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When was the last time you thanked your court reporter? If you?re like a lot of people, the holidays are a time to sit back and appreciate all that you have – family, friends, colleagues, and your legal team. When people feel appreciated, they often do more than is expected of them. That can make your life a lot easier! Start today by thanking?someone in one of these ways.

Send a Thank You Note

No one gets handwritten mail anymore. It?s just bills and junk mail. Every once in a while we get a handwritten note and it truly makes us feel special. My husband and I have made a commitment to send more thank you notes this month and into the New Year to express our gratitude to personal and business connections. We couldn?t do what we do without their support, same for you and your court reporter.

Token of Appreciation

Just this week I received a card and gift card from a client thanking me for not only being there for them professionally but as their friend. That gesture truly warmed my heart and reminded me that it?s the little things that people remember. It?s how we make them feel appreciated that builds relationships.

Make sure your court reporter knows they?re appreciated this holiday season and year round by sending a token of appreciation like a gift card for coffee.

Tell Her (or him) About It

Somewhere in the midst of texting and social media we?ve lost the ability to talk to each other. I remember when I started working my boss would come out of his office to tell me he appreciated my work or the boss walked the floor of my retail job to hand out bonuses.

The next time your court reporter goes above and beyond for you, pick up the phone or take them to lunch to thank them for their dedication.

No matter how busy life gets, remember to thank the people who matter whether that?s a friend, spouse, or your favorite chocolate-loving court reporter.

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There is an assumption that because court reporters handle confidential information that we don?t have a place online. In addition to our own experiences, there are organizations and groups where you can learn more about court reporting. While we need to exhibit professionalism when talking about cases and clients, we can also add value for others in the industry.

National Court Reporters Association is a valuable resource whether you?re new or considering court reporting as a career or are an experienced reporter. Visit the NCRA website for links to their social media including three LinkedIn groups they manage – one for networking with others in the field, another for NCRA members only, and a third for Certified Legal Video Specialists (CVLS). Those aren?t the only groups available.

LinkedIn Groups

Target the people you?re spending time with online by interacting in court reporter specific groups like those found on LinkedIn. Search ?court reporting? for a variety of resources including connecting with reporters based on geography or area of expertise. Whether you?re a reporter or an attorney, you can learn what?s going on in the industry and comment based on your experience.

Be the Resource

As a seasoned reporter you have unique experience to share with those just entering the profession.

  • What are the benefits of being a court reporter?
  • How can social media benefit you as an Arizona court reporter?
  • What are you tips for new reporters?
  • What do you wish you had learned when you started this career?

There?s great value in being the experienced person acting as a resource for the newer generation. And it truly matters in court reporting especially with the looming shortage.

If you’re on Twitter, check out #courtreporters for industry news.

Court Reporter Shortage

By 2018 there will be shortage of 5,000 or more court reporters across the country, including an estimated shortage of 120 in Arizona alone. The more we can share our experiences including the benefits of court reporting, the better for the industry. We?ve got to fill the seats in court reporting schools or it could spell trouble for courts, including rural courts in Arizona that are already feeling the pains of the shortage.

We encourage you to connect with Herder & Associates on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, utilize LinkedIn groups, and continue to be the voice for the industry.

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