Super 30 Hour Seminar Package #2- 30 hours (3.0 CEUs)


Ethics, Shortcuts, Proofing & Humor Session 1 Title: Ethics –“Get A Clue” Ethics for Court Reporters: 2.5 hours Presenter: Pam Coder, CSR COURSE OBJECTIVE: Discussion amongst attendees on what’s happening in...


Ethics, Shortcuts, Proofing & Humor

Session 1

Title: Ethics –“Get A Clue”

Ethics for Court Reporters: 2.5 hours

Presenter: Pam Coder, CSR


Discussion amongst attendees on what’s happening in the world of reporting. What issues are happening in their area, how are they handling the issues? What can we do as reporters to improve communications between reporters and their firms, clients, attorneys, judges, etc.

Open discussion about all things reporting.

Special format: Game: Clue for today’s reporter

Specific workshop topics:

  • Group discussion on handling ethical dilemmas that happen to us on a daily basis to protect your license and your integrity
  • HIPAA, the reporter, and the reporter’s “workforce”
  • Learn new ways to handle situations effectively from your peers
  • Clues for today’s reporter is a game of whodunit by competing with your peers in answering ethical dilemmas in a timely manner for points to figure out who best knows the rules. This is a networking exercise as well as an ethics first exercise. Let’s see who wins all the clues to figure out “whodunit”

Session 2

Title: “Peak Performance & Writing Shortcuts & Super Briefs”

How To Do Your Best Under Pressure And Tips On Writing Shortcuts and Super Briefs: 4 hours

Presenter: Anita Paul Johnston, CSR-CCR-CRR-CRI-CPE-CCP-CBC-CSP


To teach you how to master your energy, emotions, and thoughts during high-pressure situations, such as a contentious hearing or trial, certification testing, applying for a position with an agency or court, an uncomfortable confrontation or challenge with an attorney or judge, agency owner, etc.

Specific Seminar topics:

  • Identifying the power of energy and emotions, including
  • High positive energy
  • Low positive energy
  • Low negative energy
  • High negative energy
  • The importance of diet, nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Affirmations
  • Visualizations
  • Creative thought control

Learning Outcomes:

You will learn proven successful techniques applied by Olympic champions, CEOs, and other highly successful people in stress situations. These techniques will follow in all aspects of their life by creating excellent peak performance when it counts.

Session 3 

For the second part, Writing Shortcuts & Super Briefs

Learning Objectives:

Mastering instant recall for clarifying, conflicts, applying prefixes and suffixes for word-building, creating easy briefs on the fly, and learning techniques to master easier ways to write long words, and ideas to serve captioners and CART providers.

Specific Topics:

  • Conflict clarification
  • Writing clarification for prefixes and suffixes
  • Shortcuts for most frequently used alphabets
  • Ideas for writing numbers easier, including single strokes for years
  • Techniques to create briefs on the fly

Learning Outcomes

Court reporters will learn easy techniques to clarify conflicts, distinctive ways to write prefixes and suffixes (such as re- and -ry and final –er and –or ), strategies to create most common alphabets, numbers, and “Smart Strokes.” This leads to more confidence in doing realtime for others.

Session 4

Title: “Grammar and Proofing”

How Grammar and Punctuation Make You Better At Proofing: 2 hours

Presenter: Carrie Pique, CSR

Session 5

Title: “Stress Stoppers”

Stress Management Tips For Court Reporters: 1.5 hours

Presenter: Jeff Justice, CSP

Content Outline:

This session will facilitate group discussions on what causes the participants stress both at work and home and as a group will discover ways to deal with that stress.

I. The participants will discuss:

  • The causes of mental and physical stress brought on from Court Reporting
  • The effects of stress on their work
  • Possible solutions

II. The participants will learn how to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Break tension
  • Reframe negative situations
  • Deal with the negative side of life to which they are constantly exposed
  • Take themselves lightly and their work seriously


Shop Talk, Grammar, and Humor

Session 1

Title: “Shop Talk”

Ethics for Court Reporters: 5 hours

Presenter: Sue McDuffie, CSR

This program covers how to handle various situations that arise, such as:

  • When to go on and off the record in depositions and court proceedings
  • How to handle interrupting proceedings
  • What to do when you can’t hear or understand
  • Responding to clients’ challenges to transcripts
  • Appropriate procedures when doing research
  • Interacting with pro se parties and nonparties
  • Billing clients and collecting money owed properly
  • Punctuating difficult and poorly said sentences and passages (including an in-depth review of all punctuation marks)
  • Handling verbatim issues (stutters, use of sic, accents, and so forth)
  • Using quotation marks with quoted or possible quoted passages
  • Depicting audiotaped and videotaped materials in transcripts
  • Dealing with issues related to the use of translators
  • Using parentheticals correctly and effectively
  • Review of homonyms

Session 2

Title: “Grammar and Punctuation Made Easy for Court Reporters” 3 hours

Presenter: Carrie Pique, CSR

Carrie shows how to master grammar and punctuation for the working reporter by learning how to easily differentiate between commonly misused words; e.g. passed or past, affect or effect. She will also cover how to correctly punctuate while not over-punctuating.

