Welcome to the Transcribe Like A Pro-E course! Thank you for choosing this path. Relax, enjoy and let's get started!
Attitude Adjustment a Must
I love what I do! And so do so many other online entrepreneurs and ...so will you! When you are working from home, you don't have to get dressed in a suit, you don't have to go through the hustles of commuting nor do you even have to leave your home. That's the beauty of it. However, with no boss hovering over you, success or failure is entirely up to you. This is a business just like an offline business. You get out what you put into it. If you put in 10%, you will get out 10%. If you put in 100%, you will reap the same. So, my advice is 'treat the business seriously' You are your own boss!! The potential is so amazing and with a little bit of perseverance and determination, we will get the same results and even more than many other successful online entrepreneurs are experiencing. All the best in this endeavor!
Now that we have gotten that out of the way let's continue to the reason you purchased this course in the first place. It's about transcription. Transcription is simply the conversion of audio to text. Now, transcription isn't just typing. It involves a range of skills that if you have the notion that transcription is just about typing will not lead to success. With the right attitude, you will come to enjoy transcription as I do...and make good money too!
First off, there are different types of transcription jobs. This course will cover general transcription.
The others are:
Legal transcription - This transcription requires experience and familiarity with legal terminology. As such, it usually takes experience as both a transcriber and experience in the legal profession to practice it. Impeccable grammar and a good command of the English language is of course essential. The types of material that can be transcribed by a legal transcriptionist includes recordings of court hearings, interviews, dictation by legal professionals such as lawyers, advocates, judges etc.
Medical transcription - This form of transcription requires one to be very conversant with medical terminology. One needs to be accurately transcribe patient identifying information as well as be able to consult reference materials and resources to ensure correct use of terminology. A medical transcriptionist, simply put, transcribes a medical practitioner's dictation, which are then added into the patient's medical record. Intense training is needed for one to be a highly skilled medical transcriptionist.
General Transcription - Quite simply, this involves transcribing webinars, lectures, interviews, sermons, phone messages, speeches, podcasts, videos etc.Many companies and individual clients may not require previous experience but a high level of grammar and punctuation is necessary. More skills are put in detail below:
v These are the skills needed:
Speed is important for you to be a great transcriber. On average, 40 wpm is recommended. How fast do you type? If you type too slow, you might end up being frustrated. It takes a professional transcriber with good experience 4-5 hours to transcribe a one hour audio. Sometimes there is a pressing demand to deliver files on time. But being fast is not the only thing. No client wants to receive a transcript that is riddled with errors. You need to be accurate as well.
To comprehend means to understand or to grasp. If you do not understand what you are transcribing it means the final transcript will fall short as you will not be able to put two and two together. When you are listening to that Japanese speaker it should occur to a transcriber that he is not saying "Japan is a power horse, but rather Japan is a power house". You will have deduced the speaker is talking about the economy of Japan and its overall development. Listen keenly to ensure that you understand everything clearly - pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Transcription requires you to apply common sense. Also, you must have the ability to understand the context of recordings. Figure it out!
At times, transcribers may need to fix the grammar and spelling of the recording unless specifically told not to by the client - for example when transcribing verbatim. Good grammar and spelling skills increase the transcript quality. A professional transcriptionist will spell check, grammar check and proof read. Punctuation marks make all the difference between where I put a comma and where I put a full stop. When dealing with business transcription, you have to be especially cautious for example when typing out numbers and figures. 20,000 and 2,000 is very different. It's important to have good grammar and language skills as the spell check will not always be able to check words like complement and compliment, stationery and stationary, piece and peace. Precedent and president. You get the drift, yeah?
A transcriptionist must have excellent research skills. Why? When you transcribe audios, they’ll be speakers who will talk about topics that you aren’t familiar with, strange terminology i.e audios about the medical, IT, science industry etc. Your ability to accurately research those terms goes a long way in ensuring that the transcripts is at the very least 98% accurate. How good you can research words also comes into play when you need to clarify the spelling of words e.g gratuitous, impertinent, inveterate etc.
It is important to have an enhanced ability to hear. You will come across difficult files, speakers speaking low, background noise, and multiple speakers etcetera.
Popular Phrases in Transcription
TAT- Stands for Turnaround Time. The time by which you should have delivered back the transcript. Different clients have different TAT's. 24 hour TAT for a one hour audio/video is quite sufficient as this will enable you to type, do the necessary research and proofread and be able to deliver a good quality transcript.
Timestamp- This means to mark the transcript with time codes, for example after every 5 minutes or after every 10 minutes, or at every speaker change. This will help the client to find a sentence within the audio or video without having to listen through the entire file.
