Category Archives: CART/captioning

Press Release: Purple Books Revised, Updated, 7th Ed., Textbook, NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Available from Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, November 2017: new 7th edition textbook with the only updated NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, and State WKT, written knowledge test, information for students and court reporters. 350 pages, CRRbooks.com by Monette Benoit: Complete Written Knowledge Test Textbook, Seventh Edition, Revised and Updated for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, […]

Press Release: Plan Now! Prepare Now! 98% Successful Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October’s NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSR written exams are right around the corner. Currently, registration periods are open. Plan now! Prepare now to become one of the 98% successful pass rate by students, court reporters, and CART Captioners on the RPR, RDR, and State CSR exams. Pedagogically sound, covering a wealth […]

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: While coaching a novice court reporter, the professional said, “I don’t like to take tests. That’s why I went to court reporting school.” I said softly, “Now that’s a thing of beauty.” He sincerely replied, “It’s true.” I truly replied, “You […]

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

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: 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 […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part III of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 27, 2013 Part I and II began: Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. August 11, 2013 Part I and II began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU, intensive care unit, discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part I of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 11, 2013 Part I of III 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. I am witnessing […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Part I began: Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part I of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – again). Yesterday Mom’s […]

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

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 24, 2013 Part I began: The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” Part II began: We agreed to assess goals that […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now, Part II of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 15, 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 […]

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 […]

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. April 2013 Part I began: As we listen, as we scan and troll, now and then a moment may stop us in our tracks. Each track depends on where we are at that moment. Each track when viewed over […]

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 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 […]

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less? I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take. Thriving in five? Yes. Thriving in less […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part II of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part I of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

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 […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part II of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part II 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 […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part I of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part I 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. I wrote, “… The circus […]

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 […]

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

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: 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. Individuals who have been on […]

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

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved 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. Individuals who have been on autopilot seek to […]

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. He squealed, “I love you!” at the top of his lungs, multiple times, before he was physically removed, gently and lovingly. How did that happen? The morning began quietly. While running errands I had a store coupon for 20 percent […]

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 […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I 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 […]

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 […]

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future, Part 3 of 3

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 2/8/10.Part II was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 2/25/10. Michelle Coffey, Premier Captioning & Realtime Ltd., entered reporting in 1992. She earned her RPR in 1996, and […]

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future, Part 2 of 3

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future, Part 2 of 3 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted www.monettebenoit.com, 2/8/10. Michelle Coffey, Premier Captioning & Realtime Ltd., entered reporting in 1992. She earned her RPR in 1996, and her CRI in 2001. Michelle also holds a degree in criminal […]

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future, Part I of III

CART: Up-Skills For The Job, And Confidence For The Future Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Michelle Coffey, Premier Captioning & Realtime Ltd., entered reporting in 1992. She earned her RPR in 1996, and her CRI in 2001. Michelle also holds a degree in criminal psychology and diploma in counseling from […]

Simple Silence, Part III of III

Simple Silence, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Simple Silent, Part I was posted 12/8/09, www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.comPart II was posted 12/19/09. Simple Silence, Part III of III: Again, the topic of sound – or lack thereof – is introduced. In 1993, when I opened my CART “headquarters” within a sign […]

Monette’s Mindful Management: Lose Him? Part I

Mindful management is a term I share when I’m coaching, tutoring and assisting professionals and students with test prep. I desire to share mindful management moments with you. Monette’s Mindful Management: Lose Him? Part I By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Carting (carrying) a list of tasks to accomplish, I added one stop to my […]

Simple Silence, Part I of III

Simple Silence, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I want to plant a seed; simple silence. Silence is powerful. I have Deaf friends (their term) who would not change their deafness. They embrace their world. A special memory was created when I introduced two people who have been deaf since childhood. […]

Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs And Pajamas, Part II of III

“Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs And Pajamas, Part II of III” November 2009 By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Mindful management is a term I share when I’m coaching, tutoring and assisting professionals and students with test prep. I desire to share mindful management moments with you. Part I is linked […]

Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs And Pajamas, Part I of III

Mindful management is a term I share when I’m coaching and assisting others. I desire to share mindful management moments with you. Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs And Pajamas, Part I of III November 2009 By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II may be read November 15, 2009: www.monettebenoit.comPart III […]

Monette’s Mindful Management: Choose Carefully: Choose Your Question Well, Part II of III

Monette’s Mindful Management Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I, posted September 15th, shared “Choose Carefully: Choosing Your Answer Well, Part I of III” This post contains “Choose Carefully: Choose Your Question Well, Part II of III” The next morning I attended the invitation-only breakfast (with bankers). I arrived at 6:30, the mixer […]

Monette’s Mindful Management: Choose Your Answer Well, Part I of III

Monette’s Mindful Management By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Choose Carefully: Choose Your Answer Well, Part I of III This is the first of a new commitment I desire to share. I know we will learn from each other as we create new goals, new realities and new horizons. This is my wish. Two or […]