Learning to use the Stenograph Machines for Court Reporters

“The Other Side”

Blogging with an A-Z Intro to Stenography Machine Shorthand Program Student

Hello, interested reader. How are you today? I would hope the answer to that is, BLESSED. I’m doing pretty well myself.

Now, this is the third installment of the blog “The Other Side.” So as I’m getting my creative juices prepared, I realized I have not properly introduced myself. Well, first things first. My name is Demetrius. I am 24, born and raised here in Memphis, Tennessee. I am the oldest of all of my brothers and the lone sister. My first true love is song writing, which ironically, is what brought me to this class in the first place. I actually thought I was walking into a creative writing class. You can only imagine how surprised I was when I was told I would be learning how to write steno, not even English. I have to admit, it is certainly creative writing.

Okay. Enough about me, because as an old wise man would say, it is not always about you, young man. Week three of the stenography class was less challenging, simply because I took the suggestions given to me by my teachers and that was… you guessed it, Practice! Practice! Practice! Ms. Debi was kind enough to actually teach the whole class this time, which was very beneficial.

With that being said, we had another special guest reporter, who has been around court reporting longer than I have been on this Earth. Her name is Sheryl Weatherford. She has been doing this gig for thirty plus years, which is an incredible feat. She started in 1983 and has seen the changes from using carbon copy paper to using the Xerox machine. Talk about growth and change.

A quick fun fact, and a story that I found interesting is she is the woman who found the wonderful Ms. Debi and brought her along to the outstanding company ALPHA REPORTING.

While I like learning the new strokes and tricks of the trade of court reporting, it has been really cool to hear from other experienced court reporters reporters, as they all seem to have a different spin and various different reasons they seem to love this profession. Two things that caught this young man’s attention when Ms. Sheryl was filling us in on her experiences is:

1) You could work in your pajamas.

2) You can make from anywhere between 30,000 to over 100,000 dollars a year. LUCRATIVE!!!!!!

From there, we tackled new lessons and in that we started adding more letters to our arsenal such as the initial F, initial G and the letter H. Also the number 6. Now I see why practice is a constant concept they preach to us because the amount of dexterity it takes to move only the fingers is incredibly challenging. All in all, Ms. Debi mixed up the lesson so that we could not rely on knowing what is coming next so it would be like we are actually only writing what she says. Which was a challenge in itself. So week three was made less difficult, ladies and gentlemen, because this young man set aside time to practice.

With that being said, God bless.

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