hey you! so i called... you didn't answer... Vegas was great! you should've gone... you should come to visalia to visit me soon... miss ya girl! we need to get together so we can talk some smack... lol
There really is a ton of terrific advice over there. You could spend hours going through the student section and would learn some invaluable knowledge.
Don't be intimidated by the Forum Theory section. It is amazing, but you have to keep in mind that I think it blows away the average reporter/student. Just take tidbits here and there that you think can give you the most bang for your buck with speedbuilding and go from there.
I still think most students will receive the quickest results with including their inflected endings in with the initial stroke. When Janice and I learned theory, it wasn't even in question to come back for all these unneeded strokes.
If you don't get what I'm talking about with "inflected endings," I started a thread here one CSRnation that you can check out. It's under writing theories.
I don't know if those briefs are the Briefs Encountered book or not. I copied and pasted them from a post on Depoman.com. I would highly recommend being a frequent visitor to that site. It offers LOTS of helpful tips for students and hints for shortening your theory. If your time is limited, I would definitely check out the Forum Theory section and the Students and Rookies section. It is a great support system for the working reporter and the student. Hope to see you over there!
Saw your chat with Monti about being stuck in 140's. I've been a court reporter now for 16 years (hard to believe) but I still remember being "stuck" in a speed. It was SOOO frustrating, depressing, etc. What usually worked for me was I would practice at a speed much too fast for me, like 180s, and didn't worry about it being perfect. I would get the feel for the speed. Then after I practiced at 180 for a while (sloppy as ever), when I went back down to the speed I was stuck at, it was easier to handle and actually seemed almost slow. I think a lot students get stuck on being accurate first and then increasing speed. I always did the opposite, speed first, then accuracy, and that always worked best for me. I was out of school in two years. I'm not bragging; I'm just saying it worked for me and maybe it would for you too. Let me know your progress!