Category Archives: CART FAQ

Press Release: Purple Books Pass Rate 99% for NCRA’s RPR and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, is proud to share: January’s 2017 RPR and multiple State CSR pass rates were over 99%. CA’s CSR tests in March; NY’s Civil Service Court Reporter test is May; NCRA’s RPR and RDR is April 8 – 20; IL, TX, and WA test April 2017. Additional states and […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part I

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Years ago, I wrote “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck.” My Journal of Court Reporting April 2005 article is posted on my blog “Monette’s Musings” and www.CRRbooks.com. I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 28, 2013 Part I began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each ear. I watched, sans comment. […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 1, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2013 Part I began: During an errand to a home improvement center, I witnessed a “game-changing moment,” in my opinion. It unfolded before my ears – and my eyes. Then I was gifted with an opportunity. I needed […]

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. October 2012 Part I began: If you could do anything with your life what would it be? What would you ‘really’ do with your time, your heart, your ears, and your hands? Would you share your court reporting skills […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While chewing […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. … Part II: Is the […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. … Part II: Students and court […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: When the medical specialist stood over my mother’s ICU bed and said, “I don’t listen well,” I was sure he was joking. My mother was admitted into the hospital via ER. We thought it was a […]

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part I of III

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. When the medical specialist stood over my mother’s ICU bed and said, “I don’t listen well,” I was sure he was joking. My mother was admitted into the hospital via ER. We thought it was a virus or food […]

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2011 Part I began: Listening to a court reporter I ‘heard’ a pattern. The court reporter and CART provider, now gainfully employed, is seeking to advance goals. Great. The court reporter has a full-time job. Great. The court […]

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. November/December 2010 Part I began: This November/December column was prompted after listening to an experienced court reporter express their “current mindset” during private coaching and tutoring. The reporter, with vast experience, said, “I can’t do that. There can’t be no opportunities.” […]

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part III of III

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I in this series was posted October 9, 2009, link: http://www.monettebenoit.com/2009_10_08_archive.html Part II was posted October 13, 2009, link: http://www.monettebenoit.com/2009_10_13_archive.html Later, I heard the garage open; my husband does not immediately enter. When he did, this husband was ‘not’ […]

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part II of III

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted October 8, 2009, and linked: http://www.monettebenoit.com/2009_10_08_archive.html That afternoon – just prior to bringing the cat ‘in’ from the outdoors – my husband went to the store. Upon each return, I know he usually rushes in with […]

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part I of III

You, Ken-Tu, And The Mockingbird, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All rights reserved. Well, some days are not dull. I swear my life could be a sitcom. This is only one gem when silliness seemed to unfold at record pace. I view many life lessons as I read forums and e-mails from court […]

Real-Time Rules And The Good Old Days, Part IV

Realtime Rules And The Good Old Days, Part IV By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part IV in IV Some of us have felt the realtime technical squeeze, holding our breath, as those of you who graduate realtime-ready – geared to go – may step right into a spot we could […]

Real-Time Rules And The Good Old Days, Part III

Realtime Rules And The Good Old Days, Part III By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part III in IV Realtime rules: we now have organizations, companies, sign interpreters, and deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers who routinely consider us as part of a team, requesting to work with us. Reporters who currently take […]

Real-Time Rules And The Good Old Days, Part II

Realtime Rules And The Good Old Days, Part II By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II in IV The good old days some people chat about is when court reporters were paid more. Really? Maybe. Maybe. There were (limited) ‘x’ number of courts, ‘x’ number of positions for reporters in […]

Real-Time Rules And The Good Old Days, Part I

Realtime Rules And The Good Old Days, Part I By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I in IV My series on “Realtime Rules” touched a nerve. Professionals and students have written how this column’s thread “spoke to me” and “motivated me.” When someone has been spoken to and motivated, that […]

Real-Time Rules, Adrenaline, Adventure And Survival, Part III

Real-Time Rules, Adrenaline, Adventure And Survival, Part III By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I and II may be viewed at www.Monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com … Even writing this column had challenges. My original June column was pulled with little notice. To continue with my commitment I had to “find a […]

Real-Tme Rules, Adrenaline, Adventure And Survival, Part I

Real-Time Rules, Adrenaline, Adventure And Survival, Part I By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. April and May’s columns initiated the “Real-Time Rules” thread. Now I want to focus on current factors in our markets and long-term approach focus, each demanding our attention. Looking over our shoulder, often we may see where […]

Yes, Real-Time Rules, Part II

Yes, Real-Time Rules, Part II By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Continued from last week: When I was a speaker at a state court reporting association, I addressed this issue. I asked, “Are we embracing the ability to color our hair at home without expenses and blocked time at a beauty […]

Yes, Real-Time Rules, Part I

Yes, Real-Time Rules, Part I By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Each day, as a court reporter, CART provider, instructor, consultant, tutor and coach, I serve people within this great court reporting profession. A typical morning begins as I return phone calls and balance times zones from east to west. Official […]

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English?

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English? By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. One morning in June, I got an early start. The store was near empty. I had me a 2007 Christmas gift certificate. My mission: new dish towels. I went to the kitchen […]

Greater Expectations And Chasing Rabbits

Greater Expectations And Chasing RabbitsBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Replies continue to arrive and percolate from my NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, JCR column “Great Expectations.” Each day I listen, process and filter information from students, court reporters, CART providers and broadcast captioners regarding court reporting and my tutoring services. […]

Fingers, Ears, and Heart Wide Open

Fingers, Ears, and Heart Wide Open By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Court reporters and court reporting instructors are fascinating! Court reporting students have wonderful stories to share with detailed triumphs and challenges each has overcome. And I believe this is what makes this profession so wonderful. During the NCRA (National […]

Take That CART And Shove It? and "Dad, Your Ears Are Dirty!"

Take That CART And Shove It? and “Dad, Your Ears Are Dirty!”By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Years ago, thousands chanted: “Take this job and ….” Has anyone here diligently worked with new technology, new boundaries? Have you, too, worked multiple uncompensated hours to prepare, organized the event, CARTed to a […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part VI of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part VI of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. CART’s FAQ Parts I through V and many articles I’ve written about my experiences since 1993 as an experienced CART provider, college instructor and tutor with CART and deaf, HOH (hard of hearing) topics are posted […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part V of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part V of VII By Monette BenoitAll Rights Reserved. Every day, like you, I receive e-mails. People contact me each day as a court reporter, CART provider, instructor, tutor, and author of NCRA, written knowledge test, “WKT” test prep material. Like you, I’m working to ensure we have an […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part III of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part III of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part III, Falling On Deaf Ears, continues sharing CART FAQs, comments and facts that consistently cross my path. Part I and II may be accessed http://www.catapultdix.com/ and www.monettebenoit.com Responses from my articles continue to arrive. And, […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part II of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part II of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II, Falling On Deaf Ears, continues sharing CART FAQs, comments and facts that consistently cross my path. Part I may be accessed http://www.catapultdix.com/ and Monette’s Musings, http://www.monettebenoit.com/ To further assist you, many articles that I’ve […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part I of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part I of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. As a CART provider, teacher, tutor, coach, and author, I receive many e-mails that are enlightening, sincere and detailed. Many contain paragraphs with question after question.Many contain the same questions week after week. I respond as […]

Test Power Prep The Final Week

Test Power Prep The Final WeekBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2007 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. If you are taking a NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, or state court reporting test this weekend, you are now in the fast lane to reach, to grasp forward onto your goals. I have received so many emails on […]