bathroom door.

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The Best Buddies in School

The Best Buddies in School

There’s something that I think needs to be discussed more when it comes to students who attend a brick-and-mortar school (meaning, not online). It’s funny how this issue is totally unrelated to your actual time on the steno-machine or studying, yet can still greatly affect your forward progress through court reporting school. So, what am I referring to?

The fact that it’s so, so, so very important that you choose your friends carefully at court reporting school.

Whenever you get into ...

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School + Job = No Practice

School + Job = No Practice

The thing about court reporting is that it offers a relatively speedy entry into a whole new career, one that offers generally more time at home, more schedule flexibility, and lucrative opportunities depending on which jobs you take as a reporter. All of these things and more make court reporting a very attractive proposition to those already in the workforce with zero prior experience, or those with families that they are trying to provide for with better income.

So what does ...

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