Wow what an old term that is – stenographer. It brings back memories of shorthand dictation, manual typewriters, carbon paper to make duplicates and 100% accuracy in spelling – without an automatic spell checker. I was glad to see some things pass us by with technological advances.
I remember sitting in the office of a new employer some years back, my first day on the job, and he asks if I can take some shorthand please. Shorthand! Who are you kidding?? That would be wasting my time - Why should I sit there and ‘take dictation’ when I could be answering the myriads of phone messages and tasks awaiting my first day, given there had been a week or more between employees! Wouldn't it be more time efficient if he bought himself a dictaphone … and I was bold enough to suggest it.
With the advances in technology there are heaps of options now available for recording dictation – whether we are drafting letters to our clients or giving instructions to our staff for some tasks to be done.
Most phones now have recording technology and there are lots of apps available for download. One that I found the other day is produced by NCH called Pocket Dictate. It was free and I was able to record from my iPhone headset. Once the recording is finished the app gives you the option to email the file to one of your contacts. Cool I reckon :)
As with all voice recordings though, we need to be careful of background noise, and if there are multiple speakers, the microphone should be placed in a position that can pick up all the voices clearly.
I am sure that if I searched wider and further afield I could find many more such programs and apps that can help you save time and money.
Oh, and by the way, yes I kept the job. No I wasn't sacked for my boldness.
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