Where Court Reporting Can Take You – International Court Reporter

Being a court reporter has given me the opportunity to experience international travel, and today I find myself in Chiang Mai, a beautiful place at the base of the northern mountains of Thailand in a kingdom formerly known as Lanna, “A Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields.” Lan = Million and Na = Rice Fields.

I am not in Thailand to report a deposition, but to explore, relax, and spend time with my husband and dear friend Christine Randall of Wood & Randall who is becoming a president of her Bakersfield Rotary Club.  Rotary International is holding its annual convention in Bangkok this week.

So you may ask, what does court reporting have to do with me being in Chiang Mai today?

My first trip to Chiang Mai was in 1987.  I was 27 years old and had never been on a plane, never checked into a hotel, and had never been in a taxi.  But I was a court reporter.  One of my clients called one day and asked, “Would you do a deposition in Singapore?”  Without hesitation I answered, “Yes.”

Everything about the trip was very scary to me.  I didn’t know how airports worked, and I ended up misplacing all of my tickets for all of my connecting flights, everything, in the first hour of my trip.  (I think I left the tickets on the airplane in the commuter flight between San Diego and Los Angeles.)  The ticket agent in Los Angeles was not happy and would not guarantee me my seat on any of the flights through to the end.

The most relaxed I was on the whole trip is when I was actually reporting the deposition.  I love writing on my steno machine, and I know I excel as a court reporter no matter where in the world I might find myself.

My travel agent suggested I stop over in Bangkok and Hong Kong as long as I was in Southeast Asia.  Not wanting fear to stop me from ever doing anything, I took her advice and experienced the trip of a lifetime.  And on the advice of a woman in Bangkok, I flew to Chiang Mai for a two-day excursion where I found an exotic world of elephants, wats, and the most kind people I have ever met.

I believe if I had not become a court reporter and was invited to Singapore so many years ago to report a deposition, I would not be in Chiang Mai today.  My family did not travel.  Being a court reporter has allowed me to face many fears – fear of writing realtime and letting others see I am not perfect, fear of writing testimony about cutting-edge science with witnesses who have difficult accents, fear of finding the correct comports on clients’ computers and getting them hooked up, and the fear of traveling to foreign places.

One thing I know for sure, not letting fear stop me has made my life as a court reporter incredibly rich.  My wish for my fellow court reporters is not to let fear get in the way of greatness.

 

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6 replies
  1. Hannah says:

    Can I ask how long you’ve been a court reporter for? I will be starting my second year this fall but I am only at 80 WAM and feel like I will never reach 225:-/ You seem to love the career though. I hope I will too, some day.

  2. Rosalie Kramm says:

    Hannah,

    I have been a court reporter since 1981, a long, long time. Court reporting is a fabulous profession. School is the most difficult part. You need to make up your mind you will be getting out and work hard towards that goal. Learn briefs at 80 wpm and they will propell you forward.

  3. Hannah says:

    Thank you for replying so quickly. I’m not sure how I found your blog-I think I might have come across it searching for court reporting information on google. Anyways, that is great you have been in this profession for that long. School is very hard for me, I finished my first year this past May and will be starting my second year this fall. I have a summer course that start Tuesday and by the end of the summer I need to be at 100 WAM. I know it was a long time ago for you, but in school how often a day did you practice? I practice about an hour a day. Sometimes I get a little annoyed with the machine-but I guess that comes with practicing. I hope I can finish my goal of 225. I’ve gotten this far and don’t want to quit. My fingers and wrists hurt at times..between the computer, texting, and steno I feel like I’m getting carpal tunnel. I’m just trying to stay positive and remember the light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. Rosalie Kramm says:

    Hannah – When I went to court reporting school it was year round, and I was also working in the afternoons at a title company typing up title policies. Then I would go home and practice for two hours. You have to “become one with the machine,” which means you don’t have to think about what you are writing. Your brain just takes over and tells your fingers what to do. I believe texting would cause too much stress on your fingers while you are in school. School is hard, but being a court reporter is worth all of the hard work.

  5. Hannah says:

    That is great. I hope my hard work pays off soon. Is it worth the money, if you don’t mine me asking ?:)

  6. Rosalie Kramm says:

    Hannah, It is worth the money if you are really great. If you are a mediocre reporter and settle to be “okay” the money is “okay,” not great.

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