We’re not going to lie to you — transcribing can be a tedious task that requires a lot of concentration and patience. Transcription is required in many professional fields, including law, law enforcement, social work, medical, and many more, and is hard to avoid in many cases. The art of recording audio and transcribing it to have the content and information in one safe, physical location can be a long process. And it can be even harder when the speaker that you’re transcribing stutters, doesn’t enunciate words, or speaks unclearly. This, in turn, makes the transcription not only difficult to do, but inaccurate. As a transcriptionist, your job is to produce the most accurate and effective product as possible. So how do you ensure that you’re transcribing thoroughly and efficiently in even the most difficult of circumstances?
In today’s blog post, we’re going to share some advice for transcriptionists in the event that they are transcribing audio and the speaker is difficult to understand. This duty can become difficult when the speaker is hard to understand. If you find yourself getting frustrated with your transcribing process, you’re going to want to continue reading and then sign up for LawRecorder, our record and transcribe app.
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
What Do You Do When You Can’t Understand The Speaker In Your Transcription?
Many people have stutters — it is a fairly common speech impediment throughout the world. As a transcriptionist, or as a professional in any field that utilizes the art of transcription, it’s essential to learn how to transcribe efficiently even when the speaker has difficulty speaking clearly. Learning this skill will take you far in your profession and will make the act of transcribing that much more effective.
Here are some tips for efficient transcribing under difficult situations.
Write Out The Exact Stutter
When you recognize that you’re transcribing a stutter, your first instinct might be to avoid the stutters and focus on the words that the speaker is trying to say. While this is intuitive, don’t do this. Instead, take the extra time to write out the exact stutter. For example, if someone is saying “thought” but it comes out “th-th-th-thought,” write it out exactly that way. It might look and sound funny to you, but in the long-run, you’ll be working toward an effective and accurate transcription. Later on, you will focus on the actual words the speaker is trying to say. But first, be sure to include the stutter and the nuances of the speaker.
Weed Out The Verbatim And Type Up The Final Product
After you have transcribed everything verbatim, including the stutter, it’s time to weed out what is unnecessary. The point of including the nuances of the speech in the first place is to ensure that you’re recording exactly what the speaker is saying. While it takes a few extra minutes to type of the stutter, it may provide you with information you would have missed otherwise, thus affecting the accuracy of the transcription as a whole. Once you have transcribed all the stutters and nuances, you can take another look to make sure the speaker’s message is getting accurately translated even with the stutter.
Focus On The Actual Words
Now it’s time to focus on the actual words. Once you have weeded out the stutter, you can take a look at the entire transcription to make sure you are fully understanding what the speaker is trying to say. In many professions with research and legal jargon, transcription documents need to be error free. Once you have ensured that you have transcribed exactly what the speaker was saying, you can type up the final document with the factual and error-free wording.
How Our Record And Transcribe App Can Make Your Transcription Process Easier
Transcribing stutters or not, ensuring that your document is accurate can be hard. If you are dealing with a transcription with stutters, it is essential to take a few extra minutes to make sure everything is as accurate as possible. To make the transcription process easier, download LawRecorder, a record and transcribe app for the legal, paralegal, law enforcement, and social work professions. Learn more about it today and download for a free 10-minute trial.