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Leading and Recording An Informal Meeting

Recordings of informal meetings can be hidden treasure.  Some meetings are called with a particular goal in mind.  And sometimes […]

Recordings of informal meetings can be hidden treasure.  Some meetings are called with a particular goal in mind.  And sometimes we get together just to see what will happen.  We might be trying to solve a problem. We might be airing new ideas, reporting on research, arguing over best practices.  Maybe everyone ended up in the lunchroom at the same time and things got popping.  Did anyone call a stenographer?

Make a recording!

With so many people carrying a smartphone, it can be straightforward and unobtrusive to record a discussion.  Recording an informal meeting is easy.  Now, how do you lead the meeting to maximize your benefit? With a transcription service on your side you can receive a transcript of your meeting, edited for clarity, within hours.  Check with the other people, and record it with your phone. Upload the files at the Tigerfish website (just go to the ORDER HERE button) and choose which speed of service you want.  It can all be done online. Then share the transcript with the group. This can be the basis for further discussions, online or in person, formal or informal.

If you find yourself in an intriguing discussion and decide to record it, take the lead!  It can be useful if someone facilitates, especially if more than five people are taking part.  If you want to be that helpful and fearless person, here are some tips for having a fruitful informal meeting that will produce a useful recording:

Define a topic.

If there isn’t a preset topic, you can help define topics as they emerge.  This will help push the talk into useful areas.

Foster openness.

Allow the group to choose topics organically and approach them from diverse perspectives.  Don’t let one group or perspective dominate.  Appreciate difference and try to find the common threads.

Encourage equal participation.

Ask questions, elicit opinions, help people be heard.

Summarize and clarify ideas and arguments.

This moves discussions forward, makes people feel valued, and minimizes misunderstanding.

Conclude the meeting when appropriate.

Recap important points and what the next steps might be.

Lively discussion arises spontaneously.  Meetings happen all the time.  Record them.  With Tigerfish Transcribing you can harness that energy and find out what everyone’s talking about.

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Conference Transcription: Top 5 Reasons

Why hire a transcription service for your conference transcription?  You have spent the better part of a year preparing for […]

Why hire a transcription service for your conference transcription?  You have spent the better part of a year preparing for a national conference.  People are flying in from Chicago, Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco, and New York.  The schedule is full, and the presentation rooms are packed.

It takes a great deal of work and money to organize a conference, and the power of assembling so many minds and links to networks leads to unique opportunities.

How can you maximize the potential power of the event?  How will it have the most lasting impact?

 

Hire a transcription service for the best conference transcription

 

People take notes; they might even make recordings of presentations and meetings.  But without actual conference transcription, much of what might be gained can slip through the cracks.  Here are five reasons it is worth your while to hire the best transcription service to provide you with transcripts of your seminar or conference:

 

  1. Report:  Use transcripts of the keynote speech and main presentations to provide a report of the event for departments in your company who were not part of the conference.
  2. Summarize:  Even for direct participants, large conferences can be overstimulating.  Following up with summaries of presentations and talks can make the difference between usable material and memories lost in a whirlwind.
  3. Archive:  Create a database of presentations, focus group discussions, and speeches from the conference, so that the content is searchable.  Equip your company with the information generated in its most usable form.
  4. Clarify:  If some participants are present via webcasts or other long-distance technologies, technical issues can interfere with absolute clarity.  Furnishing people with a transcript afterwards allows full take-home by all concerned.
  5. Extract:  Sometimes extracting the chief elements of a meeting makes the content most convenient to use.  It is virtually impossible to do this without a transcript!

 

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Audio Transcript: Pure Verbal Transcription

What would be a pure audio transcript?  I mean just a transcription of sound?  How do you transcribe a language […]

What would be a pure audio transcript?  I mean just a transcription of sound?  How do you transcribe a language if you don’t know it?  How do you convey in written form the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word?  For some kinds of transcription (especially in the field of linguistics) these are real questions.

This is part of a set of posts on different kinds of transcription, transcription technology, and uses of transcribing.

An Audio Transcript That’s Pronounceable

How do you create an audio transcript that shows pronunciation?  You’ve probably seen versions of this in some dictionaries.  It’s called the International Phonetic Alphabet.

trænˈskrɪpʃən

That’s how the word ‘transcription’ is shown.

Verbal Transcription:  The International Phonetic Alphabet

To help create audio transcripts that would help linguists and learners, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) was invented in the late 19th Century by a group of language teachers from England and France.  Their aim was to create a single alphabet that was usable across different languages for the study of language.  It would be able to transcribe the sounds of any language, without the messiness of word origin making spelling illogical, and without the transcriber needing to know the language.  In general it assigns one letter to each sound, and it uses primarily Latin letters.

The IPA is used in verbal transcription by language students and educators, writers of dictionaries, linguists, speech pathologists, singers, actors, and translators.  The Oxford English Dictionary uses it to represent the pronunciation of words, while most American dictionaries use some other respelling system which is more intuitively understood by readers of English.

