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“Always be on time, which is at least 15-20 minutes before the scheduled deposition time.”

-Tracy Lam

Be on time.  How many times have mothers said that?  Everyone knows the answer is more than once, and something that their children have probably ignored more than once as well.  Mom knew what she was talking about though.  Punctuality can build or erode anyone’s reputation, performance, and even their entire career.  But why should we strive to be punctual?


Being punctual shows respect. When an attorney puts forth effort to be somewhere on time, like a deposition, the reporter shows that they respect the attorney and their time by being there at the agreed-upon hour.  At Cady Reporting, respect for our clients’ time is reflected in every aspect of our job.  Therefore, arriving to depositions on time is a vital part of our service.  Included as well is providing the final products to clients in a timely manner.  We know that attorneys work on tight time tables, so their time frames need to be met and respected in a profession where every minute counts.


Punctuality demonstrates that you’re responsible and reliable.  When a court reporter is punctual it conveys to the attorneys that they are ready and able to get the job done, and done well.  It builds trust in their reporter and it creates a good impression on everyone at the table, communicating to them that you are organized, responsible and in control.  Consider for a moment the alternative scene – running into a room harried, perspiring, out of breath, clothing askew.  Imagine the impression that image makes on attorneys, their clients, and your prospective clients.  Certainly not a positive one.  No one would want to embarrass their client by giving the impression of not being a capable court reporter.


Reduce stress on yourself and others.  The above scenario has played out time and again in peoples’ hurried lives, and it’s quite likely that most people don’t say “Wow I feel great” after going through it.  Scrambling, and rushing people uncomfortable.  Not just the person running late, but also for others around them.  Making sure to be on time allows controlled focus and attention to the task at hand, which for court reporters is getting an accurate record.  It provides assurance that no matter what the situation calls for – recording accurate information to present to a judge, perfectly recording a line of questioning at a deposition or creating a flawless transcript to convince a jury, it will be started off on the right foot.



This article was written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation.

Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need it.