Mar 072017
 

GOAL SETTING

 

  1. Set a goal – Remember, if you don’t set a date,                                         A3    a goal is just a good idea.

Is your goal to become a better voice writer or machine writer?

Is your goal to move toward realtime?

Is your goal to provide your judge and/or attorney a realtime feed?

  1. Break your goal down into smaller parts.

The goal to cleaner writing, whether voice or steno, is to clean up your custom words/dictionary.  Just a few minutes daily can make a world of difference!

Go through your custom words/dictionary and clean up words that aren’t coming up correctly.

What conflicts do you need to resolve?  How is your number conversion?

When you finish your day, review your work.  See where you can make changes, either through correction or just writing it a different way.  One or two changes daily, will help.

  1. Every day do three things that bring you closer to your goal

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What three things can I do today that will bring me closer to my goal?  Keep track of this.  Keep yourself accountable.

Connect with people who have similar goals.  Find a friend/buddy who is wanting to achieve the same type of goal.  This will help you to keep yourself accountable.

 

If you want to achieve a goal, look for the people who have paved the way.  Reach out to those people.  Most times, people will give you free advice or point you in the direction you need to go to achieve your goal.

Sign up for seminars/classes/training that can help you reach your goal.  Usually, you can find these classes at your state and national court reporting associations or through your CAT software vendors.

Remember:  Invest in yourself; you are the best thing going for you!

Author:  Vickie Wiechec.  Go to Facebook Page, Voice Writing Technologies, for information on upcoming training and seminars.

Mar 072017
 

Something to think about . . .

Like you don’t have enough to think about in this multi-tasking profession, how many of you obsess over punctuation while producing your transcripts?

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                   Yes, it’s important.

 

                   Yes, it’s time consuming.

 

                   Yes, it’s necessary.

 

How much time in total do you spend on this one task?

There are Facebook pages you can go to and ask your punctuation questions, and you will get many different answers sometimes.  Choose the one that quotes a rule for you, if one does.  You will probably need to use this resource from time to time when what you’re trying to punctuate just doesn’t fit with any of the rules.  But you know that once you’re on Facebook, you’re not usually just going to ask a punctuation question and get back to work! A2

Here are three simple suggestions that might cut down on your “obsessing” time:

 

  1. Follow the basic rules that you have learned.   

Use consistent references for court reporting:

School punctuation manuals, Lillian Morson, Gregg Reference Manual.

 

  1. Run-on sentences are always a problem. 

A simple rule to follow in breaking up run-ons is:

Something doing something is a sentence. In light of the way people speak, you have to begin

sentences with words like and, or, because, so, you know.

 

  1. Those situations where the speaker has poor grammar, false starts, improper word usage is always a problem. 

Since you have to work with what they have said, just be consistent in the punctuation.  Readability is

important so being consistent with the way you punctuate that speaker will help the reader.

 

These three things will cut down on the time you spend on this!

Author:  Colette Wayda, CCR

Nov 152016
 
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COURT REPORTER (State Court)

Job Title COURT REPORTER
Working Title COURT REPORTER (State Court)
Position Information This position is assigned to the State Court of Cobb County. This position requires a license as a Certified Court Reporter issued by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia.
Salary $17.55 to $27.51 per hour
Grade Code 49
Position Number 1080001
Essential Duties Stenographically types spoken words of technical and complex court proceedings, incorporating appropriate ancillary services needed to produce and preserve a verbatim record for review and/or appeal.

Translates, edits, researches and produces transcripts of court proceedings utilizing state of the art technology.

Re-edits materials to accomplish desired changes, such as correcting and defining non-translations and mistranslations.

Verifies factual elements to ensure accuracy utilizing various reference materials, e.g., dictionaries, directories, atlases, newspapers, books, law case reports, library services, legal citations systems, judges, attorneys, law clerks, other reporters.

Records, secures, marks and attaches all physical and documentary exhibits admitted during proceedings; reproduces and/or accurately describes all evidence and attaches to both original transcripts and copies; coordinates return of evidence with Clerk’s Office.

