The basis of Mark Kislingbury's methodology and his success, is a combination of the two techniques he has mastered and will teach at The Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting in Houston, TX. These are: writing short and writing FAST.
Writing Short simply means typing using as few keystrokes and as many brief forms as you can learn to use. You must learn to write short, by learning to reduce keystrokes and write briefs in order to increase your overall speed. Reporters who write everything out can somewhat make up for it by having faster fingers than most, but that is only half of what you need to achieve your maximum speed.
The second part of the methodology is training your fingers to write fast, training them to simply move faster. This is accomplished by hard practice, over and over, trying to type faster and faster each time until you can type at extremely high speeds, with extremely high accuracy. Reporters who have slow fingers can somewhat make up for it by writing shorter, but again that is only half of what you need to achieve your maximum speed.
It is the court reporter who both writes very short and writes with fast fingers that will be among the best and most sought after court reporters.
It's In The Numbers
It's easy to see how Mark's method works when you break it down by the numbers.
Let's take a look at three kinds of court reporters, in terms of how "short" they write:
There are nine possible combinations, but we will give you the overall results for only the short and fast reporters, as that is the level you will have attained at the end of the course.
Medium Strokes: 1.2 strokes per word
Short Strokes: 1.0 strokes per word
Very Short Strokes: 0.8 strokes per word
Now let's look at how fast they can move their fingers:
Medium Speed: 3.5 strokes per second
Fast Speed: 4.0 strokes per second
Very Fast Speed: 4.5 strokes per second
Now we will combine the "strokes per word" with the "strokes per second" for the fastest two speeds in both. For the reporter with “Short” strokes and “Fast” speed we get a reporter that can hit up to 240 words per minute. When we combine the reporter with “Very Short” strokes and “Very Fast” speed, we have a reporter that can hit up to an amazing 338 words per minute!