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8 Steps to Quality Dictation

  1. Read your user manual thoroughly and ensure you know how the equipment works, which button does what etc.
  2. If you are recording a meeting, conference or multi-speaker event, we do recommend the use of specialist equipment. If you are unsure of which equipment to use, please consult an audio technician.
  3. Try to avoid using voice activated recorders as the recorder takes a moment to start-up, resulting in the start of each sentence being cut off.
  4. Before commencing dictation, ensure you have any paperwork and other information you may need to refer to. If you are dictating and discover you need to find further information, stop the machine. When you start your equipment, pause for a moment before speaking, and wait for a moment after you have finished speaking before switching it off to ensure that none of your dictation is missed.
  5. Speak clearly into the microphone at the recommended distance from your dictation equipment (refer to the user manual) to ensure the best quality recording. Speak at a regular pace and remember to spell any unusual names, companies, technical terms, street names or places.
  6. Make your recording in a quiet environment – if possible, close doors and windows. Background noise, including radios, can distort words when recording, increasing the likelihood of errors.
  7. Dictate punctuation such as commas, full stops, parentheses, new paragraph etc. This will minimise editing later on.
  8. When the recording is completed, please say “end of dictation” so we know that the dictation is finished.