Four Must-Have Skills For An Effective General Transcriptionist

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Do you like standing out as a general transcriptionist? Do you enjoy being referred to and seen as the go-to-person for general transcription work? Well, if you do, then master the following general transcription skills, and become an effective general transcriptionist.

Do you like standing out as a general transcriptionist? Do you enjoy being referred to and seen as the go-to-person for general transcription work? Well, if you do, then master the following general transcription skills, and become an effective general transcriptionist.

1. Listening Skills

Listening Skills

Presenting a well-written and properly formatted transcript is not only professional but demonstrates value to the client. If the file has multiple speakers know how to differentiate who is saying what and at what time. If a client has a poor audio quality or there are heavy accents you should be able to make out what’s being said, as well. Of course, there is a bonus pay for poor quality audio/accents. So, fear not. If you have a sharp ear and love these types of projects go for it. It will be worth your while. Just make sure you have the right tools to get you going.

   2. Good Typing Skills

Typing Speeds

As a professional transcriber having fast typing speeds will set you apart from the crowd. Some transcription clients do not put so much emphasis on this, but in case they do make sure you can deliver.  It is estimated that a professional transcriptionist can deliver a 60-minute audio file within 3-5 hours, depending on audio quality, number of speakers, accents etc. There are a number of places online where you can upgrade your typing skills in a matter of weeks. Check this out!

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Places to Find Typing Lessons, Games, and Tests

Peter’s Online Typing Course – Wonderful resource filled with typing lessons and exercises for beginners. It also shows you how to sit while typing. What’s appropriate and what’s not.

 Sense-lang.org! – Good resource for touch typing

Good Typing– Has 27 guided lessons that you will learn step-by-step and 23 keyboards to choose from. It’s a web-based course so you do not need to download anything.

Typing Web  – One-stop shop for typing games, tests and official certification. It’s free and has lessons for all skill levels.

Byte Back Typing Tutorial – If you are looking to speed up your touch typing skills this is definitely the place to be.  When you finish an exercise words per minute, total time, errors will be indicated on the screen so you can understand your strong and weaker areas.

    3. Good Grammar

Grammar Skills

A well formatted and grammatically correct transcript is always appealing to the reader and to the client, regardless of whether it’s verbatim or non-verbatim. You as the professional general transcriptionist that you are, make sure you use them correctly and you will have clients coming back for more.

    4. Research Skills

Google Search

In addition to having great listening skills, excellent typing skills and correct grammar, you must learn how to do research on the internet. You don’t have to be a web research expert. Just enough skills to get you that company name that you cannot clearly make out or the speaker’s name that would, otherwise, take you ages to get is the cure that you need. In turn, you will save time and energy that you can then use on other important tasks. Google is a really great resource when finding names of people/ products/companies online etc. Try to use it when caught in such a situation. Remember, Google is your friend.

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Thinking of venturing into the world of transcription? I highly recommend the Free 7-Lesson Mini Course offered by Janet Shaugnessy over at Transcribe Anywhere. She will teach you what transcription entails, whether it’s a good fit for you, how much to earn and why transcription is an in-demand skill right now.

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