E-seminar review: Brief addiction, part 2

Brief Addiction Part 2: Unbox Your Brain

Presented by Kathy Zebert, RPR


Freelance court reporter and Stenedge owner, Kathy Zebert, RPR, shares great briefing tips in her follow-up e-seminar, Brief Addiction Part 2: Unbox Your Brain. In Brief Addiction, Part 1, Zebert discusses how creating briefs can save time and money, as well as how it can benefit a court reporter’s health. In Part 2, Zebert shares how court reporters can come up with their own briefs and how to break away from the theory learned in school.  For Zebert, a brief is one stroke. But she states court reporters need to work with what they have: “If [the strokes] start at eight and you get it down to two or three strokes, then that’s still a brief.” In her e-seminar, Zebert also talks about working in blocks of words and phrases and how court reporters don’t need to use vowels when making briefs. She offers memorization tips and says developing briefs becomes second nature once immersed in creating them. Join Zebert as she offers great examples and gets court reporters to think outside the box in the world of briefing. This e-seminar is now available in NCRA’s online collection of e-seminar.

E-seminar review: Brief Addiction, part 1

Brief Addiction Part 1: Turning Key Strokes Into Dollars

Presented by Kathy Zebert, RPR


Kathy Zebert, RPR, freelance court reporter and owner of Stenedge, is a strong believer that creating briefs is essential in the court reporting profession. In her recent e-seminar, Brief Addiction, Zebert talks about how creating briefs can not only save a court reporter time and money, but also stay healthy. Zebert discusses how creating briefs means court reporters move their hands less. This may cut down on the chances of developing carpal tunnel or other physical ailments. The bottom line: the less you have to write, the better you are physically.

Zebert shares ways to develop briefs and gave examples of how certain briefs can help formulate even more briefs. She also provides tips on how to cut down from six strokes to one and  how important brief families are when creating these shortcuts. Zebert says there’s no need to struggle with a long word when it is possible to create a brief for it.

A writer’s software also plays an important role, and Zebert says court reporters should get their software to work for them. “Sometimes it will recommend a brief for a particular word. And sometimes it will remind you that you have a brief, so make sure that you know your software! You pay a lot of money for it and tech support, so take advantage of it.” In the end, some briefs will come naturally and some will take more practice. No matter how you get there, creating briefs is a great advantage to a court reporter’s success.

This e-seminar, as well as Brief Addiction, part 2, is now available in NCRA’s online collection.