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Here begins my attempt to document my journey of exploring a career in stenography. During transcript proofreading training in 2017, I became keenly interested in what might be going on in depositions and court beyond what the written transcript could show me. I knew I wanted to hear what was said off the record, and I wanted to hear what people sounded like!
My interest grew even more as I began working as a proofreader and would receive notes from my clients about how the witness had a difficult accent or how the lawyer was a really fast talker. I really wanted in on that! I consider myself an inquisitive person. This curiosity sometimes borders on nosiness, to be honest, but all character qualities do seem to have both a positive and a negative expression.
After I began working as a full-time transcript proofreader, the next logical step for me became pursuing scoping training because I was so interested in all aspects of transcript production. I saw that scoping could include learning to read machine stenography (secret code: cool!), listening to everything that happened in the room (court or deposition), and also mastering powerful software. I adore smart technology and learning, so this training was a great fit.
As I gained more experience with scoping, I had exposure to a plethora of proceedings: civil trials, criminal trials, depositions, public hearings, chambers hearings, arbitrations, and other legal miscellany. I loved hearing the audio. I think accents are interesting, while many people are bothered by them. I also love dialects and the fun little oddities that come up in conversation.
At least one time since completing scoping training in late summer/Fall 2018, I also looked into training as a court reporter. There were a few things that put me off:
So what’s different now?
Stay tuned as I write about my experiences testing the waters with a free introductory class.
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