While attention to detail and accuracy are keys to being a great court reporter, they aren?t the only characteristics that set this profession apart from the rest. Here are qualities we think make a great court reporter.
- Passion for learning. Whether you?re expanding your vocabulary or studying industry trends, court reporters are constantly learning. It makes you more marketable if you can illustrate your willingness to utilize new technology like real-time reporting. That translates to financial incentive for you.
- Focus. If you can concentrate on one subject or person for long period of time, this is a good profession for you. Court reporting requires listening to and recording testimony for hours, sometimes over a period of days. For some people this type of work is exhausting but for you it?s your passion.
- Organized. Whether you?re in a courtroom, boardroom, or working from home, you need to be organized so you know when to be at a deposition or appointment, even if it?s virtually. This is especially true if you?re covering more than one case. We recommend an online calendar and an app on your phone so you know where you need to be at all times. If you work from home, the calendar can also serve as work and non-work blocks of time so you know when to schedule time with family and friends. ?
- Punctual. A colleague once told me that being early was actually on time and being on time was late. While I am not always perfect, I try my best to be on time. As a court reporter, you cannot be late to depositions. If you?re working virtually, build in time to check technology so you can troubleshoot early and start on time. Witnesses and attorneys are counting on you.
- Confidentiality. You will likely hear information that is not meant for public consumption and should be kept private. Not only should you act maturely when you hear the testimony, no matter how juvenile it might be, you should also keep it confidential. You?re just there to record what it said, not comment on it.
As a court reporter, it?s your job to be focused and maintain a level of confidentiality that is professional. Continue this as you review and proofread the transcription. Your accuracy could be the difference in the case.
Are you thinking of becoming a court reporter or need to hire a court reporter for an upcoming case? Contact us today!