Transcription: More Than Just Typing

The art of converting speech to text is an incredibly useful tool that allows you the freedom to record notes on the move, saving you huge amounts of time.

And it may be more relevant for your business than you realise.

 

The Basics

The list of tasks you could have transcribed can include anything from meeting minutes to a dictation of a research paper. Anything that can be recorded verbally in a sound file is something that could be transcribed.

Before you task someone with transcribing your audio, it’s a good idea to provide them with background knowledge of the content and context of the language involved. A verbal blog post on the topic of baking will be very different to the dictation of a technical engineering letter.

 

More Than Just Typing

Transcription is not just about being able to type fast. It is a highly specialised skill that requires just some of the following know-how:

  • Attention to detail
  • Sound spelling and excellent grammar
  • A good ear for accents
  • Knowledge of various transcription nuances
  • An excellent grasp of the language being transcribed
  • The necessary equipment
  • Appropriate experience

 

What Could Go Wrong?

The difference between a good transcription and a top quality one, is attention to detail. A misspelt word could send your project off on an unexpected tangent. The placement of a comma can change the meaning of a sentence entirely, and it could spell the difference between winning and losing a contract.

 

Getting It Right

Someone who is highly skilled in transcribing audio will know the difference between verbatim and ‘clean read’ typing, saving you both time and money.

Whether it’s an academic lecture or an investigative interview, research notes or a medical letter, a skilled transcriptionist will be able to turn your audio into a beautiful piece of writing.

 

Could you use expert transcription in your business? Get in touch today for a free quote.