After taking this course, you will glean a better understanding of how to put together a well-read, properly-punctuated transcript. You can have fun while working on a transcript without stressing out if you have the proper working tools and possess a great understanding of grammar and punctuation. Everyone needs a refresher.

Specific Topics:

  • Learn how to properly research material, such as in research books
  • Learn how to not be too dependent on Google
  • Hyphenation. Is it one word or two?
  • Commonly misused words

Session 3

Session Title: “Managing Stress for Court Reporters With Humor”

Skills for balancing your life: 2 hours

Presenter: Jeff Justice

If you have ever attended one of Jeff’s programs, then you know how much fun getting your CEUs can be. In this fun-packed court Reporter seminar, funnyman Jeff Justice shows you how to use your sense of humor to release stress, defuse anger and improve relationships.

This laugh-while-you-learn session will show you concrete ways to deal with the stress in your life.

Transcripts, Stress and Difficult People

Don’t let the name fool you.  There’s lot’s of laughs and fun in this program as well.

Session 1

Title: “Easy Solutions For Difficult People”

Skills for dealing with difficult people: 2 hours

Presenter: Anita Paul Johnston, CSR-CCR-CRR-CRI-CPE-CCP-CBC-CSP

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To teach reporters how often and what techniques to use to interrupt so that professionalism and clarity prevail.

Specific workshop topics:

• Fast talkers
• Mumblers, can’t hear
• People speaking all at once
• Difficult accents to understand                                                                                                                                                                      • Not enough breaks

Court reporters were not taught how often to interrupt, a clear and concise technique to politely yet clearly interrupt, and what is expected versus what is intolerable.

This seminar covers strategies to care for the reporter and attorneys/judges so that professionalism and clarity prevail.

Session 2

Title: “Anita’s Best Of The Best”

Anita’s best tips: 2 hours

Presenter: Anita Paul Johnston, CSR-CCR-CRR-CRI-CPE-CCP-CBC-CSP

Learning Objectives:

To make the reporters better writers by learning Anita’s most effective writing strategies to solve problems writing.

Specific Topics:

  • Conflicts
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Numbers
  • Alphabets
  • “Smart Strokes” and instant shortcutsAlso included is dictionary cleanup and maintenance. All court reporters can use time-saving writing tips to reduce editing time, even if they are not interested in Realtime. Of course, clean writing is essential for those who want to embrace Realtime, broadcast captioning, or CART. Quick easy writing tips will aid in making the court reporter’s life easier and slash editing time 50 to 75%. They will learn well organized, methodical systems to create cleaner transcripts

Session 3

Title: “Transcription Tales”

How to master grammar and punctuation: 3 hours

Presenter: Carrie Pique, CSR


• Proofreading excerpt transcripts.

• How punctuation can save lives; i.e., Let’s eat, Grandma; instead of Let’s eat grandma.

• Will cover homonyms, synonyms, antonyms,
• Will cover properly marking exhibits, certifying questions, inserting parentheticals. • Researching materials for medical and technical depositions.

After taking this course, reporters will feel more confident in transcribing their transcripts. They will have a good understanding of accurately composing a well-read transcript. The reporters will have fun while brushing up on their transcription skills.

Session 4

Title: “Stopping Stress Before It Stops You”

Using your sense of humor to manage stress in your life: 3 hours

Presenter: Jeff Justice, CSP

Content Outline:

The session will introduce the concepts of stress management using humor. It will contain the latest information available for coping with stressful situations that come up for reporters both at work and at home.

I. The participants will discover

• What causes stress for their personality type • The effects of stress on their body
• Simple, practical tools for dealing with stress

II. The participants will learn how to:

• Reduce stress
• Understand what type of people cause them stress
• How their personality type works with other personality types • Deflect and defuse anger and hostility
• Reframe negative situations
• Take themselves lightly and their work seriously
• Reduce and prevent burnout

The session is highly interactive and combines a DISC personality profile, demonstration, lecturettes, behavior modeling, audience participation, the interaction of the presenters, and interactive analysis of the processes involved.

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