April 25-27th, 2014
Las Vegas, NV


Quick Agenda



Hotel Savings Too!



Book your room at Paris or Bally’s and save up to 30% for a four-night stay, and the resort fees are on the house! You read that right - ESP Conference Attendees will automatically have their $20/night resort fee subtracted from their stay. And not just one night - for your entire stay! Click below to book your rooms or call the Reservation Center at 800-358-8777 (Bally’s - use group code SBESP4) or 877-603-4389 (Paris - use group code SPESP4) today!





What better place than the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas to enjoy this beautiful season while learning about Eclipse and earning CEUs? No, it’s not Paris, France but, hey, the natives speak English and the journey is a lot shorter. And what's not to love? Spring officially begins in March but really blossoms in late April with lovely weather, colorful flowers, and radiant sunlight. And did I mention it’s Vegas, baby! Shows to see, helicopter and balloon rides to take, concerts to attend, casinos to visit, pools to dive into, and a whole lot more. This year the new LINQ should be open, too, the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel at 550 feet. That should be some view!

The ESP Users' Group has been helping Eclipse users learn about their software and have fun for 21 years, providing instruction from the most interesting and experienced trainers in the industry. This is our 22nd year and our lineup is better than ever with 16.5 hours of dedicated Eclipse training. But there are lots of other seminars available, too, 14 hours in all, covering subjects ranging from dictionary building and optimization to grammar and punctuation (and a whole lot in between). Those who attend for all three days can earn a whopping 2.2 CEUs! Or if you can only make it for the weekend, you can earn 1.4 CEUs.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Quick Look: Thursday - Limited Eclipse 6 Installations ONLY

Time Description
   
2PM - 4PM Technical Support: Eclipse 6 Installations & Updates ONLY
  Attendees are encouraged to install the latest version of Eclipse BEFORE coming to the conference as we will be making it available to you ahead of time. If you need help installing the new Eclipse 6, this tech support session is the best time to do that to avoid delays and rushes on Friday morning. No other support will be provided at this time, only help with installation.
   
   

Quick Look: Friday - .8 Possible CEUs

Time Description
   
8AM - 10AM Eclipse Track Training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
10AM - 10:15AM BREAK – 15 min.
10:15AM - 12:15PM Eclipse Track Training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
12:15PM - 1:15PM Lunch on your own - 1 Hour
1:15PM - 3:15PM Eclipse Track Training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
3:15PM - 3:30PM BREAK – 15 min.
3:30PM - 5:30PM Eclipse Track Training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
   

Quick Look: Saturday - .8 Possible CEUs

Time Description
   
8AM - 10AM Eclipse Track Training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
---or---
Up Your Game With Realtime Coach
10AM - 10:15AM BREAK – 15 min.
10:15AM - 11:45AM Part 1: Connection Magic & Collaboration
---or---
SearchMaster: What it does and how to do it!
11:45AM - 12:45PM Lunch on your own
12:45PM - 2:45PM 20/20 Punctuation
2:45PM - 3PM BREAK – 15 min.
3PM - 4:30PM Is Your Dictionary Interfering With Realtime?
5:30PM - 7:30PM ESP Network Reception, Raffle Drawings, ASI Update
   

Quick Look: Sunday - .6 Possible CEUs

Time Description
   
9AM - 10:30AM Better Your Odds On Certification Exams
10:30AM - 10:45AM BREAK – 15 min.
10:45AM - 12:15PM Part 2: Connection Magic & Collaboration
---or---
Caption Masters: Realtime, CART, & Captioning
12:15PM - 1:15PM Lunch on your own
1:15PM - 2:45PM Part 3: Connection Magic & Collaboration
---or---
Working with Windows 7 & 8
2:45PM - 3PM BREAK – 15 min.
3PM - 4:30PM Part 4: Connection Magic & Collaboration
---or---
Broadcast Captioning: The 10 Ps
   

HOTEL INFORMATION

Book your room at Paris or Bally’s and save up to 30% on a four-night stay!

Hotel rooms are available at a special group rate at the prices shown below. We booked rooms at both the Paris and Bally’s Hotels this year, but don’t procrastinate … we have a limited number of rooms at these special rates. Book online or call the Reservation Center at 800-358-8777 (Bally’s - use group code SBESP4) or 877-603-4389 (Paris - use group code SPESP4) today!

Paris Hotel

Wed, 4/23

Thu, 4/24

Fri, 4/25

Sat, 4/26

Sun, 4/27

Mon, 4/28

$109

$109

$169

$169

$129

$129

Bally’s Hotel

Wed, 4/23

Thu, 4/24

Fri, 4/25

Sat, 4/26

Sun, 4/27

Mon, 4/28

$89

$89

$169

$169

$89

$89

The meeting rooms will be on the 26th floor of the North Tower in Bally’s. This area is called the Skyview for good reason. Perched at the top of the tower it offers wonderful views through windows in the foyer, hallway and some of the meeting rooms. Let there be light! For those of you not familiar with the Paris/Bally’s complex, the two hotels are joined and the walk from Paris to Bally’s is about five minutes. The time it will take to walk from a hotel room at Paris to the Skyview meeting rooms is about ten minutes.

IMPORTANT HOTEL BOOKING INFORMATION. PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING YOUR STAY! Clicking the link below will take you directly to the hotel reservation system. By default, it looks like Bally's is the only hotel listed as having rooms available - THIS IS NOT THE CASE, WE HAVE PLENTY OF ROOMS IN BOTH HOTELS FOR OUR ATTENDEES! Once you click the link below, do one of two things. Find the button on the right side of that page that looks like the picture shown to the right of this paragraph and CLICK "AS LIST". The next page that appears will allow you to choose the hotel you want to stay at. Or enter the dates and click the FIND button. You will be shown rates for both Paris and Bally's.

