5 tips to be a good court reporting advocate

NCRA is committed to serving you. Our primary objective is to protect the court reporting profession. Ultimately, however, protecting your livelihood depends on each one of you individually. You are the real troops, and it is your efforts that are the key to our success. Here are some suggestions to get you started on being an advocate for the court reporting profession:

  1. Know your legislators: USA.Gov will help you locate your federal legislators. Look up your state legislators. All members have valuable information on their web pages, including biographical information, voting history, how they voted on previous legislation, and committee assignments.
  2. Build a relationship: Use your elected officials’ websites and social media presence to see where they may be speaking while back in your state or district. Look for opportunities to interact in person with your elected officials beyond visiting their offices.
  3. Follow up: Follow through makes all the difference! Look for opportunities for further interaction.
  4. Include your colleagues: Remember that there is power in numbers! Ask your colleagues and fellow state association members to join you as an advocate. Building a coalition is one of the best ways to influence policy.
  5. Get support: As a member of NCRA, our Government Relations Department is ready to support you as you prepare for engagements with stakeholders by answering questions and offering feedback and resources. Let us know how we can help, and come to the NCRA Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp to build your advocacy skills.