We Love Our Orlando Stenographers
The “speed of speech” is often defined as 180 words per minute (wpm). Anyone who has ever tried to take verbal dictation with a pen or QWERTY keyboard will tell you that it is impossible to capture what is said at that speed. Traditionally, the only way to keep up is with the use of a stenographer – a skilled professional using a stenotype machine. Stenography is the most identifiable method of recording the spoken word, as stenographers have been a familiar sight in courtrooms for the better part of the 19th and 20th centuries. Stenography, in short, is the act of recording spoken words through shorthand using a stenotype machine.
One of the first things people notice about a stenotype machine is that it lacks the number of keys of a standard keyboard. A stenotype machine, which dates as far back as the early 1800s, is a form of phonetic transcription that allows the court reporter to type in stenographic shorthand.The stenographer’s machine has a minimal keyboard, which omits key letters like i, m or n, and by hitting a combination of keys, they can produce the missing letters or phonetic sounds like “th” or “sh”. To increase their speed, stenographers learn hundreds of short forms and memorize key combinations in certain orders so their hands can move swiftly from left to right.
To a layperson, the steno machine can appear quite confusing. The apparent random combination of keys may look like a jumbled mess. The next time you are in a deposition with one of our Orlando stenographers, take a minute to check out their machine. We are always happy to provide a quick demonstration of how it works and it is nice to show off every now and then. After all, stenography is not easy or easy to learn. All of our stenographers attend a specialized school for a duration similar to a four-year institution. It is a lot like learning a second language while simultaneously training your fingers to type the new language on a 22-key keyboard. In short, the stenographer in your deposition is pretty darn smart.
The Milestone Court Reporting Advantage
Stenographers vary greatly. The difference between the best and the rest is like the difference between a concert pianist and a pub pianist. We only hire the best stenographers and we give them the support needed to rapidly produce high-quality transcripts. This means that our stenographers are capable of providing you with rough draft transcripts at the end of your deposition. A rough draft may not be perfect, but it is a very helpful tool to use while prepping for a hearing or another deposition.
The art of stenography also requires intense attention to detail. Our stenographers are all well trained in the art of listening. They make sure that every transcript is a verbatim recitation of testimony.
It may not be obvious, but one of the most important traits for a stenographer to possess is the confidence to tell an attorney to be quite. No matter how fast a stenographer can write, it is only possible to take down one person’s speech at a time. If two attorneys (or more) begin to talk at the same time then the record is effectively lost. A truly professional stenographer (like our Orlando stenographers) will politely and discreetly control a room so that every person can be heard in turn. Our court reporters are fast enough to keep up with every attorney and professional enough to know when to interrupt or control a conversation.
We do not work with every stenographer. We are selective so that you can be sure that your case is handled by the very best. When you want an accurate, professional, and technologically-advanced court reporter, call Milestone Reporting Company. We cover all of Florida.
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