Most Simple Appears Too Simple, Part III of III

Most Simple Appears Too Simple, Part III 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. …

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.

(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). …

Part II: Within Texas, we listen to news anchors discussing “freezing-up pipes” and “changing up the running of water in outdoor pipes” as temperatures reach historical all-time lows.

And the yearly rodeos – with (free) Cowboy Breakfasts and freezing temps create new scenarios (new words), too. Just another day in the life of a captioner.

Many times I have watched flawless captioning and listened to people commenting, “That must be a machine. It’s perfect.”

I ‘simply’ smile.

I know each broadcast captioner worked very hard to have the text, words, ‘simply’ tran accurately across their screen.

In my mom’s multiple hospitals (December 2010, January and February), each time she was moved into a new room, I hunted for the control box (maybe in her bed, maybe on the bed’s side panels) to turn on the captioning.

(Sometimes I stood on my tiptoes, reaching up into the air for the older, ceiling-suspended, TV.)

I was successful 100 percent (while stretching and pressing every switch, every button). …

Part III: (Yes, I had a few mini-interventions sharing that patients and family members would benefit …

Each time I was told, “Oh, we have children and adults that could USE that!”

I did not sigh once. Not once. And that was ‘work’ to not have that “are you kidding me?” look that I free-frame on my face when the hospitals and crew asked.

I wanted to get the drawing board and say, “Okay. Everybody. Over here. You, too. Here’s where we are. Square one. That’s where we are.” I never did that. Lord, knows I wanted to after so many conversations were routinely initiated from “Hey! What Ya Got In There?” Really.)

Judicial and free-lance reporters have talents all unto their own.

They are writing, preserving, realtiming for judges and officials, often producing a transcript.

Their records will assist civil and criminal parties in lawsuits to defend and/or prosecute.

Each motion, each event, each action is ‘simply’ different.

Court reporters preserve State of the Union and State of the State addresses, in addition to multiple county, muni (municipal), state, and national governmental proceedings.

Many of us have operated under a hush-clause (confidentiality contracts) providing onsite and remote realtime technology, ‘pushing’ verbatim text.

We just can’t tell you anything about it. Really.

CART providers use their skills to assist with equal accommodations to ‘simply’ produce records or to fulfill specific customized requests.

And court reporting students? Ah, students.

Many are focused on “I just want to get out of here.” (I remember saying those words.)

Many say with raised voice, “Just tell me what to do, so I can get out of here.”

When I hear how long students have ‘sat’ in a chair within a room with their consistent test scores, I have winced. How does a student progress? Simply.

I know the bucket containing goals (and wishes) is different for everyone.

When the ‘most simple’ method to tweak a stroke, to move toward a goal, and to correctly stroke a word – even when how to look up how to write that word is to simply look within a theory book – we simply move forward.

The tenacity of this profession is outstanding.

We do not remain bogged down by difficulty, do we?

Judicial reporters, free-lance reporters, CART providers, captioners, court reporting instructors, and students are focused personalities. I began this column, “the weak point is finding a direction.”

When we focus our attention on ‘simply’ we learn new lessons. In an ever-ending quest, we simply move our goals; we find a direction simply moving to a better place. Yes, we ‘most’ simply do.

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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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