Dec 172014

Christmas BlogLast month, as I wrote about being thankful and ways to “pay it forward” and give others a “thank you”, I’ve observed a couple things.

First, we are a blessed and fortunate industry.  To have people like you working every day to keep the record, whether a depostion, motion, or trial, and turn out that transcript in the cleansest way and quickest way possible overall shapes not only each of us individualy, but all of us and our state, and that is incredible and explains a lot about why court reporting is still a phenomenally successful industry to be in.

Second, we are not really told “thank you” enough for what we do.  In the spirit of “pay it forward,” if ever you have the chance to say something nice about someone, take it.  “Everybody is under-encouraged,” said my friend, Vickie, the other day.  I’ve hardly heard anything so true.  And it has struck me over the past few months how, when someone dies, we write and say incredibly flattering things about them.  Maybe we should say those things while they’re still here.  Maybe we should encourage and build people up, and recognize them for the good they’ve accomplished.  So let me be the first to tell all of the reporters in Georgia that YOU ARE AWESOME!  Without you, our judicial system would grind to a halt.  You work tirelessly capturing every spoken word and nonspoken gesture and then accurately put that on paper in order to maintain the rights of both the plaintiff and the defendant.

Some of you go even further for your industry and teach and mentor and serve on association boards so that other reporters may become the best they can be.

And for that, my hat is off to you, and from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the GCCRA board, I thank you for your service.  We are proud of your accomplishments and our accomplishments over the past year and are excited for an even more ambitious 2015 as we move further down the realtime road.

To our dear members, thank you all for your support as we continue to build our organization into an even more robust association welcoming all methods of takedown.  We look forward to seeing you all at the 2015 Keeping It Realtime Conference for Court Reporters.  (Details coming soon!)  If you aren’t currently a member, please visit us at and join us.  We are working hard to help you continue to be the best you reporter can be!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year’s to all who celebrate!  And for those of you who aren’t celebrating, for God’s sake, step away from the transcript and go enjoy yourself!