Did you know you can print your NCRA membership card?

NCRA is no longer sending membership card via snail mail. Instead, members can now access and print their own membership cards by logging onto the NCRA portal. For best results, NCRA recommends accessing the portal through the Chrome web platform. To access and print your NCRA membership card, follow the instructions below:

Just log in to your NCRA profile and, under the “My NCRA” dropdown, click on “My Membership Card.” It will show you your membership card.

Once your membership card is displayed, click on the “print” icon to make as many copies as you would like. This is available to you at any time.

For information, contact membership@ncra.org.

NCRA 2020 Business Summit regular rates end Jan. 31

If you haven’t registered yet, hurry and do it now! Don’t miss the chance to join other attendees at the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when they kick off the event with a friendly round of Lost Pines Olympics. The 2020 event is taking place Feb. 9-11 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Regular registration rates end Jan. 31.

The Lost Pines Olympics is a team-building challenge that pits two teams against one another in a friendly go at a relay-type race that features seven stations with various tasks. Stations include:

  • Dizzy bat
  • Soccer dribble
  • Corn hole toss
  • Archery target
  • Giant cup stacking
  • Inflatable horse relay
  • Teambuilding skis

Be a part of the fun and camaraderie this activity will generate and take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities that the Business Summit will offer. And don’t forget the amazing speakers scheduled this year who will share insights about the latest in using social media to build your business, the best financial planning tips, a first-hand look at the NCRA 2019 Firm Owners Benchmark Survey, and more.

This year’s Business Summit line-up of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence. Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented byChris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

Keynote speaker is the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, who will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world.

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, who will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

In addition, attendees will enjoy many opportunities throughout the three-day event to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking, and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

2020 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week continues to raise awareness about career opportunities

Local FOX affiliate TV channel 40 in New York posted a press release announcing 2020 Court Reporting & Captioning Week that was issued by NCRA on Jan. 21. The press release was distributed nationwide via business wire.

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Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters opens new office

In a press release issued Jan. 20  Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters announced the opening of a new office in New York City.

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Which job is right for me?

Teresa Russ, CRI

By Teresa Russ, CRI

The wonderful world of court reporting. Way back when, these options to work were not available: freelance as a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captioner, deposition reporter, or broadcast captioner. When I started court reporting school in the early 1980s, I only knew about working in court or taking depositions. The latter we most often call “depos,” which most of us students saw as a glamorous career. “Yes! That’s the one I want,” I thought as a 20-something-year-old. However, court is very lucrative as well as depos. So, what will it be?

Court:  Play a major role in the court proceedings; have a set salary along with getting paid for your transcripts; learn more about our judicial system

Depos:  Make your own schedule; work as much as you like; travel to different cities or countries; learn more about our judicial system

CART captioning:  Work in the classroom setting and learn as a college student and not have to take the tests; give back and help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; make your own schedule

Broadcast captioning: Have the same benefits as CART and your work appears on TV; if you enjoy sports, you get to watch the games and get paid and you get to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community

Because I love students and teachers, CART became my first love. I captioned biology, automotive, photography, algebra, and many more classes. Many of my colleagues caption for concerts, even funerals and churches. Many CART captioners migrate to broadcast captioning and many do both. What’s even more exciting is that your skill affords you to do all four of the above options.

I started reminiscing about the judicial field while I was working as a CART captioner. I was chatting with a good friend, Katy Jackson, and she said, “Oh, you want to try depos?” She made some phone calls and just like that I started getting job offers from different deposition agencies. Now, how awesome is that?

While you are a student with several choices to choose from, talk to reporters who have worked in different fields of court reporting. Many reporters will be more than happy to discuss their experiences. If you have been in school for a long time or maybe you are graduating soon, take advantage of the opportunities and sit with a professional and weigh your options. Which one fits your personality the most?

CART captioning seemed to fit my personality the most, but now that I have been doing depositions, I see that being part of the judicial system has its rewards as well, as I love meeting the attorneys and just feeling a part of something that will make a difference in someone’s life in helping bring the truth out from using my awesome skill.

Teresa Russ, CRI, lives in Bellflower, Calif., and works as a CART provider at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. She also does freelance depositions with Atkinson-Baker and several other agencies.

Firm Owners Economic Outlook findings showcased at Business Summit

Attendees at NCRA’s 2020 Business Summit being held Feb. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, will hear firsthand the findings of the 2019 Firm Owners Economic Trends and Outlook as presented by NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLE, in a special session. NCRA’s ninth annual Firm Owners Economic Outlook paints a picture of the stenographic industry, as well as provides some comparisons to previous years.

Although space is filling up, it’s not too late to register for the event and take advantage of the special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy of $209 per night for attendees plus tax ($237.73), which ends Jan. 24. Book now and you can also enjoy additional savings when the resort fee of $35 is reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in.

Attendees of the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will not only receive a copy of the report but will also get an inside look into the insights shared by more than 200 firm owners from across the nation. The findings include the state of the industry in terms of growth in business, revenue, staffing, and more. In addition, the findings shed light on what today’s firm owners expect the future of the industry to hold, new business opportunities being sought, and thoughts on the pros and cons of outsourcing.

