I am proud of my team. Kramm Court Reporting is about to host Summit II. Our first Summit was at the W Hotel in August 2008. We had 14 reporters there along with Chris Jordan and Clark Wilson. Clark runs our calendar and Chris, as you might know by now, runs video and technology. Clark was in charge of coordinating all of the details for The Summit. He did a marvelous job. The food was amazing. Clark knows how to throw a party.
We introduced the exciting new innovative technology that Kramm Court Reporting is doing for our clients. The reporters were incredibly wonderful in embracing everything we were showing off.
I believe the best part of Summit I is the fact that reporters did some of the presenting. Lynn Penfield went through and showed everyone all of her “gadgets” and magic ways of being organized. Lynn is a Virgo through and through. She shared everything from a laundry bag that folds up and can hold exhibits to how to have her depo assignments go straight to Outlook and how she could send Clark her days off electronically.
Then Jane Bramblett talked about Sugarsync. It is a sweet way to send massive files (wav files) that costs 0.0.
Linda Pool and Nichole Miller shared their experiences with wireless realtime.
On January 24, 2009, we will hold Summit II. We have a full house.
I know from experience many firms have reporters that would rather not help their fellow reporters be better than themselves. It is human nature in the freelance world to take care of yourself and be jealous of people who might get a job that you want. We all suffer from the same crippling disease of jealousy sometime or other.
About 16 years ago I was in Puerto Vallarta to take a deposition. I was sitting by the pool with my wise friend, Patty O’Neil, who had come along to keep me company. The depo was only about two hours long, so there was time for fun. Patty is super wise. She gave me some wonderful advice. She said, “Rosalie, why don’t you just be the sun that shines light on the people around you and let them be stars?” Her words totally resonated with me. I knew that by holding back what I know to “be better than everyone else” was wrong and actually went against my nature. It takes practice and consciousness to break the bad habits of jealousy, but the payoff is marvelous.
What is happening is the individual reporters get to be the sun and shine on each other during our Summit. Our team is stronger than ever. The feedback from the reporters is positive. Everyone is becoming empowered. Everyone gets to be a star. The energy is addictive.
I would wish for all my profession that we can alternate being the sun and the stars. I love court reporting. I would love it if our profession could shine on the world of litigation and make this a better place.