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Hi. My name is Selena Stehn, founder of Stenographers World.
During career day as a junior in high school in a small town in Illinois back in the 80s, one of the most
inspiring, motivating, and coolest ladies walked into our Secretarial Sciences classroom to give a
presentation on her career as a court reporter. When she brought out her little machine and wrote on
it, I fell in love. My heart raced faster than it had ever raced before. The stories she shared of some of
the most interesting murder trials, depositions and even cool business meetings spoke directly to my
soul. I knew what my future held for me, and I could not wait to jump in!
Court reporting has been in my blood and has been my passion for many years. I graduated from court
reporting school in the 90s, used my skill in many areas as a stay-at-home mom while raising my son and
moving from state to state due to my then husband’s career.
Due to life circumstances, I put my machine away for several years. However, it would call my name
from behind the closet door as I walked by; sometimes would even scream out to me. Finally, in 2006,
after going through a divorce, I decided to dust off my machine and build my speed again. At that time,
there was not an inexpensive place just to build my speed and bring me up to date with what was going
on in the court reporting world. So, I had to enroll in a full-time court reporting school which cost
thousands of dollars.
If only there was a place to build my speed and prepare me to take the certification exams again, as well
as bring insights into what was going on with the court reporting profession including all of the different
career paths that were available with this awesome skill of steno…
After being enrolled in court reporting school not once but twice, I heard the same anxious questions
from other students wanting to know what to expect, the ups and downs of getting through school,
what paths they can take once they are out working, what equipment and software do they need to
This was the driving force to start Stenographers World. I wanted to have a website that informed
current stenographers (court reporters and captioners), as well as students, about what was going on in
our awesome world of stenography. I wanted to help them to build their speed and get over their fear
of writing realtime in front of others. As icing on the cake, I learned that NCRA would approve the
webinars for continuing education units (CEUs) which allowed licensed court reporters and captioners to
keep their certifications by earning the 30-hour CEU credits they need each three-year cycle, as well as
PDCs by using Stenographers World’s speed building library and live and recorded Write Live sessions.
So, I ventured out and was blessed to find the most intelligent and intuitive coder to bring my vision of
Stenographers World to life in October of 2012. I could not have done it without her!
Stenographers World has helped thousands of court reporters and captioners to maintain their licenses,
as well as many students and current stenographers to build their speed and improve their realtime
accuracy, enabling them to earn their licenses.
There are many ideas brewing for the future of Stenographers World. Stay with us and watch us grow.
We love to hear your suggestions for upcoming webinars, radio shows/podcasts, and/or ideas that you
have for Stenographers World. Stenographers World is your world.
My vision is to grow our profession by reaching out to school districts to add stenography as a
curriculum in high schools and junior colleges in addition to or in place of pen shorthand. Stenography
has been around for centuries, is present and thriving today, and will definitely be here in the future.
Technology has made it possible, along with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to open many
opportunities for people with this awe-inspiring skill.
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