Rachel: It's really amazing to me. I think its amazing to me how much has been accomplished in such a short period of time and that's why it seems like its gone so quickly. But life just seems fast to me. [00:05:00] I think that's part of getting older right. Things go so much more quickly than you'd like them to sometimes. It's alright where it is. Yeah. And we're in a constant state of motion and the forward momentum here is really strong. [00:10:00] So when I think about the last three and a half years I can almost hardly believe what has happened. But it has really been a journey for me.
Client Ready Transcript - If someone tells you they need the transcript to be client ready, it means they need you to deliver a high quality transcript, 99-100% accurate and one that will not need any editing.
Per Audio Hour - This is a common phrase in transcription. For example, when you start out, you will be looking to be paid between $10 to 15 per audio hour i.e $10 to 15 dollars per 60 minutes.
PS: When you are starting out in transcription, the most important thing is accuracy over speed. The speed will happen by itself. Don't ever sacrifice quality in favour of quantity.
Another thing, I often hire transcribers when I have overflow work and I have come across three types of transcribers. Bad, good and great/awesome transcribers. Can you spot who is who in the following samples?
Clint Eastwood: i saw the film the other day and really enjoyed it. I thought what you did was great. I dont think people will think that it is a first-time film
Angelina Jolie: Oh, thank you so much
Client Eastwood You must have had good influences along the way
Angelina Jolie Yeah, you being one of them. When i was on set with you I thought, God Clint makes this look really, really easy. And it's really not that easy but you seemed to surround yourself with great people and let them do their thing and encourage it. And i had a great team and let them do their thing and they were amazing, so I got lucky
Client Eastwood There is some heavy violence in this movie, which people don't usually associate with a woman starting out on her first film, but they don't know you as well as I do. i was also really surprised at how good the art direction was. It really added to the authenticity and the feel of the whole thing
Jolie: Oh, Clint, thank you. And that's Jon Hutman the production designer and dean semler, director of photography we had the good fortune that all the actors are from the area and lived through the war so they could call us on it if it wasn't right
Clint Eastwood You got that feeling that everybody was connected to it in some way. The actors looked authentic. Either that or they were just brilliant which maybe was the case as well
Angelina Jolie: Im biased, but I think they are a bit brilliant
Clint Eastwood: I saw the film the other day and really enjoyed it. I thought what you did was great. I don't think people will think that it is a first-time film.
Angelina Jolie: Oh, thank you so much.
Clint Eastwood: You must have had good influences along the way.
Angelina Jolie: Yeah, you being one of them. When I was on set with you I thought, 'God, Clint makes this look really, really easy'. And it's really not that easy but you seemed to surround yourself with great people and let them do their thing and encourage it. And I had a great team and let them do their thing and they were amazing, so I got lucky.
Clint Eastwood: There is some heavy violence in this movie, which people don't usually associate with a woman starting out on her first film, but they don't know you as well as I do. I was also really surprised at how good the art direction was. It really added to the authenticity and the feel of the whole thing.
Angelina Jolie: Oh, Clint, thank you. And that's Jon Hutman, the production designer and Dean Semler, director of photography. We had the good fortune that all the actors are from the area and lived through the war so they could call us on it if it wasn't right.
Clint Eastwood: You got that feeling that everybody was connected to it in some way. The actors looked authentic. Either that or they were just brilliant which maybe was the case as well.
Angelina Jolie: I'm biased, but I think they are a bit brilliant.
Clint eastwood: i so the film the othe day and realy enjoyed it i thought what you did was great i dont think people wil think that it is a first-time film
Angelina jolie: Oh, thank you so much
Client Eastwood: U must have had good influenses along the way
Angelina jolie Yeah, u being one of them when i was on set with u,iI thought, god clint makes this look really, really easy And it's really not that easy But you seemed to Surround yourself with great People and let them do there thing and Encourage it. And i had a great teem and let them do there thing and they were amazing, so I got lucky
eastwood: There is sum heavy violence in this movie, which People dont usually asociate with a woman starting out on her first film, but they don't know you as well as I do. i was also really surprised at how good the art direction was. it really added to the Athenticity and the feel of the whole thing.
Jolie: Oh, clint, thank you and that's jon hutman the production designer and dean semler, director of photography. we had the good fortune that all the actors are From the area and lived through the war, so they could call us on it if it wasn't write
Eastwood: u got that feling that eveybody was connected to it in sme way. The actors looed authentic. Eiter that or they were just briliant, which Mabe was the cas as well
Angelina jolie: am baised, but I think their a bit briliant
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