June 14, 2018
To be a successful court reporter, you can learn from the experience of others who are already doing well in this field. As you move forward, you will continue to learn new tips and tricks that will help you make a name for yourself.
The following key points will help you get on track and stay on course as you try to build your court reporting career:
You will need the right equipment for your job. Look for a good professional court reporter writer. A student model won’t give you the features you will need to keep up with real-life court scenarios. You will also need court-rated software and a good notebook computer. A lightweight carrying case or one that has wheels is a good way to go. In the beginning, make a checklist of all of the equipment you will need for each job and check things off as you go.
Get as much practice dictation material as possible. It will increase your proficiency and challenge you to improve on many levels. Purchase a portable Wi-fi system that you can take with you to all of your jobs. Make notes before you head out to each job. Include as much information as you can, so you know exactly what is going on when you get there.
Always dress your best. You can’t be successful if you look like you’re struggling to stay afloat. Look successful. Act successful. Be successful. Even if you’re just starting out and don’t have the money to buy an expensive wardrobe, you can find beautiful clothing for a reasonable price online and in many local department stores.
Don’t stop challenging yourself. Even if you already have your RPR, it’s essential to keep proving yourself. Practice using your favorite television show or an audiobook. Take the time to try something new. Keep pushing yourself to achieve new goals.
To be a successful court reporter, you always have to strive to be the very best you can be. Even if you are considered one of the best in the business, the only way to maintain that reputation is to continue to hone your skills.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.