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Preparing to Work with Scopists & Proofreaders

Preparing to Work with Scopists & Proofreaders

We know that starting a new scoping or proofing relationship can be scary. But with a little preparation, you CAN start to understand and communicate your expectations.   Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about How to Find, Vet, and Hire Scopists and...

Overcoming the Fear of Working with Scopists & Proofreaders

Overcoming the Fear of Working with Scopists & Proofreaders

Are you nervous about using a scopist or proofreader?  There’s no doubt about it.  You’re definitely not alone.    Relinquishing Control 😱   Our small Stenovate team fully understands that many reporters prefer to do their own work because – let’s face it –...

The Court Reporter Panic Post

The Court Reporter Panic Post

If you’ve explored a forum that is designated to connect court reporters with scopists and proofreaders, you’ve likely encountered a post that reads something like this: “HELP!  I need a [scopist or proofreader] on [insert CAT software here] for a 300-page transcript...

Changing Your Work Paradigm: Be Willing to Let Go

Changing Your Work Paradigm: Be Willing to Let Go

Let it go!  Let it go!  (We’ve all got the song in our heads now, don’t we?  Sorry!) Is the thought of letting a scopist look at your raw, unedited writing...comfortable?  A little scary?  Or maybe even downright terrifying?  Well, guess what? You were trained for...

Court Reporter Shortage: Bridging the Gap

Court Reporter Shortage: Bridging the Gap

Every stenographer, scopist, and proofreader knows about the court reporting shortage…unless you’ve literally been living under a rock without Internet.  And it would be really hard to do our jobs without the lnternet.  You’ve likely heard about the Ducker Report,...

What Just Happened in Texas?

What Just Happened in Texas?

Something pretty magical just happened in Texas last week. Court Reporters finally got someone to listen to their concerns about “low-cost digital alternatives.”  The Backstory Texas is a licensure state, and its reporters are governed by the JBCC which administers...

The Fearless Stenographers Conference RECAP!

The Fearless Stenographers Conference RECAP!

Shaunise Day, steno advocate and event planner extraordinaire, hosted one of the most remarkable steno-centric events we’ve seen in the last decade.  If you’ve ever attended a multi-day conference, you know there is a LOT to organize. She almost single-handedly,...

Raising the Bar with Ratings & Reviews

Raising the Bar with Ratings & Reviews

When you are browsing Amazon for Christmas gifts or planning a vacation and looking at hotels and restaurants, what’s the first thing you look at?   The reviews, of course!  Ratings and reviews dramatically improve the likelihood that you’ll be satisfied with your new...

Court Reporter Tips for Managing Scopists and Proofreaders

Court Reporter Tips for Managing Scopists and Proofreaders

So you’ve built your dream team. You found a scopist and proofreader ready to help you get more done and grow your transcript business.  Now it’s time to switch gears from hiring to managing so that you can build winning partnerships with your transcript teammates. ...

How to Find, Vet, and Hire Scopists and Proofreaders

How to Find, Vet, and Hire Scopists and Proofreaders

The next time you pull an all-nighter to finish a surprise expedite, you’re going to wish you had a transcript team What’s a transcript team?  It’s you (the court reporter) and your go-to scopist and proofreader.  These teammates are invaluable — and they can help you...

How to Crush Expedites with Confidence in 4 Steps

How to Crush Expedites with Confidence in 4 Steps

Years ago, as a new court reporter, nothing raised my blood pressure more than a surprise expedite.  I’ll never forget my first BIG, scary job — a heated doctor deposition. Not only was the medical jargon flying faster than 225 words per minute, but the participants...

Lesson 7: How to Beat Procrastination… For Good!

Lesson 7: How to Beat Procrastination… For Good!

Picture this: It’s mid-morning and you sit down at your desk with a big, hot cup of coffee.  The sun is shining through your office window. You boot up your computer, ready to knock out your first task: Scope yesterday’s transcript. But instead of opening up your case...

Time Management Lesson 6: The Art of Delegation

Time Management Lesson 6: The Art of Delegation

Court reporters are like unicorns.  Powerful. Magical. Rare. Your skills are in high demand and in short supply. You graduated from a rigorous training program. You’re constantly building your dictionary and improving your skills. You basically keep the entire US...

Lesson 4: Protect Your Time by Setting Boundaries

Lesson 4: Protect Your Time by Setting Boundaries

Barbara Corcoran — the famous real estate investor and ‘Shark’ on ABC’s Shark Tank — has learned hard-fought lessons about time management.  “Years ago, I gave my time away to just about anyone,” she said in an interview with Entrepreneur Magazine. “But by making...

Lesson 3:  Scheduling & Planning for Court Reporters

Lesson 3: Scheduling & Planning for Court Reporters

Welcome to Lesson 3 of Time Management for Transcript Pros! Who knew a simple calendar trick could change your life? Get More Done with Time Blocking.   “Either you control your calendar, or it controls you.”  In the last two lessons, we learned how to set SMART...

Lesson 2: How to Prioritize Like Oprah and Eisenhower

Lesson 2: How to Prioritize Like Oprah and Eisenhower

Welcome to Lesson 2: Prioritization for Transcript Professionals! Today, we'll learn how to use a simple tool that keeps us focused on our most important tasks: The Eisenhower Matrix     What do you, Oprah Winfrey, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower have in...

Time Management Lesson 1:  Setting (and Crushing) Goals

Time Management Lesson 1: Setting (and Crushing) Goals

Welcome to Stenovate's Master eCourse on Time Management for Transcript Professionals!  In this first lesson, we'll lay the foundation for successful time management: Setting Goals   Nothing feels better than CRUSHING your goals. But sometimes we get...

3 Productivity Tips to Grow Your Transcript Business

3 Productivity Tips to Grow Your Transcript Business

Ever have those days where you feel more like a firefighter than a transcript professional? Running around from crisis to crisis, you put out fires while new ones ignite. You're working more, earning less, burning out, and spending less time doing things you love....

Court Reporting: The Sexiest Underrated Job in America

Court Reporting: The Sexiest Underrated Job in America

We’ve all heard about the court reporting shortage. Youngins aren’t rushing off to court reporting school like they used to. But why? The debate rages on, but at the end of the day, it boils down to a simple fact: People don’t think court reporting is sexy. It’s time...

An Important Message About Stenovate’s Launch

An Important Message About Stenovate’s Launch

To say, "We live in interesting times," is a massive understatement. For reasons I am about to share, we must temporarily postpone Stenovate's public beta launch. It breaks my heart to deliver this news. You have been part of the Stenovate journey from the beginning,...

NEW! Progress

NEW! Progress

After reviewing the brand new Transcript Dashboard, you know that you have access to a complete picture of your workload and progress at a single glance. (Yaaaay!) Diving a little deeper, every transcript has a "Workspace" with great tools for you and your teammates....

NEW! Transcript Dashboard

NEW! Transcript Dashboard

You need a transcript dashboard. Let us explain. We know you have your own system for organizing your transcript-based business, but here’s the thing: You’re working too hard to keep it all straight, and it’s slowing you down! Believe us when we say we have no doubt...

NEW!  Files

NEW! Files

We’re just going to come out and say it. For transcript professionals, Stenovate kicks Dropbox’s boo-tay in storing files for several reasons. Yes, you heard me. I said we’re better than Dropbox (and just as secure) because Stenovate is specifically built for...

NEW!  Network

NEW! Network

Find Yourself a Dream Team…without Facebook! Some reporters have found their dream team of scopists and proofreaders, and others are still searching for their wordy and witty matches made in heaven. There’s a reason why the most popular Facebook groups for transcript...

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