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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BLOG - Can transcription irritate my ears?
hearing.jpgI am always in awe at the search engines/search phrases that find me.

"Can transcription irritate my ears?"

1. If referring to listening to the vulgarity and obscenities that go hand-in-hand with recorded statements, etc., and worried that you will go deaf as your parents always warned -- it won't happen!

2. If you are referring to irritation because of putting the "ears" or earphones into your ears or the need to push them further and further in when trying to make out a word or phrase, then yes, you will probably experience irritation. There are all sorts of earphones -- buds that go inside your ears, earphone that only cover your ears, bulky headsets that completely cover your ear, noise-canceling headsets. Heck, you even have the choice of bypassing earphones and playing the audio as loud as you want and irritating any animal or person within hearing distance.

3. If worried about radiation, you don't have to worry until you begin glowing green in the dark of night.

Obviously, anyone that even has to ask the question of transcription irritating their ears, has NEVER transcribed any kind of audio dictation/transcription in their life -- but now they want to be an up-and-coming transcriptionist.
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4:24 pm mdt 

Friday, August 21, 2009

BLOG - Listen before speaking
headinsand.jpgRecently my cell rang --

caller: Uh, hi. Are you a placement agency?

me: No. I work independently and don't hire or place subcontractors. I'm also not a temporary employment office.

caller: Yeah, well, I found you on the Internet -- Carolyn's word processing.

me: I come up under many search phrases.

caller: Uh, um, do you hire anyone?

me: I protect my client's (and their client's) privacy and confidentiality. As I said earlier, I do the work myself and don't sub or farm my client's work out. I have been self-employed and working independently without the need of hiring employees and/or subcontractors since 1992. I don't see that changing anytime in the future.

caller: Do you think that will change?

me: What will change -- the way I handle privacy and confidentiality or subcontractors/employees?

caller: Well, everything.

me: tired of this cat and mouse chase, I simply clicked my phone shut without saying anything further.


This person has obviously seen my web page. I haven't actually counted the number of times my site states that I don't use subcontractors. But then again, why bother to read  -- when you can't even get your head out of the sand to ACTUALLY hear.

Transcription is not just typing -- it is hearing and listening. Even if I were buried with work and couldn't see the light, I would never consider contacting this individual. My husband has a saying that it is hard to see where you're going when your head is up your A$$ --- apparently, it is also hard to hear! 

And this one phone conversation is the reason I do ALL the work myself and don't use subcontractors or farm out my client's work -- can you undestand H-E-L-L-0?
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7:34 am mdt 

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With a typing speed of 120 wpm, Carolyn Bodley began offering independent contractor/secretarial and transcription services to the Denver metro legal community in 1992.

I am not a court reporter or medical transcriptionist and I don't videotape depositions -- I'm strictly a legal transcriptionist which means putting spoken words on paper. All my transcripts contain a certification stating that to the best of my knowledge, belief and ability, the audio/video I received has not been altered in any way, and the transcript is true, accurate and complete. I have never been advised that a court rejected one of my audio or video transcripts. If my transcript is rejected by the court, you will be reimbursed in full for my services. Because I certify that the transcript is true and complete, the entire audio/video must be transcribed--I am unable to transcribe "just a portion" that you need. 

I guarantee that your transcripts will be typed confidentially, accurately and with attention to detail at a fair price.

  • Discovery is often turned over in a format other than hard copy. This discovery includes, but is not limited to, recorded telephone conversations, police interviews, depositions, investigations, witness statements, and more. The audio and video "words" need to be put to paper, and your already overworked legal staff often don't have the skills, equipment, the inclination or the time.
  • Discovery is often the deciding factor of whether a case goes to trial. Most of us hear, but do we listen? Recently I transcribed a video that had been viewed and listened to several times and by several people before I transcribed it. There was a one sentence statement that not one person caught -- this one sentence was not the only reason the case was dismissed one day before trial--however, it carried quite a bit of weight -- and I'm the only one that "heard" it. Had the video never been transcribed, how many other words would never have been heard?

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