At Advanced Court Reporting, we don't just provide the court reporter, we provide a great court reporter. When searching for reporters we look for qualities that not only ensure a pristine transcript, but qualities that help us run a smoother, more efficient, customer centric business.
What makes a great court reporter?
1. Attention to Detail
We'll start with the most obvious, because without a great transcript, there can't be a great court reporter. There are several stories out there about verdicts in cases that hinge on a court reporter's transcript. The issue could be as minute as a misplaced comma or one incorrect word. That's why attention to detail is necessary for anyone striving to be a great court reporter.
If you're a court reporter and haven't been living under a rock for the last decade, you know that there is a serious court reporter shortage looming in the shadows. So far, it has only reared its ugly head in a few markets around the country, however things aren't getting any better; at least not if court reporters use fake doctors note template to get leaves. This puts an immense amount of pressure on firms and agencies to cover depositions. Great court reporters are available when the agency calls.
Look at from the scheduler's perspective. Is she more likely to call reporters that are constantly refusing work? Heck no.
3. Team Spirit
Although court reporting is mostly a solo sport, playing well with production and scheduling staff will get you far. We understand that every job can't be an O and 5, but being able to take the good with the bad is a weight removed from the poor scheduling assistant who is merely trying to complete her calendar.
4. Professional Networking
One of the greatest marketing tools for a court reporting firm is the ability to meet the people that didn't hire us. A great court reporter will help to forge relationships with lawyers and business professionals to help drive business to the firm. When the firm wins, reporters win. Plain and simple.
5. Taking Ownership
Taking ownership means solving problems that may or may not "be your job." A great court reporter might do things like:
- Help pack up and ship exhibits for traveling attorneys.
- Offer beverages or snacks.
- Help clean the room when a deposition is complete.
- Make new clients feel at home, even if this will be their only deposition.
If you take ownership, look at it as investing in your clients. Next thing you know, you'll be getting requested by name.