1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FCRA Pre-Convention Board of Directors Meeting

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Registration Open

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

FPR-C Inaugural Skills Testing (and transcribing)

Facilitators:  FPR-C Skills Committee

Click here for the full outline and procedures related to the FPR-C skills testing.


EXAM GIVEN at 8:30 a.m. SHARP


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Health and Wellness for Court Reporters

Speaker: Phillip Evans, CPT CSCS

Learn about common muscle imbalances court reporters encounter, how to treat and manage them, and how to stay healthy while meeting the demands of the job!

(0.10 CEU)

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You’re on Mute

Speakers: Laura Landerman, RDR, CRR, FPR; Ninette Butler, RPR, CRR, CRC, RSA, CCR (GA), FPR; Tiffany Treffeisen, RPR, FPR; Amber Rodriguez, RPR, FPR, CSR

A fun and informative session on how we've had to adapt from the world of being in-person to the new world of Zoom/remote proceedings. We will be offering our firsthand experience on equipment used, features of Zoom, Wi-Fi setup, remote exhibit marking, realtime through Zoom, remote reporting from an official's perspective, brief and a lot of participant interaction sharing their tips and tricks as well.

(0.15 CEU)

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 Refreshment Break With Exhibitors


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Coronavirus and Medical Terminology

Speaker: Elliot Carter, MD

In this session, Elliot Carter, MD, will present an overview of Coronavirus, pandemic, and laboratory testing updates, as well as medical terminology pertinent to captioners and court reporters.

(0.10 CEU)

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break With Exhibitors


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Professionalism - In Front and Behind the Camera

Speakers: Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRC, CRR

Steno is the Gold Standard for making legal record as well as in CART/captioning. What is your Gold Standard brand of Professionalism?   Do soft skills matter?   Let’s talk honestly, with respect for one another, about what constitutes professionalism in our industry.   The accuracy of the words and details in our transcripts matter, and so do the words we use when we interact with clients, agencies, and each other.

Of course, Stenography is a technology career, so Professionalism also encompasses the tools we use and services we provide.  COVID-19 brought the perfect combination of remote CART/captioning together with freelance reporting.   So, what is in your bag, and what have you brought to your Remote Reporting office?  

(0.10 CEU)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thomas Hughes Memorial Realtime Challenge (up to .25 PDC if qualified)

Facilitator:  Sheri Smargon, RDR, CRR, CRC, M.A.


 PRACTICE ROOM OPEN at 5:00 p.m.


The Thomas Hughes Memorial Realtime Challenge consists of REALTIME literary/judicial material at 180 wpm for five minutes and Q&A material at 225 wpm for five minutes.  Transcripts may be in ALL CAPS.  You must be able to produce an RTF, TXT, or PDF file which will be required to be emailed to the graders.

Click here for the full procedures and guidelines which will be adhered to for the 2021 Thomas Hughes Memorial Realtime Challenge.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Happy Hour


7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Registration Open

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast With Exhibitors 


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE SESSION: Step Out on Your Wire

Speaker: Nik Wallenda

There is no doubt that Nik is in the high ranks of legendary daredevils. Not only has he garnered numerous accolades over his career, but he also proved to an audience that no obstacle is too great to overcome in pursuit of your dreams. Nik is constantly inspiring people around the world to always follow their dreams and never give up. Don't miss this amazing Keynote Session at the FCRA 2021 Annual Convention!

(0.15 CEU)

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break With Exhibitors


10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Professional Practices and NCRA Update

Speaker: Jason Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC

Do you want to secure your job? Your future? Join Jason to learn about and discuss the professional practices that cement your place in our competitive environment and gather new opportunities into the future.  This presentation focuses on first impressions and how they are key to showcasing your professionalism. You can establish a reputation of being the best in your field by keeping those first impressions going throughout your work with clients. Learn how to use the professional practices you rely on to ensure that the services you provide are delivered with the highest possible quality and that they reflect the reputation you have worked to build.

(0.10 CEU)

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon, Annual Business Meeting, and Installation of Officers/Directors



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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Government Relations Update

Speakers: Tracy Finan, RPR, FPR (FL), CCR (GA); Corinne Mixon; Richard Scire, RPR, FPR; Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC

This government relations update is devoted to our membership’s future as well as the future of our profession. Bring your questions, concerns, and great ideas about the present and future of the court reporting profession and how FCRA can stay out ahead in this ever-changing industry. Our panel will consist of our FCRA President and Government Relations Chair, Immediate Past President, and our lobbyist/governmental affairs team. 

(0.15 CEU)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break With Exhibitors


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Professional Courage 

Speaker: Chief Laura Bedard, Ph.D.

Have you ever worked beside the nicest person but noticed their work ethic was lacking? Have you ever wanted to tell your boss the absolute truth about something but were afraid to? Have you ever given a totally honest assessment of your employees? This workshop focuses on what it takes to have professional courage in the workplace. You will learn how to have those candid and difficult conversations and what role ethics play in advancing your career.

(0.10 CEU)


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Steno Swap 

Speaker: Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRC, CRR

Put on your thinking caps and bring pad and paper for this fun community sharing event where reporters can share and learn from each other.

(0.10 CEU)

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.


6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Free Time

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

 President’s Party 


SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

 Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors 


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Realtime: What’s Holding You Back?

Speaker: Sheri Smargon, RDR, CRR, CRC, FPR, M.A., and Laura Landerman, RDR, CRR, FPR

Bring your machine and/or laptops and learn some tips on how to improve your realtime. What are the key things a reporter has to possess in order to be a top-notch realtime writer?  We will have an interactive discussion about how you take one step at a time to become proficient at your craft.  Is it the equipment setup that's holding you back?   We will address setup and connection issues using Eclipse and Case Catalyst software.   We will talk about competing in realtime and speed contests, and why competing, even if you think you'll never place, is so rewarding and allows us to keep our skills sharp.  We will also address remote realtime and how to connect for deposition and CART jobs in each software with multiple outputs.  This will be an interactive seminar.  Bring your coffee and your questions!

(0.10 CEU)

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 Refreshment Break with Exhibitors


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Marketing Yourself     

Speakers: Kelcy Coleman, Heather Sanford, Jean Rebel

The importance and strategy of marketing and branding yourself.

(0.10 CEU)


11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Accuracy: Perceptions, Appraisal, and Performance. The Psychology of becoming more accurate in both thought and behavior

Speaker: Roy Bedard, Ph.D.

We all make mistakes. Sure, there are times when we become mindless, careless, or are perhaps in too much of a hurry to always get it perfectly right. But studies show that even with focused effort on task specific skills, human performance is still subject to error. This seminar will share insights into the psychology of human performance and reveal how errors occur during periods of perception, appraisal, and performance. Often called as an expert witness in the state of Florida and in nationally high-profile cases, Roy Bedard’s challenging testimony is one we all want to take! Together, we will explore human cognition, its vulnerabilities, and discuss ways to improve accuracy in both thought and behavior.

(0.10 CEU)


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Who Can? You Can!

Speaker: Katiana Walton

Learn how to write more than 150 phrases starting with the word "who." Please bring your steno machine to this session!

(0.10 CEU)

1:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

FCRA Post-Convention Board Meeting