The recipe for a successful transcriber!

To be a successful audio transcriber you need a host of skills in your armoury.

You must have:

  • Accuracy Misrepresenting the data you are transcribing could radically alter its meaning and make the transcription redundant. In order to provide the client with valuable, usable information you must ensure that the audio is transcribed precisely and accurately.

  • Focus To transcribe audio into written text requires enormous levels of concentration and attention. If you need to listen to the same piece of audio several times in order to capture each comment, the whole process is going to be a lot slower and more arduous than it ought to be.

  • Analytical abilities When performing edited transcripts, you need to be able to analyse and interpret the commentary instantaneously. You must be able to capture the exact sense of the audio whilst omitting verbal errors and non verbal interaction such as coughing. Having an instinctive sense of what to include and what to disregard will ensure the quality of the end transcription.

  • Keyboard skills Though this may seem insignificant, if your fingers can’t keep up with what your brain is processing, you are not going to be able to transcribe the audio before you forget what’s been said!

  • Specific project knowledge Sometimes, the audio you need to transcribe will be full of jargon or specific industry-related vocabulary. Naturally, good transcribers will need to be aware of what specific language they are likely to encounter in order to guarantee accuracy.

  • Language comprehension Speech differs greatly from the written word and is more likely to be less formal. A thorough understanding of the language that you are transcribing will ensure that you express any verbal nuances with skill and clarity.

At AudioSense, our inhouse team of transcribers from around the globe have all the requisite skills to deliver first class, edited transcriptions in any language.