“Promise Me You Will …” Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I began: I returned a phone call to a person requesting help to pass the NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, written knowledge test, WKT, while the individual placed an order for CRR Books and CDs’ test prep books.
As we worked together, the person identified herself as a student and shared she had attended NCRA’s 2010 national convention. I smiled and said, “I bet you met wonderful people.”
The pause was noticeable. She then shared that she “met one person who spent time speaking” with her.
“Great,” I replied.
There are so many talented (and amazing) court reporters who spend time speaking to students and who change their world – standing in a line together, seated within a seminar or strolling the busy exhibit halls.
The student paused again and said softly, “He told me that I couldn’t do this.”
Stunned, I looked directly into the phone before I said, “Excuse me?”
She repeated the words and identified the person.
“He told me I couldn’t do this,” and she sighed.
I was very clear that words may have power over us. Words may have power if we permit it (the power). An opinion is simply an opinion.
She sighed again, and shared how this one conversation had changed her trip to the national convention.
I thought, “I bet it did!”
She shared how this one conversation had changed her views on studying. She shared how this event had changed her eagerness to sit down and practice.
Again I thought, “I bet it did!”
When I first enrolled in court reporting school and was a student, many people said I could not do ‘this’ – too many. I listened to none – none with negative opinions. I continued with my turtle approach, one minute at a time, each five-minute test, each class, each academic course, each moment, and avoided ‘all’ negativity. I was not the stellar student or the one that people “knew would do this.” Nope.
I had to sign forms stating that I had been advised I might not make it out of the court reporting program. Additionally, I had to carry a double-major in all my studies due to signing those forms.
I signed the forms (plural occasions) and then taped each on the wall next to my desk where I studied in my dorm room. They did not have power over me, but served as a reminder of what I really – really wanted to accomplish.
Again I asked the student, “Promise me you will prove him wrong. Please.” She laughed with gusto and promised she would. She really would.
Is she now practicing? Yes. Is she now focused on success? Yes. Is she now removing the power those words had over her? Oh, yah.
This training and discipline in my opinion – creates moments and memories wherein we are working alone – a lot. We have to focus on technique, structure, theory, practice, vocabulary, technology, and a plethora of tasks.
Part I of III is posted February 8, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted February 22, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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