FRIDAY: Margie Wakeman Wells, and The Solution Exchange, Part I
MARGIE WAKEMAN WELLS
To "empower" means to make someone stronger and more confident. Empowerment for court reporters comes from developing the confidence and strength found in having a good command the rules of grammar and punctuation. Commas, numbers, dashes, semicolon, and quotation marks are perplexing at times! Spend the first part of the evening up close and personal with Margie Wakeman Wells to discover the power of words, punctuation, and grammar. The setting is the beautiful Wine Room at a la Lucia!
- Plated dinner or buffet/dessert table (depending upon attendance)
- One wine or mixed drink per person (after that self-pay for alcohol)
- Margie Wakeman Wells: Where punctuation does and does NOT go!
- Seating is limited and there will be NO last-minute add-ons after capacity
- You must purchase separate tickets for Friday night and Saturday
THE SOLUTION EXCHANGE, PART I
Empowerment also comes from confidence in business, in dealing with agencies and running your business AS a business. In The Solution Exchange, we will begin by hearing from a DC attorney who will give us the good, the bad & the ugly on What Is Antitrust, especially as applies to court reporters. To understand what's happening in our field, we MUST understand how agencies work and what it takes to make them work smoothly, so a working court reporter/agency owner will tell us just that. Then, once we're crystal clear on boundaries and how the field is supposed to work, we'll spend the rest of the evening discussing obstacles to our success as freelancers AND OFFER SOLUTIONS. A summary of solutions will be recapped on Saturday, when we continue the discussion in The Solution Exchange Part II. All of these issues are important!
- Setting the record straight on how agencies run
- What IS antitrust?
- "But we've ALWAYS done things this way!" Time for change?
- Are you ready to start your own agency?
- How to make sure you always get paid
- There's more to a rate sheet than numbers (We will NOT be talking about numbers!)
- What the power of "No" can do for your freelance career and peace of mind
- Attorney complaints and how to handle them
- The effect of contracting on the profession
- Is realtime really going to save the profession?
- How to get the kind of work you want
- It's not always about the money - things to consider when accepting a job (Is it video? Medical? Interpreted? Highly technical? Rough draft/Realtime? Expedited? Undesirable attorneys?)
- The growing acceptance of video cam depositions: Who's running the camera?
- Seating is extremely limited and there will be NO last-minute add-ons after capacity
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
If you are staying at the Hampton in Old Town, I will provide Uber service to and from a la Lucia. If you are driving, here is the link to find a la Lucia. It is not near a Metro stop: http://www.alalucia.com/#!location/c2q4
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Feel free to call or email Mary Ann Payonk: (804) 339-9715; email, email@example.com
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please. AND YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN BUSINESS CARD FOR ADMITTANCE. If you are a staff reporter with an agency, you may bring your personal card from the agency.
What is the refund policy?
No refunds after October 14. Refunds for cancellations will be made after the event.