Founders, CEOs, experts, and leaders representing their companies at various industry interactions, corporate events, and exhibitions often deliver speeches, address gatherings, or take part in panel discussions. They also speak at press briefings, analyst meetings, webinars, television programs, and radio broadcasts. These speeches carry insightful information, anecdotes and references that can be useful for a business. This is a wealth of knowledge and should be documented.
What is Transcription for Business?
Transcription (trans is to cross and scripting is to write) refers to longform writing using spoken content. It requires recording (audio or video) the person/ participants in the conversation and later converting the audio to written words (verbatim). A written transcript serves as reference material for further content repurposing.
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The Importance of Transcription
- Allows Better Engagement
Oftentimes, audiences (especially journalists and corporate communication teams) are busy jotting down notes and details during interviews, interactions, and even conference calls. This leaves them incapable of engaging the speaker into a meaningful Q&A and discussion. If the audience is assured that a transcript of the interaction will be made available to them, they can skip taking notes and concentrate on the proceedings.
Interviews, conferences, and other events often yield fantastic insights about a subject. It could be facts, figures, quotes, anecdotes, motivational messages – transcribing such recordings helps preserve these thoughts, and aids in their distribution through various mediums and platforms.
- Legal Uses
Official transcripts of verbal agreements and discussions can help organizations during litigations and disputes. Such a record or formal documentation is usually permissible in the court of law and serves as a valid proof.
- Ready Reference
Important details, when transcribed and preserved, saves time and effort, while trying to recollect minute details about a conversation that had taken place a considerable time ago.
Types of Transcription Services
- Business Transcription Services
For businesses, transcription is required to record meetings, interviews, dictations, boardroom policies, seminars, lectures, reports, etc. By transcribing these events, businesses can keep essential information documented for future reference.
- Insurance Transcription Services
Insurance companies transcribe reports, records, and investigative notes. Maintaining comprehensive records of proceedings help them safeguard their interests against litigations and misrepresentations.
- Legal Transcription Services
Lawyers and courts use transcription services for documenting court hearings, public hearings, meetings, interrogations, depositions, wiretaps, and other matters of legal importance. Such transcriptions are crucial in legal proceedings.
- Academic Transcription Services
Transcribing events, lectures, and conferences for referencing and archiving is beneficial for both the students and the teachers. It helps maintain consistency in teaching and serves as ready-reference for academic purposes.
- Medical Transcription Services
Medical transcription includes records of doctors’ notes, clinical reports, operative procedures, laboratory reports, physical and psychiatric evaluations, etc. It is used to maintain systematic healthcare documentation.
- Government Transcription Services
Government transcriptions include public and confidential records, interviews, council meetings, rallies, etc. Government transcripts are usually of historical, political, and administrative significance.
- Video Transcription Services
Transcribing a video helps viewers read what they’ve just heard, especially if the content is packed with information. Search engines also prefer textual content with videos and can lead to better SEO. Additionally, it makes the video applicable for hearing-impaired individuals too.
- Podcast Transcription Services
The applicability of podcasts can be enhanced by publishing its transcription. It is ideal to provide a well-documented text of the podcast as a supplement. In addition, it also makes the podcast accessible to a wider audience and aids SEO.
Techniques and Tips for Transcription
- Typing Speed
To be a successful transcriber, one needs to be swift with the keyboard. Simultaneous typing and hearing warrants speed, cognition, and accuracy with the keys.
- Patience and Practice
Unlike typing, transcription engages both, the visual as well as the auditory senses. Listening to the track, understanding the context, and typing it accurately needs patience and practice.
- Research and Knowledge
Ideally, transcription should be done by a subject matter expert. Being able to hear and understand the technical terminology (jargon) and inferring the correct sense and meaning with the context requires expertise.
- Understanding the Requirements
It is highly recommended that one creates a transcription style guide. It answers pertinent questions like – Does the audio need to be transcribed verbatim, including pauses, and fillers? Can the transcriber polish the content to leave out incomplete or rephrased thoughts? It also lists out preferences regarding language usage, format, time-stamps, etc.
- Prepare the Ergonomics
Transcribing can be a long and demanding task. Comfortable and functional equipment is required to lower fatigue and improve accuracy, and speed.
The Benefits of Outsourcing Transcription
Transcription requires a specialized skill set. Outsourcing transcription jobs to specialist content agencies bring several benefits like:
- Quality and Precision
Professional transcribers possess the skills required for efficient, quick, and accurate transcription. By outsourcing to a professional transcription services agency, you can rest assured about the quality.
- Skill and Technology
Transcription agencies have more trained staff, transcription equipment and infrastructure, which makes outsourcing a cost-effective option.
Agencies can offer a shorter turnaround time. When you engage a content agency with in-house subject matter experts, you can rest assured that the technical terms, references, and acronyms will be identified and documented correctly.
- Legal and Other Process Requirements
Professional agencies also act as custodians for their content. This is important in case of sensitive data, where the content might be protected by passwords or is accessible only to limited individuals. In such cases a non-disclosure agreement can be signed to ensure integrity of the information.
From technical to creative, medical to legal, we have a thorough understanding of most subject matters. Our team of writers have addressed multiple domains and are comfortable transcribing from various global accents, to deliver accurate transcriptions for your business needs.
We follow strict process and quality guidelines, and are adept at managing large projects with short turnaround times.
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