Responds to transcript requests, cross-referencing logs, schedules and data to ensure proper reporter is contacted for precise transcript production.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Hours worked per week (include over time) 40
Department Code 220
Department Name State Court
Unit Code 9435
Unit Name DIVISION 1, POST 1
Position Type Full-Time
Job Category Court Administration
Internal or External External-Open to Public
Minimum Qualifications Completion of vocational / technical court reporting curriculum; supplemented by two years previous experience in court reporting; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Requires Certified Court Reporter (CCR) license issued by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia

Physical Requirements While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and lift and/or move up to 10 to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors
Posting Number 00506 (TR)
Posting Date 11/09/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
EEO Statement Cobb County is an equal opportunity employer.

Cobb County Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Employment Notice Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact us if you require accommodation to apply for a position. If you need assistance, please contact us at 770-528-2541

Cobb County Government is a smoke-free environment for all employees.

Cobb County Government is a Drug-Free Workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing.

Quicklink for Posting http://cobbcounty.peopleadmin.com/postings/16017
Oct 212016
 

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Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU!  We want to help you establish the networking connections you need for a successful court reporting career.

Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU! We want to help you establish a firm foundation of ethics, transcript preparation and best practices for a successful court reporting career.

Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU! We want to help you stay abreast of cutting-edge technology to prepare you to be most successful in your court reporting career.

And to back this up, GCCRA is offering a discount attendance rate (no CE’s provided) for YOU to attend our 2016 The Real Deal Conference at the Wyndham in Peachtree City, Georgia.

This is what one student had to say about one of our conferences she attended last year:

As a student, I made a point to attend as many court reporter gatherings as I was allowed to and the benefits were amazing.  There is so much to learn from working court reporters and no matter where you are at in your studies, the information offered will be extremely valuable to you.  I encourage everyone to try to make their way to the GCCRA  Conference.  You won’t regret it.

 

~ Charlie Stamey, CVR, CCR

 

For more information on how to register click HERE

Mar 252016
 
Carley Adamson

GCCRA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 scholarship award!

The Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association (GCCRA) is pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Horace Webb Scholarship Program in service to the realtime court reporting students or graduates in the state of Georgia.

As a leader within the court reporting field, GCCRA recognizes that you have many opportunities to become involved in organizations and activities once you begin this exciting career.  GCCRA encourages this winner to start their career off with a gift of financial aid for studies and a one-year membership into GCCRA!  Your study of realtime court reporting evidences your commitment to professional development and your desire to network with other reporters, who share your enthusiasm, interests, and goals.

People may ask:  So who is Horace Webb?  Horace L. Webb was the inventor of the stenomask – the device that allows voice reporters to repeat back what is being said while their voice is silenced so that one is not able to be heard in the courtroom or deposition setting.  So what did this winner receive?

  • To start with, the recipients are given membership, either student or full, to GCCRA, the only reporting organization in Georgia that fully allows all methods of takedown into their association with full voting privileges!
  • The award recipients will be encouraged to attend GCCRA board meetings to further network with industry leaders and working reporters!  
  • Another gift to further their career in court reporting are a $500 payment to a reporting program or school (payment made directly to school – and in this case, Brown College of Court Reporting)
  • Free NVRA or NCRA Study Guide (in this case NVRA) and a voucher entitling the recipient to one CVR or CCR Workshop (in this case CVR), one online written examination, and one dictation skills test (pre-registration required)

 

I know, I know — announce the winner already!  The Board of Directors of GCCRA would like to announce the 2016 winner of the Horace Webb Scholarship, Carley Adamson.  Congratulations Carley!!!!

Sep 182015
 

 Keeping It Real…Err…Realtime!

By Cynde Gregory

 

beeWhether you’re a “newbee”,  with just a little court reporting experience, a “worker bee” who knows the business from the inside out, or a “king-or-queen bee” who runs an agency, the one-day GCCRA Keeping It Realtime Conference held at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City on October 16 is one you don’t want to miss.

 

The conference not only offers 10 CE credits, a chance to network, see old friends and make new ones, it also presents a motherlode of hands-on information any court reporter can use.  Court reporting students are welcome with open arms, and GCCRA makes it easy on those who are learning the trade by offering student pricing. And for our members, early bird registration offers even more savings.  Don’t forget that both the membership fee, conference fee, and all associated expenses are tax deductible!

Click here for more info!

Track 1 & 2 (8-10 a.m.) will tackle realtime skills and the newest software releases with the industry pros.

Diving deeper finds Track 3 & 4 (10:15-12:15) revealing the depths of your software. For both sessions, remember your computers and voice equipment!

