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Dispelling the Myths about Voice Writers:
As voice writers, we all hear and read certain “myths” about voice writing training and practice. This new eVoice feature plans to address myths with facts.
Myth #1: Voice Writers don’t go to school long enough.
Fact: Voice Writers can acquire their skill set more quickly for the following reasons:
Voice writer court reporters complete the same academic studies such as grammar and punctuation, vocabulary enrichment, medical and legal terminology, anatomy, etc. While they have the same academic requirements, voice writers may spend less time in school than stenographers because they endeavor to enhance skills (listening and verbal) that they already possess, not cultivate new skills, as may be necessary for students of stenography. Voice writers often begin speed building at 120 words per minute, whereas stenography students may begin speed building at 40-60 words per minute, thereby decreasing the amount of time spent in speed building. Individual determination and practice play a strong role in the length of time to complete the requirements of the program.
Myth #2: Voice Writers cause rates to decrease because they will work for less.
Fact: Why would they?
Why would voice writers work for less? Voice Writers are performing the same duties as their steno counterparts. National certifications for both meet the same independently validated standards. So, while a voice writing court reporter may be forced to take lower rates to get a foothold in the profession, just like any steno reporter might, it is certainly their desire to rise to market rates as quickly as possible. Accepting voice writing court reporters as full-fledged members and contributors to the profession would counteract downward rate pressure.