Also on this year’s schedule is an array of topic savvy experts who will address the latest in business trends proven to help increase business for firms of all sizes. Learn more about the exciting and informative line-up of  presenters who include:

  • Chris Williams,co-founder of Wide Awake Business;
  • Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals
  • Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year

Also on the schedule is Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, who will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world, and Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, who will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

Opportunities throughout the three-day event provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking. and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when it kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

How court reporters and their team can work better together

JD Supra posted a blog on Jan. 15 that offers some thoughts on strategies that can help lessen stress from feeling overwhelmed by a heavy workload.

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Litigation Services announces the acquisition of Verbatim Reporting Service

Litigation Services, based in Las Vegas, Nev., announced in a press release issued Jan. 14 that the firm has purchased Verbatim Reporting Service based in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Deadline Jan. 17 for special room rate for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit

Space is filling up and the special room block rate deadline is looming for accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, site of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit. The deadline to take advantage of the special hotel room rate for single/double occupancy of $209 per night for attendees plus tax ($237.73) ends Jan. 17, and rooms are filling fast. There will be no extensions to hold these special prices; so don’t delay. Book now and you can also enjoy additional savings when the resort fee of $35 is reimbursed by the hotel upon check-in.

In addition to hearing from topic savvy experts on the latest in business trends proven to help increase business for firms of all sizes, attendees at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit will also receive a copy of the coveted 2019 Firm Owners Benchmark Survey. On hand to discuss the findings of this latest survey, supported by some 250 respondents, will be NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLE.

Wenhold will share his insights into what the 2019 survey says about the business of court reporting and captioning, where markets are expected to go, and how they are changing to fit the times. The session is sure to spark insightful discussion about the trends firm owners can anticipate for the future.

This year’s Business Summit lineup of exciting and informative presenters will send attendees home armed with the latest and most innovative strategies for business success in 2020 and beyond, while networking opportunities will help firm owners expand their professional spheres of influence. Highlights include:

A two-part session that will be presented by Chris Williams, co-founder of Wide Awake Business. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 business owners have relied on her sales and marketing expertise to boost their sales by more than $538 million. Below is a description of what her presentations will cover.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 1

Imagine this. Your business bursts with all the customers you want. They come more easily than in the past. You love working with them, and they love working with you. They pay … and on time! Your business isn’t overwhelming you or stressing you out. At least not most of the time. If this sounds too good to be true – it isn’t. In this workshop, Chris Williams will share the specific steps that have led more than 5,000 of her clients to generate more than $628 million in new revenue. Your business can be easier, simpler, and more profitable with the strategies you can start implementing before you leave the Business Summit.

Five steps to an easier, simpler, more profitable business – Part 2

In this session, Chris will provide templates and tools that you can use to set yourself apart from the competition so that you’re the first call people make when they’re looking for reporting services. You’ll also walk away with a simple, low-cost system for generating a steady stream of referrals for your business so the pipeline is never empty. Learn five ways to “overcome the overwhelm” and make your business easier, simpler, and more profitable. Williams will provide the roadmap to make sure that 2020 is your most successful year ever.

Click here to hear from Williams herself about what she has to share.

Other speakers include:

Keynote speaker, the energetic Karim R. Ellis, founder of Empowered Education, a company devoted to developing both organizations and individuals. Ellis is a dynamic motivational speaker with 10 years of experience in the arena of speaking, training, and coaching, He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions, and his sole desire is to unlock an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. Ellis will share with attendees his insights into successful leadership creation and development.

Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor concert venue that presents more than 50 free concerts a year, has planned a fun and enlightening look at how social media can be changed from chore to tool in a firm’s business plan for success. O’Neal holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also serves as an adjunct professor in the Communications Department teaching media writing, public relations management, and public relations case studies. She will share with attendees successful social media strategies to help build business.

According to O’Neal, social media can help you gain visibility, reputation, and clients. She will cover the who, what, when, where, and why of social media from the vantage point of a seasoned communications pro who just finished her year with a 3.2 million Facebook reach! O’Neal will help attendees learn how to weed out the stuff they don’t need, focus on the stuff they do need, analyze real-world examples, and help them walk away from the session with action items they can put in practice immediately to start building the social media presence they want. To learn more about what O’Neal has to share, watch her video here.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and current advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC, will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world;

Chris Moyseos, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, will lead a session on financial planning and managing personal wealth.

Opportunities throughout the three-day event to provide attendees with the chance to expand their networks, engage with old friends, and build relationships with new ones.

Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay. The recreational amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two tennis courts; an 18-hole golf course; hiking, biking and jogging paths; horseback riding; a video arcade; a water park; a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots; and more.

Be a part of the NCRA 2020 Business Summit when it kicks off with a fun and exciting team-building activity followed by an opening reception.

  • Regular Registration ends Jan. 31, 2020
    Member: $1,075; Nonmember: $1,250; Additional Firm Employee: $950; Spouse/Guest: $250
  • Last-Minute Registration: Feb. 1–9, 2020
    Member: $1,125; Nonmember: $1,300; Additional Firm Employee: $1,000; Spouse/Guest: $300

For more information and to register for the 2020 NCRA Business Summit, visit NCRA.org/BusinessSummit.

NCRA member’s legal tech startup earns Fountain Innovation Fund’s second investment

Startland News posted an article on Jan. 8 about NCRA member Lauren Lawrence, RPR, Kansas City, Mo., founder of Stenovate, being selected as the second startup to earn support from the Fountain Innovation Fund.

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