After lunch, Track 5 (1-2 p.m.) collections attorney Richard Parsons explores how to gracefully (or forcefully) convince late-payers to cough up the cash in a timely manner.

Track 6 (2:15-4:15) presents “The Back Story,” an interview with criminal attorney Kirby Clements.  His credits include Court TV, Nancy Grace, CNN, MSNBC, and a host of other news and television programs in which he has been consulted on his legal expertise.

After a quick snack, Track 7A (4:30-6 p.m.) explores the fascinating world of cold case investigations with Sheryl McCallum.

A second workshop offered in the same time slot, Track 7B with Caryn Broome, Angie Matthews, and Vickie Wiechec offers “The Art of Voice Writing,” realtime accuracy from simple craft to elegant art.

Want your money’s worth?  Stick around for the day’s final session, Track 8, from 6-7:30 to learn how tax and accounting guru Debbie Snelling can help students, reporters, and agency owners save hundreds or thousands of dollars by staying on top of deductions and credits.

GCCRA invites all busy bees to attend our fall conference.  Click here to register, and “bee” sure to attend!

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Mar 242015
 
Change

I was once told, “whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.”  The fun part of this thought is deciding what do you want to be better at?

If you are like most reporters, you want to grow your professional skills.  Find ways to improve yourself and your career.  If this is you, then we have something in common.  I’m very passionate about professional growth, which seems to usually help my personal growth.

Here are some ideas to help you polish the diamond inside you!

Wake up early, okay, just a little bit earlier.  Waking up early improves your productivity and your quality of life.  When you wake up early, take a few minutes to tell yourself that YOU deserve this time YOU are making for YOU!

Write a letter to your future self about a 30-day, 60-day, and 1-year challenge.  What are you going to do for the next 30 days, 60 days, and 1 year that is going to make a difference in your reporting skills?  Where do you see your reporting career in two years, five years?  Will you be the same?  Different?  What specific skills do you want to develop?  Really, sit down and writer that letter and then seal it.  Make a date in your calendar to open it in 30 days, 6 months, and 1 year from now.  Smile when you see how close you are to those goals!

Real growth comes with hard work and sweat.  I have been told numerous times, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”  Pick three things and change your routine up.  Do something different.  Here are some ideas I used.

  • Maybe turn off the TV for two nights a week and practice your dictation.
  • Maybe hire a scopist or proofer to open up another three to five hours a week that you can correct your user.
  • Maybe cut back on some luxury that enables you to afford to not work as much so you can add another 2 hours a week to make briefs, analyze documents, and add words to Dragon after you practice taking down the nightly news.

Put yourself up to a challenge against a colleague.  Competition is one of the best ways to grow.  Compete against a friend to see who achieves the target first.  Through the process, both of you will gain more than if you were to set off on the target alone.

Ask for feedback and seek out a mentor.  As much as we try to improve, we will always have blind spots.  Asking for feedback gives us an additional perspective.  Mentors can be friends, family, colleagues, or even your boss.  Ask for and receive their feedback objectively.

Stay focused with to-do lists.  I start my looking at Google Calendar – how did I live without it?  I even schedule a time to walk my dogs as it keeps me focused on the other 3 million things I need to do.  But seeing it on the calendar helps ensure I still to my plan.

Dream BIG – really BIG — Set yourself a Big Hairy Audacious Goals.  A really BHAGs will stretch you beyond your normal dreams since they are BIG and AUDACIOUS – you wouldn’t think of attempting them normally.  And set yourself a Big Hairy Audacious Reward.  Life is too short not to reward yourself for a job well done!

Finally, get into action.  How can you take action on this BHAG immediately?  Waiting doesn’t get anything done.  Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes!

Good luck and I hope you will share your success stories with GCCRA – we would love to post them!

Mar 052015
 
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Headlines

From the Director’s Desk of the Judicial Council Administrative Office of the Courts

The March 2015 edition of the Georgia Courts Journal is now available.  Go

to http://w2.georgiacourts.gov/journal/ to read:

Court Reporting Policies Amended by Judicial Council
State of Judiciary Address
TRIP on target to start in March
Is it Reversible Error?
Senate Honors Long-time Juvenile Court Judge
Upcoming Events
In Memoriam
…and much more!

Marla S. Moore
Judicial Council Director
Administrative Office of the Courts
Secretary, Board of Court Reporting

 

 

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