Eclipse Track Training

TWO DAYS OF ECLIPSE TRACK TRAINING, FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Steve Kosmata, Keith Vincent, and Jeremy Thorne will be teaching the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. Collectively these three stalwarts have taught literally thousands of Eclipse users at these events across a span of over two decades. No one does it better.


Jeremy Thorne
Advanced Training

Jeremy is the man who created Eclipse and you’d think a guy who writes code all day might be a little dull behind a podium. Not Jeremy. He’s interesting, witty and, as you’d expect, extremely knowledgeable. He’s also known for plowing through a lot of material in short order, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Keith Vincent
Intermediate Training

Keith Vincent, author of the Visualizer training videos found everywhere in Eclipse, is a long-time Eclipse user, trainer, and tester. He has worked closely with Jeremy for 20 years to help test and shape new features in Eclipse. He’s also an accomplished speaker who has given dozens of webinars and seminars around the world. Keith knows his subject and how to teach it.

Steve Kosmata
Basic Training

Steve Kosmata is also a long-time Eclipse user and trainer and has attended our conferences MANY times as an attendee as well as one of our amazing instructors. Steve has the patience and deep keel it takes to work with reporters who are new to Eclipse. It’s not hard. It’s just new and different and Steve is the perfect guide to help you learn how to use it.

Expanded Training

Collaboration using Connection Magic

An Eclipse event unto itself with Jeremy Thorne & Keith Vincent

Last year Jeremy, with Keith’s assistance, unveiled a fascinating new seminar titled, “Taking Control: How To Get Better Translation Results in Eclipse.” It was hugely popular and covered areas of interest to users at all levels. This year he’s got another one up his sleeve, one that’s equally compelling. Jeremy and Keith will cover the broad topic of collaboration, a subject much on the minds of Eclipse users because of Connection Magic, the Next Big Thing that’s in v6.

But it’s much wider and deeper than Connection Magic, as powerful and revolutionary as that feature is. There are and always have been many different ways to collaborate with other users and many potential issues. There are reporter/scopist teams, proofreaders, reporters doing job-sharing on the same case, multi-day indexes between reporters, collaboration between users on different CAT systems using RTF, dealing with audio, dealing with appending or dividing transcripts, transcript delivery options, just to name a few. Jeremy and Keith are going to cover this wide-ranging and incredibly relevant topic on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss this one! There’s something for every Eclipse user in here.

SearchMaster, 20/20 Punctuation and
Working with Windows 7 & 8

Jim & Lynda Barker are going to present seminars on three different topics this year:  SearchMaster (what it is and how to use it most effectively); "20/20 Punctuation" (20 things to always do and 20 things to never do when punctuating transcripts); and "Working with Windows 7 & 8" (productivity tips and tricks for Win7 and how to modify Win8’s interface so you don’t lose your ever-lovin’ mind). Click Here for a Video Preview of these seminars!

"20/20 Punctuation":  When it comes to the punctuation of the English language, the hottest ticket going on Facebook is "Jim Barker’s Court Reporters Forum" where Jim, Margie Wakeman Wells, and a host of other top-notch wordsmiths address (and resolve) perplexing punctuation problems. Based on the interaction between the 700+ members of that group, Jim will be presenting to you not only the punctuation issues that seem to come up the most often -- he will provide you with the solutions.

"Working with Windows 7 & 8":  Jim provides remote support for SearchMaster, meaning that he remotely connects to the computers of his customers when they need assistance. In the process of doing so, Jim has identified the Win7 and Win8 features that seem to cause the most confusion for his customers, the solutions to which will be the basis of his "Working with Windows 7 & 8" seminar.

Assisting Jim in all three of his seminars will be his lovely wife, Lynda Batchelor Barker, RDR, FAPR, and past chair of NCRA’s CAPR Committee and Distance Learning Committee.

Marybeth Everhart & Realtime Coach

Better Your Odds on Certification Exams


Let’s face it, those initials behind our names mean more than just another nametag ribbon! They mean that we are highly capable professionals who have paid the price for professional recognition; we have more clout and can demand higher rates for our work, and we care about constant learning and refined skills—we’re ready!

So how do we prep for and pass the certification skills tests?

Marybeth will share valuable tips and hints, with proven preparation processes, and provide crucial test day patterns for success. You can do it and Marybeth will show you how. She’ll have you cheering (not swearing) when you hear: "Ready? Begin!"

Up Your Game with myRealtimeCoach


You attend the Eclipse Users Group seminars and other conventions for a number of reasons: To learn more about the amazing Eclipse software, to network with fellow reporters & reconnect with old friends, and to refine your professional skills! You know that better writing means more personal time and less editing. More revenue and profit. More opportunity for better jobs. More job security and upgraded certifications. But how do you achieve that?

The key is to ramp your writing up a notch and even stretch to realtime. Thousands are using myRealtimeCoach™ to achieve these benefits! Come and see the latest developments with the most successful reporter skill-building system on the planet. Nearly two million practice hours have been logged by myRTC users. Receive instant feedback on your writing mistakes and patterns, as well as targeted, personalized practice solutions that solve nagging issues. Even use your own practice material and still get realtime performance evaluation and support. Plus PDCs!

Marybeth is a seasoned, practical reporter and trainer who will give you all the info and motivation you need—plus giveaways and discounts!