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About this blog

I've been writing this blog since 2007 and have tried (not 100% successfully) to keep it up to date. Some months I hardly post at all while others yield copious things. All in all, I'm proud to have this public diary (as it were) and thankful that you stopped by to read my ramblings as I navigate this court reporting business journey. And I don't really know why I'm pictured on top of that conference room table. I really need to get around to changing that...

-Todd Olivas

  • Recent blogs | what's been on my mind lately

    TOABoys Videos

    5/22/2017

    Well, despite the long hours on the road and the seemingly millions of miles driven to go visit clients, we here in TOA Land (aka the TOA Boys as some people call us) often have a little fun out there on the highway. Check out some of our dash cam videos for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on as we visit clients, race semi-trucks, listen to ...

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    TOA University - Summer CEU Session

    3/28/2017

    About a year and a half ago we decided to add CEU classes to our list of services that we offer our clients. In addition to court reporting, interpreting, videography and whole bunch of conference suites, offering classes for credit seemed like a natural fit. And we were right. I ...

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    Employment Opportunity

    1/25/2017

    UPDATE 2-21-2017. THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU!We are looking for an entry level employee to work in our Temecula, CA office. Starting pay $10.00/hr.JOB TITLE: Production AssistantJOB SUMMARY: Growing court reporting agency located in Temecula, CA is slammed busy in our production department. Don't know what a pro ...

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    Speech recognition and court reporting article in the JCR

    11/14/2016

    I was honored this month to have been quoted in the JCR (Journal of Court Reporting). Author David Ward contacted me for a quote several months and I had forgotten all about it. Comes now the November 2016 issue of the JCR and my quote got used in his article about speech recognition. David wrote another excellent article and even used part of m ...

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    Thank you reddit for blowing me up and also thank you Journal of Court Reporting for mentioning my blog

    9/20/2016

    I'd like to thank the JCR - Journal of Court Reporting -- for mentioning my blog in this month's issue. The quick nutshell version of the story they covered is that in 2008 I wrote a blog post about how court reporters are able to write so quickly on their steno machines. You can read the original blog post here:

    How a client complaint is making us shrink in order to provide better service

    8/18/2016

    Recently it was brought to my attention that we let a couple out-of-state clients down. When I say ‘out-of-state’, I mean outside of California. One was last year and one was more recently this year. Without going into the nuance of how we dropped the ball, they know who they are and that the following changes of policy here at Todd Olivas & Ass ...

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    Los Angeles Superior Court Now Hiring

    7/5/2016

    Every now and then I hear about court reporting job openings. This time I got a flyer in the mail for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Below is a pic of the flyer. Please go to www.lacourt.org for more info.- Monthly Salary as of 7/1/2016: $6,993.82 - $8,220.82- Plus extra goodies l ...

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    Find Out What Your Clients Want - The JCR article

    6/22/2016

    From time to time I get asked to give a quote for an article in the JCR -- the Journal of Court Reporting. The May 2016 issue has a great article about finding out what our clients want from us as far as services and technology. The author of the article, David Ward did a great job of shedding ...

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    RIMS2016

    4/13/2016

    What a wonderful RIMS2016 conference this has been. I decided to showcase our experience here this week, hosting a vendor booth, hanging out with clients, and generally having a great time in San Diego. It was typical weather for San Diego during RIMS16 this year.. ...

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    Too much technology?

    12/17/2015

    This week one of our reporters lost her cable that connected her writer to her laptop. She had had a morning job and while packing up, it somehow slipped out of her bag. When she arrived at her afternoon job, she discovered the problem and immediately told the attorneys. It's times like these that relying too much on technology can be a detrimen ...

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    Pink Ribbon bracelets

    10/23/2015

    Hello, Everybody! I hope you are enjoying this Fall season and (almost) cooler temperatures! I’m so grateful that you have chosen to utilize my company's court reporting services this past year. Thank you so much. Actually, I’m grateful for a lot of things. It's Bre ...

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    Court reporter found to be Independent Contractor by California Appeals Board and EDD Audit

    8/26/2015

    Without sounding too dramatic, if I were a newspaper here is what the big headline would read: “Existential threat to court reporting industry averted!” What follows is my year-long journey through an unemployment benefits dispute and audit by the Economic Development Department (EDD)of California.

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    Imber Court Reporters

    5/30/2015

    I'd like to give a nice shout-out to my friends over at Imber Court Reporters. We run into Imber a lot out there visiting our mutual clients. And even recently we saw them at the Employers' Fraud Task Force conference. I hear ...

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    California Court Reporting Firm Solves Age-Old Problem for Lawyers

    5/15/2007

    Press Release 5/10/2007 Todd Olivas & Associates, Inc., a California-based court reporting firm solves the problem ...

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    Court Reporting Service Sponsors Video Contest

    5/15/2015

    Press Release 6/15/2007A Court Reporting Service in California, Todd Olivas & Associates, has sponsored the ...

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    Court Reporter Makes Getting A Date Easier For Legal Secretaries

    5/15/2015

    Press Release 8/22/2007Newport Beach, CA - August 22, 2007 - Todd Olivas & Associates, a

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    Court Reporter Speaks To Students

    5/15/2015

    Press Release 4/23/2009Temecula, CA - April 23, 2009 - Court reporting agency owner, Todd Olivas, of Todd Olivas & Associates, Inc., a ...

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    Court Reporting is a Recession Resistant Profession

    5/15/2015

    Press Release 3/28/2011Temecula, CA - March 28, 2011 - Few industries have been completely untouched ...

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    Find Out More About The Field Of Court Reporting

    5/15/2015

    All About Court ReportingFrom the court room to the deposition suite to broadcast television, court reporters, deposition reporters, and captioners make it happen! Launch a professional career that's cruc ...

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    Need A List of California Courts?

    5/15/2015

    List of California Courts In an effort to be helpful to our site visitors, we have provided this list of all California courts. Please click on the Location link to see the court's address. ...

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    How We Choose Our Court Reporters

    5/15/2015

    The Best of the Best! So where do we get our court reporters? While our production department outputs the most consistently precise transcripts ...

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    Preparing for a Deposition

    5/15/2015

    What is a Deposition?(The information provided below is only what we think is helpful during a deposition. It is not in lieu of advice from your attorney. Please pay close attention to everything your attorney tells you to do.) The nature of a deposition is to find out what you, as a deponent, kn ...

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    What Do Court Reporters Make?

    5/15/2015

    Court Reporters are highly trained and well paid!Becoming a court reporter is one of the best paying careers for women (and men). A court reporter's job is to capture live speech and then transcribe it to the written word. About a third of court repor ...

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    Court Reporters, Why Choose To Work With Us?

    5/15/2015

    We Treat You Right!Business has never been better and we need you! As a court reporter-owned agency, we understand the hard work court reporters do. We acknowledge that our success is largely dependent upon making our reporters successful. Our business is growing, and we are always looking to work with excellent ...

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    Dear Client, Why Choose Us For Your Next Deposition?

    5/15/2015

    What makes us different?In 1991, I walked into a court reporting agency for the first time. I had been hired on to work in the mail room. Over time, I worked in production, detailing and shipping -- almost every single department. No one was more surprised than I about my growing passion for opening my own ag ...

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