NCRA’s social media channels are a great way to stay on top of Association and industry news, but the social media team also tries to share interesting and entertaining posts from around the internet that will help reporters, captioners, and videographers do their jobs better, provide interesting information, or are just plain fun. ICYMI (in case you missed it), below are a few highlights of popular posts on NCRA social media over the past month.
Even if you’re not in the courtroom or depositions, every reporter and captioner has a story of trying to figure out what the heck a speaker was trying to say. The ABA Journal, for the American Bar Association, fortunately, has recognized that some words are tough to pronounce and shared this quiz. Bryan A. Garner is the editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary (so he knows a thing or two about pronunciation) and the author of The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation.
— NCRA Official Page (@NCRA) August 31, 2017
Lots of court reporters are notaries, sometimes because their state requires them to be. Lots of court reporters need to swear in someone. Enter this article by the National Notary Association. It describes ways to respect individual beliefs and choices, take the procedure seriously, and use appropriate ceremonial gestures while taking an oath or affirmation.
More than two-thirds of the members who answered the JCR Weekly poll “How far would you travel for a job?” said they’d at least stay somewhere overnight. But traveling, even for business, can make it tough to keep up with work. This article by Inc., written by Delta Air Lines, offered some tips on how to turn all that downtime at the airport into productive time.
“Online schooling can feel very lonely and isolated. To solve that issue, I forced myself to reach out and find my community,” says Sarah Gadd, a reporter pro tempore with the Superior Court of California in San Bernardino County. “I really am glad there are platforms like Facebook that connect me to groups of reporters who have so much to offer. I’m grateful for those days when I have a question or need a brief and all I have to do is log on, and I get an answer within minutes.” #stenolife #student #onlinelearning #networking #socialmedia #courtreporting #newprofessional
Instagram is NCRA’s newest endeavor on social media, and we’re still learning what our members want to see most. (Got some suggestions? Let us know!) But members loved this mini profile of Sarah Gadd. Maybe it’s because she looks ready to take on the (steno) world! Followers had plenty of encouragement for Sarah, such as Instagrammer new professional spotlight on TheJCR.com.
— NCRA Official Page (@NCRA) September 6, 2017
Sometime social media itself provides a little inspiration, such as the trending hashtag #ReadABookDay. This post was popular on multiple NCRA channels (I spy one of the Bryan Garner books mentioned earlier in this article!), and members shared a few of the books they’re currently reading, including:
- Our Iceburg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter (shared by @tjkaiser23 on Twitter)
- Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng (shared by Judy Walsh on Facebook)
- Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells (shared by Ruth Haskins on Facebook)
- A Time to Kill by John Grisham (shared by Deborah Forbeck on LinkedIn)
Social media is at its best when it gives people an opportunity to connect and share. Micheal Johnson, RDR, CRR, posted about a compliment he’d received on the job, Doris O. Wong Associates, Inc., shared it to their Facebook timeline, and we found it and shared it with ours, asking members to “‘Like’ if you’ve gotten a compliment for the service you provide” … and dozens of you did!