Helpful tips when transcribing.
Making a good quality transcription may not be an easy task. Our job as transcribers is to be able to recreate with the greatest accuracy what we are hearing.
While good spelling, a quiet place, and good headphones are a must, it is not everything. A drop of patience and a lot of attention are the keys necessary for an optimal result.
The vast majority at the beginning end up making the same and unproductive mistake, exchanging quantity for quality.
How to achieve a high-quality transcript?
Before you begin, it is essential to listen to the entire audio at least once. This gives our ears the ability to adapt, recognize new sounds, become familiar with a strange voice, recognize the environment, the number of speakers, etc. Although it may seem implausible, the entire context of an audio can change when you listen to it a second time.
Listen carefully to the speaker. And we are not referring to listening to his voice, on the contrary, we must learn to listen to his silences, his pauses, and his tone of voice. If we pay attention, each pause can turn into a comma, a period, or completely change the meaning of our transcription.
Details matter. When transcribing, every sound, noise, or interruption (whether from the environment, from a third party, or from the speaker) counts and must be captured through the use of tags.
Investigate. Many times you will find terms that you do not know, names of cities, companies, products, etc. Research is the key: taking the time to Google any questions that arise will allow us a higher quality final result.
When done, review your transcription. Play the audio again from the beginning, while keeping an eye on what you wrote earlier. Helping us with a spell checker can be very useful to polish those small errors that we may have missed.