President's Message from the 2017 February Newsletter about the upcoming STARtech!

President’s Message

STARtech17 is just around the corner.  Your STAR board and committees have been hard at work getting ready for the spring convention in Houston.  At STARcon16, I talked about your need to learn how to market yourself as a “business.” Many thanks to Rosalie Kramm and Kimberley Neeson for creating an exciting agenda that will give you strategies to help you accomplish your goals.  We’re also excited to have the infamous Cindy Lynch who has agreed to three full days of Case CATalsyt and Luminex training.

If you’ve been in the court reporting profession as long as I have, you know that the evolution of court reporting is staggering. What’s the biggest game-changer?  Computers.  Long gone are the days of lunch table discussions where court reporting issues, theory, and questions are discussed.  Now that reporters have laptops and are working from home, many are feeling isolated.  It’s harder to hear and learn about the court reporting trends in technology that will make them an integral member of the legal team.

That’s why STAR is so important.  The technological advancements made available to the court reporting profession have given us tools and products that we can provide to our clients which in turn help them litigate and prepare their cases on behalf of their clients more efficiently.  It’s your job to stay current on the technology, and STAR gives us the format to do that.

During the past few months, the Board has been making great strides in marketing ourselves via social media and advertising.  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter @STARreporting.  Our new hashtag for all things STAR is #STARchatter. Staying connected is now easier than ever.

Other benefits of STAR conventions that don’t come in the form of seminars are many.

  • There is a deliberate effort to select smaller hotels so that everyone sees colleagues throughout the day.  The venues keep members together to socialize and network in a very comfortable setting. 
  • Don’t want to eat alone? The registration fee includes breakfasts and dinner, plus the STAR lounge at night.  We’re even incorporating a sign-up sheet at local restaurants so that individuals can dine with fellow attendees on that one night when nothing is scheduled.  There’s no excuse for room service.
  • Make an investment as a sponsor, and you’ll see your name in lights.  STAR has a new, affordable sponsorship program.  Name recognition is a wonderful thing.  What better venue to market yourself to fellow peers.
  • Vendors who are relevant to the business of court reporting are onsite
  • Additionally, STAR members receive discounts from Stenograph and Pengad, saving you hundreds of dollars as you invest in your career and business. 

Stenograph has also undergone a big change.  Best wishes to John Wenclawski, Stenograph’s President since 1994, who retired the end of December. We are going to miss the leadership and kindness he shared over these many years. Taking the helm as Stenograph’s new president is Jeremy Steele.  Jeremy was vice president and in-house counsel for Pettibone.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome him when he joins us in Houston.

2017 is a great time to invest in yourself and your business.  Looking forward to seeing you in Houston for STARtech17.

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