Category Archives: NCRA Court Reporters

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 II

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a student’s focus when she phoned my Court Reporters Reference Books & CDs office to order a product to assist her to advance in […]

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 – […]

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 […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 28, 2013 Part III of III: When the work ended I was surprised how many people stayed to elaborate on the discussion. Again, what I thought to be a “normal day at the office” became a targeted focus – […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 3, 2013 Part I of III: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: 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. … For three months I had been looking for […]

“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 […]

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.” […]

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney Fox

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney FoxBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2007 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I first learned about Deaf Smith in 1993 when I entered Deaf culture as a realtime court reporter, CARTing, captioning to large screens for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. I was stunned I […]

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 IV of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part IV of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Comments to my CART FAQ articles continue to percolate. So shall my responses. The following are questions I work to address pro bono as we move forward within our careers. To further assist you, Part I, […]

How’d You Get Here? Part One

How’d You Get Here? Part OneBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Each person is a story. As I tutor and coach court reporters and students, I am continually asked: “How’d you get through it? How’d you get here?” I sent four questions to leaders – freelance reporters, officials, CART providers, […]

"My Solitary Travels" by Monette Benoit

My Solitary TravelsBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. My Solitary TravelsSitting alone in my solitary spot,I am at peace for awhilewhere I can dream of sailing in my yachtwhile my spirit travels and smiles. I leave not the spot in my body,but alas where few can see.I fly and soar in […]

“Homeland” and Jeff Hutchins

“Homeland” and Jeff HutchinsBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2007 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. In my opinion, Jeff Hutchins, more than any person, tipped our court reporting profession. I have always believed that more court reporters, captioners, and students need to know Jeff’s involvement in captioning technology and our profession. In 1972, The Caption Center […]

"Still Processing And Snowglobes"

“Still Processing And Snowglobes”By Monette Benoit Copyright 2006 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “You’re processing; you’re not stuck,” began my correspondence with Janet Tilly, a student who contacted me. She had written, “I am currently stuck trying to attain 170 words per minute.” My April 2005 ‘Beyond The Comfort Zone’ article and Monette’s Musings […]

Certify This …

Monette’s Musings is a blog containing information for busy professionals, students and individuals who are fearless and seek to create their success each day. Certify This …By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. If you registered for a NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, or a state court reporting examination take a deep […]

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 […]

“You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”

“You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. The first email to Monette@CATapultdix.com began as an information-specific request. I replied to Janet Tilley and offered ‘up’ a firm opinion, which I have ‘owned’ for many years. Her response was so sincere, I asked Janet to permit me to share […]