Getting Out Of 160 Wpm Is Like Getting Out Of Del Mar During Rush Hour – Court Reporters

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Driving to the Del Mar, Carmel Valley area of San Diego for a deposition can be very stressful for a court reporter, and sometimes it seems to take forever and ever to get there. It kind of reminds me of getting out of the 140 – 160 speed in court reporting school. It seemed to take me forever and ever (six months).

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a court reporting student who has been stuck in 140 – 160 for seven months and wants to know if I have any advice. A lot of the students in her class have been stuck at that speed for over a year. She asked me if I have any tips for “cleaning up” her writing. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I went through school fast, but because of that I did not pick up very many briefs, particularly briefs for phrases. I had preponderance of evidence (POF) which I was really proud of, but that was about it. I still am trying to get down “to your knowledge” and “to the best of my knowledge.” I regret not picking up the phrases and just pounding my way out of school.

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