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Definition of Success

My favorite inspirational message regarding the Definition of Success includes:          SUCCESS HARD WORK PERSISTENCE LATE NIGHTS REJECTIONS SACRIFICES DISCIPLINE CRITICISM DOUBTS FAILURE RISKS The background picture to these words is an iceberg, with hundreds of feet of ice below the surface and the tip of the iceberg at the top.  Success has many definitions, in […]

How Long Do We Have To Save Important Documents By Rosalie Kramm  I was reading a great article put out by Consumer Reports on March 8 about how long and why certain documents need to be kept and thought it would be beneficial to court reporters, attorneys, and really all legal professionals. It is suggested […]


SPEAK UP ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU By Sandy Bunch VanderPol Every day, day after day, when we set up our steno machine, we do what we are trained to do: report the proceedings; create a verbatim record; and provide the record to the client. We are the “Guardians of the Record”; we […]

Violence in America

With the growing number of incidents involving terroristic acts and mass murders in America, we find ourselves asking why did this happen? How did this happen? Who can we blame? How can we fix violence in America? A better question would be: What can we do to make things better? I don’t believe banning guns […]

Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

Today the phrase “sexual harassment” may have different meanings to different people. It is real and it needs to stop. Also, it can be a phrase that is misunderstood, misused and abused. In my 27-year career as a court reporter, I have been exposed to countless sexual harassment lawsuits. I have listened to countless witnesses […]

Brain Fog – Overcoming the Effects

“Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue, can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental acuity.” I didn’t know what it was, but now I know what brain fog […]

Third-Party Contracting

I am a certified court reporter and the owner and operator of Marcus Deposition Reporting, a certified court reporting firm. It is extremely important that I bring awareness to some critical differences between firms like mine, a real court reporting firm that is owned and operated by a court reporter, versus litigation support companies, which […]

Taking Control – My Job as a Court Reporter

We can only control what we can control. Today, it seems, we have been faced with more than our share of tragedies that are beyond our comprehension and control. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, terrorist attacks. We are helpless while in the throes of such events, doing whatever it takes to regain control of our lives again. […]