totally worth it! We need briefs! Not arbitrary ridiculous briefs but briefs for the all-important commonly used words. And Brief Encounters and the other books (Medical Briefs and I know there's another one, which I have but too busy to look right now) are total worth the money.
I'm not using any software yet. I had my RPR for ten years (1981), then worked as a legal assistant for twenty years. So I am speed building again. I need a writer, and I got ten-year old StenoCat. I hope it works. If it does, at least it will be good enough to get started.
If you're just having troubles with Q&A, why not get a copy of "Q&A, a Faster Way," by Donna Cole?
This book specifically addresses how to stroke the Q (or A) bank with a few extra keys to get something like this:
Q. What is your name? All in one stroke!
A. My name is .... Also all in one stroke!
If you want a kinda/sorta look at this book, take a look at my article, "Dictionaries 'r' Us." The article includes a method to learn a few two word briefs ("you remember," "I recall," etc.), and turn most of those briefs into Q&A extensions ... and it includes a graphic of my Q&A dictionary ... a few of which came from Ms. Cole's book.
If you're still looking for a writer, I have one for you! Check the classifieds for my "Cooler Than Ice Cream" ProCAT Flash. You can read my thoughts on the ProCAT Flash here.
Hi, I just read about you getting back into reporting....I think it is wonderful! :0) Most people that I've encounter who used to do it, would like to go back but never do it! So good for you!
Achievement Today! :0)
StenEd has a good booklet of briefs for around $20. The exact title is "Realtime Dictionary of Briefs and Phrases." I haven't purchased Brief Encounters, but got StenEd instead. It has 12,000 entries, which is more than I can memorize for the present, and I love that the briefs are realtime conflict-free.
I think it's good to just use www.briefpedia.com
don't get me wrong, I have brief encounters and love it. i use it a lot.
but i see myself using briefpedia more, bc i don't have to flip through pages (or find the book lol) and briefpedia gives me tons of options and allows me to see potential conflicts.