Most Simple Appears Too Simple, Part I of III

Most Simple Appears Too Simple, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I: During private coaching, a professional recently said, “The weak point is finding a direction.”

This experienced court reporter has reported work that is impressive. Each day she preserves the record.

Each day her world is filled with lay testimony, expert witnesses and multiple surprises.

How does one find ‘a’ direction when swimming like a salmon, upstream?

“Most simple appears too simple,” was my reply.

I hoped that I did not sound like a Chinese fortune cookie.

Court reporters, broadcast captioners, CART providers, and court reporting students with whom I work often share many – oh, so many words – sharing what they are “trying to do” to expand their skills.

Emphasis there was on ‘trying to do’ to change a well-honed, finely-tuned discipline.

The majority of people I listen to now want to work from home. They want to work “over the Internet.”

Now, the majority of individuals within our field – changing their goals – are older (by their own admission) and many have children who are “not under-foot” (a frequent description).

When we, court reporters, report, caption, CART, and take dictation at school, we process words.

We work with accuracy, speed, and instant translation.

“How can I be expected to write every word in the dictionary?” is one question I am asked.

I am asked this question so frequently that I try not to gasp and think of the court reporting instructors, firm owners, and captioning managers who would swat me if they could for not answering that one question succinctly.

I know I could open a can of small insects here for sharing that I do ask when each person attended school.

(A sizeable percentage have never set foot in a school or online program, nor do many ‘intend’ to, by their own words. Many insist they want a free education, yet ask how they can earn top dollar working from home once they ‘can’. Hmm.)

To assist individuals to reach their goals, I ask questions (which are always answered with great honesty).

Each time I hear their truth, their ‘knowing’, I am honored.

It’s not easy to answer (as someone recently said,) “about my warts and all.”

Many of the responses are profound. Many are gut-laughing funny.

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Part I of III is posted May 4, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted May 17, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part III of III is posted May 26, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

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