Tips for New Court Reporters

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New Court Reporters

We recently asked a Facebook group for court reporters what their top tips were for new court reporters. Here’s what they had to say:

First things first. Just Breathe.

Everyone has been new at a job and we’ve all been nervous. Take a minute to look back at how far you’ve come. From a dream to be a court reporter to today, there’s a lot to celebrate. Now take a breath as you look ahead to your new journey as a court reporter.

You’re entering an exciting and growing career where you can showcase your skills.

Get prepared.

Before heading off to your proceeding or client meeting on your own, we recommend talking with an experienced reporter who can guide you through how to prepare for a deposition. Ask them questions like what to do prior to a deposition, day of, and after so you can make sure you have what you need to deliver the transcript to your client. It will also help you set up your own systems and processes as your business grows.

Ask questions.

Based on our Facebook survey, one of the best things you can do as new court reporters is ask questions. Whether you’re asking other reporters or your Orlando court reporting agency, there are people ready to answer your questions like:

  • How do you manage your time?
  • What should I bring to a deposition?
  • Who has been called to testify?
  • Who will be at the deposition?
  • Is the room big enough for everyone?
  • Do you have the case strategy and brief forms?
  • Have you received the list of counsel and who they represent?
  • When does your client need the final transcript?

By asking questions, you’re setting yourself up for success as a new court reporter. Your clients will learn your style and know they can trust you. That trust means they will likely want to work with you again which is great for you!

As you’re getting started, keep in mind that while you might feel like you’re alone working from home, there’s a community of people online in groups on social media, and here at your local court reporting agency, willing to help you every step of your career. Contact us today to learn more.