Why is it that people can't admit that they did something wrong? But noooooo,
they either try to sweep it under the rug (like who is going to look for it there ...) or they immediately point the finger
and say that someone else did it. The "someone else blame game" always occurs when that person is not in the room
or haven't worked there for ages.
What is wrong with simply admitting
you did something or you didn't do something?
At what age did the innocense
of childhood disappear?--when kids didn't know how to lie or to blame?
admit to anything I do wrong, but I WILL NOT take the blame for someone else's finger pointing because they simply are not
man enough or woman enough to stand up to the plate and admit that they messed up.
When I quit making mistakes, I might as well die. How about you?
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Yesterday I received a phone call from a woman in need of a transcript. I probably
do just as many transcripts for the general public as I do for lawyers. I began with my normal questions that I always ask
at the beginning of a phone conversation:
1. How as the audio recorded?
Answer: Using a hand-held
2. How many people on the audio?
Answer: Two. My husband and another
3. Was the other man aware the conversation was being recorded?
Answer: Yes. The recorder
was placed in the middle of a table.
4. Is the audio legible?
Now most people usually
lie when I ask this question. Answer: Well, no. The conversation took place in the middle of a Starbucks and you hear all
the background conversation and noise.
The woman expects me to give
her a rock-solid (and rock bottom) price right then and there on the phone. I won't give an estimate, let alone a final price
before ever starting the project without first listening to the audio. I believe that is even spelled out several times on
my web page. I did tell her my hourly rate and that a "good quality" audio usually takes 4:1 meaning four times
the length of the audio. I continued that the poorer the quality of the audio, the higher and further apart the time it takes
to complete and the audio recording time. I've had such bad and poorly recorded audio that it took me 11:1. Gasping in disbelief,
this woman continues that "it's not all that bad" -- my how it changes from not being clear due to background noise
and conversations to "it's not all that bad" !!!
My final question was because of the poorly recorded audio, do they want it true verbatim?
Answer. Well, yes -- we will probably
have to use it in a court proceeding. She continued that her husband had already listened to it and typed out most of
it, but that she refuses to type it for him.
Okay. Let me get this
right -- your husband and a man talked in a Starbucks. The conversation was recorded on a hand-held digital recorder. Because
of the number of people in Starbucks and the noise from background conversations and all the coffee shop noise, the audio
is less than pristine. Your husband has listened to it and typed out most of it, but because it is probably going to end up
in court, you want a professionally transcribed verbatim audio transcript to present to the court?
Once again I told her that I would not quote her a price until I actually briefly listened
to the audio, but I again told her about the 4:1 ratio standard that 99.9% of transcriptionists fall into. She told me that
the audio was only 36 minutes. I told her that transcription was not done in "real" time and that there was no way
36 minutes of audio would only take 36 minutes to transcribe.
in trying to get me to discount my rates, she told me that she had found someone else that quoted a $1.50 per minute. I refuse
to negotiate my rates with a low-ball client, so in concluding the call I simply told her to "go for it."
I have known more than one transcript that determined the outcome of a trial. This has
been my profession for far too many years than bicker with a client or a "maybe" client that begins with wanting
to nickle and dime the price of a transcript that can be a deciding point in a trial. I actually wish the woman and her husband
good luck -- the question that I bit my tongue from asking was: Yes, but how many minutes is the $1.50 transcriptionist going
Sometimes it is better just to keep my humor to myself.
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