Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I began: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people will see that I can’t write accurately! I changed almost everything in my theory to brief forms, one strokes, to pass my tests. I was told to do this to advance in my speed classes. Everyone is doing this! I read through all my errors on each test! I passed each speed by being lucky, remembering what was said in the 5-minute test, and by hearing a test that I had heard before …. And I learned a good realtime theory! … Help me.”
A nationally certified court reporter now providing CART, Communication Access Realtime Translation …
Part II of III:
Softly, I replied, “Perhaps you do not want to swan dive into the mind games.”
As the holidays approach I want to softly suggest that you can create new opportunities with small steps to energize your focus.
We each can evolve to a better “spot” when we choose opportunities or when we are given ultimatums, yes?
Perhaps there has never been a better time to expand your skills.
Spot on, yes?
Or perhaps you believe there has to be a “secret sauce” to reaching your goal, your desired result.
Where do you want to be in three months? Three weeks? Tomorrow at 3:00?
Yet you know that once you reach your goal your tenacity will instantly focus on the creation of the next hurdle (we often use that word) and then on to the next challenge.
We are not individuals who “rest on laurels…” (See my July 2010 article “Resting on Laurels” posted on www.monettebenoit.com and published in my column “Beyond The Comfort Zone” within the Journal of Court Reporting, JCR.)
Our “normal” is setting goals and expanding our world with new skills. This is our normal. We do this every day. Sometimes we do this realtiming word by word. Fact.
Why am I writing about this now? I want you to know that you are not alone. Fact.
Attorneys are requesting more and expecting more. Consumers and audiences want more, too.
The awareness for unprecedented access by the public to an instant record from court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART providers has astoundingly changed our profession.
We are taught realtime theories, working with wonderful CAT, computer assisted translation, software on powerful computers with computerized steno writers that have transformed our schools, our training, and our work. Fact.
Perhaps the key to expanding and to growing our skill-set as a student, as a court reporter, instructor, CART provider, and captioner is to know that our journey is dedicated to a gateway wherein we preserve the instant spoken word. How you interact with the gateway, with your expectations, may be a matter of simply refocusing your focus.
Part I of III is posted November 14, 2013, www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part II of III is posted December 5, 2013, www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted December 20, 2013, www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Monette, Court Reporting Whisperer, may be reached: Monette@ARTCS.com and Monette@CRRbooks.com
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