The IPA is widely used by classical singers, especially to sing in languages other than their own.  Opera makes good use of transcription!   You may have read an English transcript at the opera in the form of surtitles, but maybe you didn’t know that the soprano singing the aria used an IPA transcript to get the right Italian pronunciations.

 

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Video Transcription and Closed Captions

When producing a video, seeking video transcription services, or doing your own transcribing from video to text, you might be […]

When producing a video, seeking video transcription services, or doing your own transcribing from video to text, you might be wondering about the relationship between closed captioning and video transcription.  What is the difference?  (And if you’re wondering about subtitling, read this.)

Both transcription and closed captioning convert speech (and sometimes other sounds) into text.

 

A transcript exists independently.  Closed captions are displayed with the video.  Video transcription produces a text document which can be read independently, on paper or screen.  Closed captions are a visual representation of the soundtrack which appears on the screen as the video plays.

A transcript may or may not include time coding.  Closed captions must use time codes and be synchronized with the sound and visuals.  In order to create closed captions, you need a time coded transcript. Then you must divide up the text to match particular moments in the video, and display the words just as they are being spoken.

Purposes of Video Transcription and Closed Captions

Transcripts have many purposes.  Just a few examples:  a creative aid, a historical document, a searchable document, a legal record.  Closed captions are made to aid communication of audio information in ‘real time’ to people with hearing difficulties, language barriers, and in environments where the audio must be muted, or where there is background noise which makes hearing difficult. In practice, captioning is also used widely by people learning languages and improving their reading skills.

Transcripts can be verbatim, or they can be edited.  Closed captioning might use a verbatim transcript or an edited transcript.

Both might include non-speech sounds, or they might be limited to spoken language.

In television, film, and other video production, video transcription services are essential for creating all varieties of text from audio visual material.  Among other things, this can include transcripts from initial footage, research interviews, rehearsals, final scripts, as well as closed captions and subtitles.
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Transcribing Audio: Visible Speech

Did you know there was a way of transcribing audio that does not require the transcriber to know the language […]

Did you know there was a way of transcribing audio that does not require the transcriber to know the language he or she is hearing?  Surprising, but true.  There is a kind of audio transcription developed to symbolize sounds based on how the sounds are made.

Picturing Sound, Transcribing Audio

This is part of a series of posts on various uses and kinds of transcription, brought to you by Tigerfish Transcribing, a San Francisco-based transcription service.

Certainly you’ve heard of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.  Not exactly the one in your pocket that you use for texting, but the one you used to hold up to your ear.  (Yup, it’s audio to text on a historic scale.)

Graham’s father, Alexander Melville Bell, researched and taught the physiology of phonetics, and was a renowned teacher of elocution, and of speech education for deaf people.  In 1864 he developed a system of transcribing audio by notating the movements of the tongue, throat, and lips during talking in order to help deaf people learn to speak.  Called Visible Speech, it is a kind of phonetic notation.  All vocal sounds are conveyed using a set of specific symbols.  This could give visual feedback to profoundly deaf people about the sounds they were making.

Melville also saw great potential for his system as a kind of universal alphabet that transcended language barriers.  It was subtle enough that someone reading a transcript made using Visible Speech would reproduce the regional accent of the original speaker.  Bell employed his son to demonstrate this, leaving audiences flabbergasted.

Visible speech was the first system of transcription of phonetic sounds that was not specific to a particular language.  And it is unusual as a dream for an international language, in that it is based on sound, not meaning.  It was the precursor to the International Phonetic Alphabet, which uses the Roman alphabet.

 

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Make a Statement with Business Transcription

What are some of the best reasons to hire a business transcription service to transcribe your corporate event? Are you […]

What are some of the best reasons to hire a business transcription service to transcribe your corporate event?

Are you sponsoring a trade show in Seattle?  Hire a transcription service!  Are you giving a keynote in Chicago?  Transcribe it!  Will you be participating in a development meeting in New York?  You guessed it – get it transcribed.

 

Business Transcription Can Help You!  Here are Five Ways

When you are hosting a business event such as a seminar, organizing a business conference or trade show, or launching a new product or service, you want to maximize the take-home for your efforts. You want your clients, colleagues, and collaborators to reap the best of what you have to offer.  You want the effects of the seminar to reverberate, and continue to generate business long after the live event is over. With this in mind,  I’ve put together a small list of some of the potential benefits of business transcription.  Here are five top reasons to use a quality business transcription service to provide transcripts of your business seminar:

 

  1. Make a statement:  With a transcript, it is easy to publish excerpts of keynote speeches, new product presentations,  and Q and A sessions on your website as part of a report about the event.
  2. Share:  You can efficiently share content from the seminar with team members who were not present.
  3. Evaluate:  Use transcripts to review what was said and evaluate effectiveness.
  4. Publish:  Reuse parts of speeches and discussions in your business blog.
  5. Market the event:  Hand over the transcripts of relevant presentations to your marketing department for use when planning next year’s event.  Find out what excited people, why they came – it will all be there in writing!

Well, there you have it.  Not all of it though – more on this topic next time!

 

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