Urgent Need for Shorthand Translation

I’m posting this because I just don’t have the time.

From what I was told, the notes are from 1962 but I don’t know what system because she won’t send me a sample. It might not even be Gregg.

If you’re interested, please contact her directly at [email protected]


(by shorthandmarc
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  1. I took a stab at it and provided a transcript.    I wonder if our transcripts were similar.  🙂    I am impressed that she utilized two or more of us without tipping her hand.  She pushed back with a question that I thought was quite insightful.  Now I know why.   This world is very, very small these days.    I am glad that she engaged more than one for the exercise.  It's good to know that in a way there was someone checking the work.  It's like she took the shorthand blind Pepsi challenge.     

  2. I was just happy to be used for this obsolete skill. My first ever skilled labor I can honestly say. There must be ways in this modern world where we can utilize our skill of shorthand for something. Shorthand transcription requests don't come around every day.   I was thinking advertising dictation services in the local newspaper (well once I get up to dictation speeds). But which industries could it be useful for a person to come in for several hours and take dictation? I imagine there must still be places where it would be profitable for a business to do it this way. I remember a psychologist placing a request in the local newspaper for a stenotypist to take her patient notes by dictation. Any place where theres patients it might be useful, but of course most of the time these people use tape recorders or write it down themselves I assume.

  3. Some organizations want their meetings recorded in a secure manner — IBM from what I understand, employ shorthand writing secretaries to record the minutes to maintain confidentiality.  Reporting those kinds of minutes would require a pretty significant speed.  I used to record the minutes of a technology group and I was pushed.  At the time I was writing around 140 or so.    It's very difficult to find gainful employment in this day and age utilizing your shorthand skill.  I'm a legal secretary so I have opportunities to use my shorthand but for the most part they are self-devised.  The last two times I attended the hearings I took notes.  When we got back to the office the partner I work for sent out a broadcast asking if anyone had taken notes at the hearing.  The associate I work for narked me out so I transcribed the notes and the court's statements regarding the motion and her inclinations in regard to her order.  Now I'm working like heck to get back to some semblance of my faster days in order to make the skill useful.  It's not the official record, but if we're directed to prepare an order, I've got the lion's share of the material that needs to be included.    I'm also enjoying the practice and dictation.  I miss the class setting and having a bit of competition.  The concentration on my review and writing practice is rather relaxing.    Perhaps you could record lectures and offer to transcribe the notes and folks can buy copies in much the way court reporters charge for their transcripts.  You take it, type it up once, and then print off as many copies as you need.  Sitting in on other lectures outside of your major will do great things to improve the variety of your writing vocabulary.  Police departments used to use stenographers — even with audio tape these days, the human ear can distinguish sounds and will make a better transcript.  Witness statements could be really interesting work, even if sometimes disturbing.   Unfortunately, pen writers aren't able to compete technologically with computerized machine shorthand writers.  Real-Time translation of notes transmitted to each parties' computer is common.  I love the technology and what we can do with it, but feel a little guilty when I think that reporters were once pen writers — I couldn't hire a pen writer.     Most folks don't even know what shorthand is.  I've had to explain what I'm reading to other commuters on my way to or from the office.  Though, I'm just about ready to slug the next dolt who makes a reference to "chicken scratch" — what the hell is "chicken scratch" anyway?  Seems to me to be more of a cuneiform than the rather pleasing circles, lines and hooks of shorthand.  Cretins. 

  4. Pitman is chicken scratching.

    Gregg is the marks on the ice of chickens ice-dancing.

    is also on the links page of this group. She does minutes for meetings. Googling "shorthand meeting" shows Peters Shorthand Reporting Corporation has a lot of transcripts online. "shorthand service" came up with others.

    careerbuilder.com had a job, now expired.

    It's also worth signing up with temp agencies. Agencies usually specialize in different types of jobs, although they don't always admit it, so try several. Some will test you to make sure you can do what you say, before sending you out.

    If you're interested, go for it. Make a website. Print up business cards and send them out everywhere, especially to people who regularly see a lot of people, like your barber. (I once got a job lead from my insurance agent.)


  5. Upon graduation after two years of shorthand (Gregg Simplified) I can assure you 120 wpm dictation was necessary to achieve an "A" and being able to transcribe with no errors. When a few years later I was called upon to record verbatim minutes of meetings used Anniversary and had little trouble keeping up so indeed 140+ was not only attainable but practical. Daily use of shorthand plus familiarity with the vocabulary of your chosen field does yield its rewards.

  6. JRGAnniversary, that's great to hear.  I only remember hitting 100 maybe once or twice when I was in classes, but I'm glad to know higher speeds are achievable, "even for me"!    I'm afraid I've never recorded meeting minutes verbatim (yet), but I get everything written down that I possibly can.  Every month I take down the minutes of a long conference call on that fascinating subject, R & D.  A co-worker refers to it as "razzle & dazzle".  My boss is genuinely pleased to have a shorthand geek on the staff and even brags about me a little.  So cool!   I'm thinking about "self dictating" for more practice.  I have the teacher's dictation book from Series 90, and it has word counts at various spots in each dictation so you can, with the aid of a watch with a second hand, dictate to yourself at various speeds.  One of these days, when I figure out where my hubby put our cassette recorder, I'll get started.  He also has a little digital recorder.  Maybe he'd let me borrow it if I promise to take good care of it.  :o)    

  7. I just subscribed to a supplemental dictation program for court reporting students (they start their dictations at 100 wpm).  The bad thing is that they only have five speed levels (in ranges of about 20 wmp).  The premium subscription comes with something called "D/mark" which will take text that you provide and mark it for you at the dictation speed you would like.  You can mark in 20 word groups or have it marked for quarter minute intervals (which I find easier to use with a stop watch).  The 20-word count can be adjusted for syllable density as well.  If you do the 20 word thing, you can have the dictation marked with exact stop watch figures which makes the dictation a little easier if you are working on one of the speeds that breaks the count up evenly (20 words every 10 seconds as opposed to 20 works every 12 seconds).   The subscription is $20 a month (and includes D/mark).  You also get your dictation selection at your selected speed and it gives you the same piece dictated 20 words a minute faster and 20 words a minute slower (I'm getting the 100 so I get 100, 80 and 120). 

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