Tips for Planning a Student Presentation

Go to a local high school website and contact counselors or directors of public relations/admissions.  Contacting the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or any other youth organization is another avenue to deliver our message to young people.

If you make a personal phone call, let the group know your name, why you are calling, your certifications, and state and national affiliations.

Contact high schools in your area to see if they are holding any college fairs.  You may not be representing a specific school, but school officials want their students to have as much exposure as they can to the careers that are out there for them.  Your state’s high school guidance counselor convention is another great way to get the word out to students about this great profession.

Set up a date and time for the presentation.  Let them know your needs for a projector and audio.  Find out a time where you can come in early that day to troubleshoot so you’re ready to go.  You will lose students fast if you are not prepared.

Bring along a short transcript to use as part of your demonstration.  Let the students get a flavor for what goes on in the courtroom or the deposition suite.  It can be very entertaining for them to have a turn at being the judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, or the defendant.

Be sure you have a partner to do the demonstration with you.  Have a speaker and a realtime writer.  Starting your presentation with the catchy video produced by NCRF is a great way to break the ice.  Let students know about the many career options available and that the job market is wide open for employment.  Tailor your presentation to the local school if you can.

Promote all NCRA certified court reporting schools.  Inform students that there are brick and mortar and online schools.  Make sure they are aware that many state associations have scholarship opportunities.

Personal stories of why you chose this profession are great too.  Let students know how diversified our profession is.  We can choose to work in the courtroom setting, deposition suite, be a CART provider or captioner.  Again, few professions have as many career avenues open to them as ours does, and the job market is wide open for employment.

If you tie in the connection to musical instruments, sometimes that is interesting to students as well.

WHERE CAN I FIND MATERIAL FOR A PRESENTATION?

If you’re preparing a presentation, there is no need to look any further than the NCRA website to find a wealth of information at your fingertips.

·      ncra.org/awareness

·      ncra.org/Foundation/content.cfm?ItemNumber=14993&navitemNumber=14994

·      crtakenote.com

·      crtakenote.com/schools/

·      careersincourtreporting.com