Project Steno Can Help Round Out Your Seminar Agenda

Our board members and advisory council are experienced seminar presenters.  Except where a named presenter is indicated, any member of our team is available to present.  Our bios and photos are available. We’ll give one or more Project Steno Seminars, plus one additional seminar of your choosing.  Fee:  Travel expenses, hotel, vendor tabletop, and packet insert if applicable.


Rebuilding Our Profession – Together  (1.0 or 1.5 hours)  In this motivational and upbeat presentation, we will discuss the need for all of us to work – together – to bring young people into court reporting and captioning.  Learn about our just-launched Basic Training program, Project Steno’s exciting awareness campaign, and our tuition assistance/student monitoring program.   Walk away with a new can-do spirit.  Yes, WE can do this!

Trends in Court Reporting (1.0 or 1.5 hours)  Maybe Scarlett O’Hara had a point when she said, “Oh, I just can’t think about that today. I’ll just go crazy if I do. I’ll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.” But don’t bet on it.  There’s always change afoot in our marketplace and we need to keep pace today!  How better to stay abreast of market trends than mingling with Project Steno’s leaders as they discuss with us the changes and trends impacting today’s court reporting professionals.  This session can be combined with Rebuilding Our Profession, but this must be given first in order.

Let’s Cover Our Bases (1.0 hours)  Learn about Project Steno’s newly developed plan for introducing stenographic theory to military spouses, family members, and service members transitioning to the civilian workplace.  Project Steno’s Cover Your BasesTM  Progam is a free introductory program designed for delivery at military bases nationwide.  (You can help!)  Learn about trends in today’s armed services, including the expanded education benefits for military spouses.


Watson Today, Quantum Computing Tomorrow.  Can Stenotype Reporting Survive the Advance in Computing?  (1.5 hours)  This session addresses the incredible advances in computing power and the threat it presents to stenotype reporters.  From the advent of the tape recorder, stenographic reporters have constantly faced threats from different advancing technologies.   IBM’s Watson is today focusing on Speech to Text.    With billions of research dollars pouring in, quantum computing is the next major advance being worked on by Microsoft, Google, IBM, and others.  In the face of these threats, will there still be a place for us?  This seminar will give you the facts you need to know on this critical question.   (Presenter:  Jim DeCrescenzo. This session must be given first in order before the Project Steno seminar.)

Goal Setting and Accountability:  Developing a Personal Strategic Plan (1.0 hours)  Businesses and individuals all make annual or “New Year” resolutions.  How did you do with last year’s goals?  Do you have great ideas to move your career or business forward but need a plan to accomplish your goals?  How will you make your ideas a reality?   Learn techniques to plan strategically for your personal future.  Don’t wait for tomorrow.  Be ready today.

Stenographer Operations at Guantanamo Bay (1.0 or 1.5 hours)   You will hear about the detailed process required to assemble and qualify the elite team of court reporters providing stenographic services at Guantanamo Bay – testing, obtaining top secret clearances, selecting technology and equipment, arranging travel and housing, and wading through seemingly endless government documentation.  The StenOps team is currently at work reporting the hearings of those accused of the terrorism of 9/11 that changed the world.  (Presenters:  Nancy Varallo, Bill Weber, or Jim DeCrescenzo)

The Business of Customer Service (1.0 hours)  When you’re down in the weeds, taking down rapid-fire Q & A, getting out transcripts, scheduling your book, it’s easy to forget we are first and foremost in the business of customer service.  This session puts into a service perspective the overlapping relationships that converge in courts, in agencies, with employees and customers.  Who’s the client in your relationship(s)?  How do you satisfy everyone’s expectations?  Gain insight into doing just that.

“I’m Glad You Asked!” (1.0 hours)   What did you say the last time you were asked, “Why don’t they just use tape recorders?” or “Won’t you be replaced soon?”  Don’t you love those questions?  Inquiring minds will want to know, so this timely seminar will help you craft the perfect rejoinder.  Project Steno leaders will join your state leaders, forming an experienced panel that’s had to deal with these questions – and other thorny ones as well.   We’ll bring the questions we’ve heard, you bring yours, and together we’ll fashion some spot-on answers.  We’ll keep it light, we’ll keep it witty (we hope).  Next time you’re asked, you’ll be able to smile and confidently reply, “I’m glad you asked!”

Business 101 – It’s Always Good to Have a Plan! (1.0 or 1.5 hours)  Freelancers, officials, captioners, and firm owners can all benefit from thinking about the business side of our profession.  Many of us polish up our writing skills or buff up our figures on a daily basis.  What business skills will help make you shine in the marketplace?  Promoting yourself through proven sales techniques, establishing your brand, marketing, client retention, implementing an equipment replacement timeline, succession planning?  There’s something in this session for everyone.   Let’s spend time sharpening our business acumen.

Righting Your Future (1.0 hours)  We all know we “should” but we don’t always….fill in the blank…exercise, eat well, meditate, slow down.  But we’re busier today than ever and retirement may not be as close as we’d like.  In this era of court reporter shortages, we’re working more days and longer hours.  Add in our personal commitments, caring for aging parents, children, or grandchildren, and Righting Your Future seems an impossible task.  Learn some simple recipes and some simple techniques for time management.  We promise to make it fun!  (Presenter:  Camille Duffy)

Realtime Tips and Tricks to Make your Workday Easier (2.5 or 3.0 hours)  Our fast-paced court reporting world demands that we write smarter.  Ed Varallo, six-time NCRA speed contest champion, will outline his systematic approach to writing shorthand which is designed to require less physical effort, produce better realtime output, and thus reduce editing/scoping time.  Ed will share his tips and techniques that will set you on the path to unleash the Realtime Superstar inside you!  It’s easier than you might think!  (Presenter:  Ed Varallo)

 Creating the Demand for Draft Transcripts (1.0 hours)  To be truly realtime capable – able to turn out fast, accurate drafts and fast certified transcripts – we need to write smarter.  We have to write fast, with clean notes, for hours on end — and then turn out a fast draft transcript on demand.   No demand for realtime services in your area?  Ed Varallo, six-time NCRA speed contest champion, will share with you his tips and techniques to create the demand for rough draft transcripts.  Delivery by dinnertime, not bedtime, is what your clients need.  Learn how to provide this valuable service and increase your bottom line. (Presenter:  Ed Varallo. This session is only available in conjunction with Ed’s Realtime Tips seminar.)

How to Pass a Test (1.0 hours)  Everyone is nervous on test day.  You can’t banish nervousness.  The trick is to write well despite being nervous – and you can do that!  Let six-time National Speed Contest Champion Ed Varallo (no stranger to test day nerves!) describe for you the several simple, common-sense techniques he has discovered that allow you to be at your best on test day – no matter what! (Presenter: Ed Varallo. This session is only available in conjunction with Ed’s Realtime Tips seminar.)