Resting on Laurels…, Part I of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I: Court reporters listen – a lot.

Recently, with detailed sharing from court reporters, CART providers, broadcast captioners, students, teachers, professionals, clients, consumers, sign interpreters, and family, I am wondering, where does one – in realtime – collect strength and wisdom?

How do we regroup when special moments continue to arrive?

To truly be present when people need full attention is part of our discipline, our training. The passion in our profession is deep and wide.

While tutoring and coaching court reporting students, novice and veteran court reporters, I listen to people who are now concerned about not being paid; individuals in counseling (for bipolar symptoms, anxiety and/or therapy – one person shared

that their spouse “fell asleep during a session!”); adults who are moving; adults fretting about how to pay their utility bill or mortgage; fears about children, spouses, partners, and parents.

Many conversations have been shared from students when a speed class is not passed and additional semesters require additional funds.

Within a short period of time, I listened to individuals who contacted me immediately after a family member died. Multiple individuals are receiving chemo (various stages and diagnoses).

Scheduling an international CART, Communication Assistance Realtime Translation, job, I phoned a professional who answered the phone during a chemo treatment.

“No, I’m not busy,” was the person’s reply when I asked if now is a good time.

One woman shared about the death of her mother, then shared she has multiple sclerosis, seated in her brain.

Another person shared details about spreading ashes of a loved one.

A friend adopted a baby. She wants to share. I want to hear happy details.

Privately, my parents were using multiple words to describe their multiple health conditions.

A client phoned the office, “Just send the information. We’re not even dealing with it now. We’ll stick it in the file, but we need it today, okay?”

Another client – after finalizing their job with me phoned to say, “We’ve gone with someone who is cheaper. But we’ll be in touch. You do great work. Okay?”

My favorite?

A reporter, who is a leader and assisted officials to realtime in courtrooms, is reaching for advanced NCRA, National Court Reporter Association, certification, and contacted me. Thus, I replied as requested.

Part I of III is posted July 2, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part II of III is posted July 18, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part III of III is posted July 28, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

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