Everything Old Is New Again
By Peter N. Brewer, Esq.
Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer
Take dictation for example. I once asked my father, who was a long-practicing lawyer, what type of dictation equipment he used. His response to me was, âI dictate to a live audience.â It took me a moment to register what he was even saying. He dictated to a secretary who had the now-rare skill of having mastered Gregg shorthand. I was stupefied.
Today we have an entire generation of lawyers who grew up with their fingers on a keyboard. Many of them had neither the reason nor the opportunity to develop good dictating skills. And the rationalizations for not attempting dictation proliferate. âI compose better on the screen.â âIâm a fast typist, so I donât need to dictate.â And so forth.
Becoming comfortable with dictating offers virtues beyond merely getting your thoughts into written form. It is a mental discipline that involves ordering your thoughts in your head. That discipline has virtues well beyond merely recording the written word. Think before you speak, what a concept!