Have you ever been sitting in the car, out on the balcony, or off letting your mind wander when suddenly you get a rush of ideas and need to get them to paper?
You scramble to find something to jot it all down but by the time the pen hits the paper the ideas are already fleeting and you’re left with half an attempt at recording.
Our brains process information at an astounding rate but our body lags. It’s frustrating when you come up with something great for a piece of content and it flutters away by the time you sit down to write.
The topic for this affiliate quick tip, as the title implies, is getting those thoughts out there, faster, through the use of transcription services.
The Very Basics of Transcription Services
Here’s how it usually goes down:
A. A client has a recording they need to be transcribed to text
B. The client seeks an individual qualified in the field of transcription
C. An agreement is made and the audio is handed over
D. The client waits while the transcriptionist goes to work
E. At a point there transcriptionist may need verification on certain words and terms
F. Edits and revisions are done and the transcriptionist hands over the completed work
G. The client now has text created from their audio (or video) file
Fairly straight and forward, wouldn’t you agree?
Getting Into the Details
Most of us have no issues explaining what we know when done so in a conversation (think about the last time you were talking about work with a buddy of yours). The words just flow with ease but when you get down to actually writing it all out your fingers can’t keep up with those thoughts and a lot of great tid-bits of information and insights are lost in the flow.
Here’s really all you need to do:
A. Purchase a high quality voice recorder device
Ab. Alternatively – Purchase a high quality microphone and use a tool like Audacity to record
B. Outline what you will discuss using bullet points (create a slideshow for yourself if you need)
C. Stick to explaining the topic in a casual manner (avoiding industry jargon) so your average (eventual) reader will have no troubles in understanding the message.
D. Clear your throat, speak loudly and with clarity, and take breaks between sections to give your throat a rest (plus so you can collect your thoughts).
E. Seek out a transcription service (there are many out there); look at their qualifications, their natural language, deliverability, and pricing (which is generally done per word or could be negotiated per project). Sign up for their service and send them the audio file.
F. Work with the person if there are any issues such as helping them understand a word or term you may have used.
G. Receive the transcription and do your final editing (like adding pictures, expanding on a topic, or adding links), and then publish!
Going the transcription route can save tons of time if you’re the type that can’t get all those ideas and thoughts onto the screen in time before they evaporate into the ether.
- You could talk a full piece of content in 5 minutes vs writing it over the course of an hour
- The transcriptionist should have editorial experience and can make necessary changes
- You can continue to work on other tasks while this service is being taken care of
So when you consider time is money you’re really getting the win/win in this situation. You get those ideas into content, it comes at a respectable fee, and you’re still moving ahead with the next while it’s being doing.
Just think of how many great pieces of content you could get together in a timely fashion to push all those affiliate offers!
Give it a try sometime and see how you like it. It could cut dozens of hours’ worth of content creation from your work time during the week.