Super 20 Hour Seminar Package 1 - 20 Hours (2.0 CEUS) NJ


SESSION 1 Title: “Shop Talk” Ethics, grammar, and punctuation for Court Reporters: 5 hours Presenter: Sue McDuffie, CSR This program covers how to handle various situations that arise, such as: When...



Title: “Shop Talk”

Ethics, grammar, and punctuation 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

About Sue

Sue McDuffie is an official court reporter in Augusta, Georgia. She has been teaching workshops for reporters for the past ten years and in 1999 began offering a home-study course to court reporters throughout the country.
In addition to her own courses, Sue has been a guest lecturer for the Georgia Court Reporters Association and for continuing education programs in Illinois, Texas and at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
She has been a member of the Georgia testing committee for court reporters. Prior to becoming a reporter, Sue had twelve years of experience as a trainer at Duke University and the Medical College of Georgia where she taught courses in business English, patient relations, and conflict resolution. Sue graduated from Duke University.


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

About Carrie:

Carrie Pique has been a working reporter in the State of Illinois since 1999. She has worked for a large agency, smaller agency, and is currently running her small agency. She has always had a strong passion for building outstanding English skills and has done extensive research, which gives her excellent expertise in presenting this program.


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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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


Title: Constructing Ethics 

Handling situations ethically: 2 hours 

Presenter: Pam Gwin Coder

Course Objective: 

Working with reporters to identify tricky ethical situations in various settings we encounter every day in the workplace and how to effectively handle said situations immediately, effectively, professionally, humorously, and ethically for the benefit of the reporter as well as the clients.

Special format:  Group participation and discussion, individual and group.

Specific topics and design: 

Ethical situations will be given along with the role of the various people involved in those situations,  i.e., reporter, videographer, attorneys, interpreter, corporate reps, et al. We will discuss our role as reporters with each of these individuals in the freelance, official, CART, and captioning settings. Attendees will be placed in groups and given assignments for each group along with a plethora of situations that occur to reporters on a daily basis.  Each group will act out those different scenarios.  Then the group of attendees as a whole will discuss how each group handled the situations they were given and what he/she would have done differently if anything.   We will discuss HIPAA, last minute requests, realtime, rough drafts, working with interpreters/videographers, et cetera.


Pam Gwen Coder

Pam Gwin Coder is a dedicated freelance reporter in Texas, has reported since 1994.  She is a realtime writer, technology instructor, software instructor, and frequent guest speaker.  She has been mentoring students from various schools since 2003.  Pam opened her own school, “RACR,” The Realtime Academy of Court Reporting in October of 2012.  Pam is a member of TCRA as well as NCRA.  She is speaking at the NCRA convention for the first time this year.  Her first book, Transitioning from Student to Professional Court Reporter, was first published in 2009.  She is currently working on her second book, The Mystery of Beginning and Ending Pages – Solved!

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