You need to understand that court reporting involves a specific equipment that you need to have to make the job work. You need to have a specific set of skills to be able to manipulate or use the equipment to transcribe the spoken word of a person into verbatim written record. A lot of people who have gotten the chance to see a steno machine have all reacted the same way; they were mystified with how this twenty-two buttoned machine worked. There are twenty-six letters in the alphabet so what is up with the steno machine? The steno machine in its own way is definitely peculiar especially when being used for court reporting. Even if you are able to witness the fastest typist, you would still be unimpressed with how fast he or she can type once you see a court reporter type on that steno machine. You should know that today’s modern court reporting equipment also works with real time transcriptions. You have to understand that court reporting has evolved and it will continue to change as the world goes round and round.
Everything starts and ends with the steno machine. When you look at a court reporter type in those words and transcribe every word that is being said in court, you might see it as something easy but when you try it, you will notice that it is actually pretty difficult to do. When you see the steno machine, you will notice that it has significantly less keys compared to the average computer keyboard plus it has even have lesser buttons compared to the letters in the alphabet. You should know that the court reporter transcribes words based on the number of syllables, they do not type depending on the number of words. The steno machine works like these; the keys on the left represents the beginning sound of the syllable. Middle keys represents the middle sound of a syllable while the ending sound of a syllable is represented by the right keys in a steno machine.
In court reporting, you really have to learn how to use the steno machine because there is no court reporting without this certain machine; you need training to harness such skills and hopefully become an expert so that transcribing those words will be a lot easier for you.
You should know that the output that the steno machine provides is going to illegible to anyone who has not study the art of stenography. The output from the steno machine will have to be translated into text before a casual observer can understand it. You need to study more on stenography if you want to fully understand how it is to become a court reporter.