Update Your Blog on the Go
In her latest post "7 Ways to Get More From Social Media in 2010", blogger Lisa Barone states that you must make time for social media and plan for it in order for it to be effective. However, many SMB owners and managers are too busy running with the day-to-day activities of their business to find the time to update their blog. ...

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No Hidden Surprises with our Transcription Service
Recently, one of my computers was infected with a virus. What was most surprising, even shocking, was that this computer had an up-to-date anti-virus program by one of the larger manufacturers. However, this program did absolutely nothing to stop the advance of the well-known "Anti-Virus System Pro Software" virus, which has been floating around for many months and produces scads of pop-ups with various distasteful windows and prompts one to buy their software. Not only did this anti-virus software from this company (Company 1) not have a recovery CD available to try and thwart the virus, but their customer support line urged that you purchase additional services to the tune of $79.95 to have their technicians actively cleanse your computer and rid it of the virus. ...

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Parents: Kids and the Swine Flu, Your Job Need Not Suffer Too
According to a recent AP article on swine flu school closings, more than 187 school dismissals have been related to the H1N1 swine flu, affecting almost 80,000 students. 80,000 students staying home means many parents having to stay at home from work. Staying home from work might mean missing that critical meeting or sales call. ...

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TTE Transcription and Wendy's Double Stack: Great Values
You may be thinking to yourself right now, "Self, what does this burger have to do with transcription and translation?" The answer is: directly, nothing. However, this burger, which happens to be a Wendy's (r) Double Stack, is a great value. You can buy this burger as shown for 99 cents in most markets. But the REAL value is in knowing that you can also add mayo, lettuce and tomato for free. So, for just under a dollar, you get a lot of burger. Now that is a great value. We at TTE Transcripts are all about value, too. We love giving our customers many ways that they can save money while still getting the most service for their buck. ...

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Transcription: Making Neat Piles of Snow
Dictate Life-Changing Moments
Last weekend, I was over at my friend's house to celebrate her son's second birthday. Besides the little boy, she also has two girls, one being a one-month old newborn. I sat there watching the children running around and playing and the newborn sleeping in someone's arms. I am expecting my first child this winter. I got to thinking about the baby books that we have the best intention of keeping to record those precious moments. With all the chaos going on around me, I would be shocked if my friend told me she was able to record all those moments into baby books, especially having to record two books at the same time. ...

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Have You Written Your Letters of Love?
I love when my family gathers for Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays or just weekend get-togethers. Besides doing a lot of eating, my parents always talk about the "days of old" when they were kids, what they did for fun, what jobs they had growing up, what my grandparents were like when they were my age, and so on. All my grandparents passed before I was 20 years old, and we lived in a different state from them, so I cherish any stories that my parents can relay regarding my family history. Now that my mom is turning 79 this year, and my dad just turned 81, I worry about keeping those stories for my children. ...

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Using Transcription in Documenting an Investigative Statement
Recently, Steven N. Malitz, attorney and partner at Arnstein & Lehr's Litigation Group, and David Zulawski, senior partner at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. wrote a blog entitled "Taking and Documenting a Statement" for the General Counselor describing the best practices for taking and documenting a statement in investigative interrogation. Mr. Malitz and Mr. Zulawksi suggest, under the heading of "Types of Statements", that an investigative interrogator should record a witness's or suspect's statement and then have the recording transcribed and included in the file or case management system. ...

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World's Top Ten Languages
Here are the top ten languages in the world, including native speakers and estimates of secondary speakers: ...

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Notable Meetings: Put Down the Pen!
One of our prospective clients recently commented to me that she has been after management for six years (yes, six years!) to have their weekly staff and sales meetings transcribed, as well as their online conference calls. She knows that notes have to be taken at the meeting, but finds it hard to participate if you are constantly looking down at your paper hurriedly jotting down all that is being said. ...

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Creating Great Audio Recordings
Soft or muffled voices, words mumbled or spoken quickly, people speaking at the same time, background noises. Things that occur over and over again in everyday conversation, many times when we aren't even aware of it. Yet in everyday face-to-face conversations and meetings the essence of what is being said can often be understood by the accompanying body language or written materials. Understanding can come in spite of challenges from voice projection, speech articulation, or background noises because of contextual clues. With audio recordings, however, the opposite is true. The more difficulty with voice projection and articulation the speakers have, the faster someone talks, the more often people speak at the same time, the noisier the environment, the farther away someone is from the microphone - the less understandable the audio is since there are no contextual clues. To help ensure a successful dictation and transcription project and to achieve optimal audio recordings, TTE's CEO Terry Thompson offers the following six tips: ...

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Committed to Achieving Work/Life Balance
I was sitting at the kitchen table yesterday with my sister-in-law talking about balancing work and family. She works part-time, is back in college at the tender age of 51, has two college-aged children, and is married to my brother (a job in itself!) I’ve run a transcription and translation business for the last 23 years, have a husband, two girls, six cats and two dogs. Whew, I get tired even thinking about it! It did get me thinking, though, what do I do to achieve balance in my work and home life? ...

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Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and IdeaScribe: Speak What You See
Crime scene investigation is a daunting job; every bit of evidence at the crime scene can give clues to solving the case and catching the perpetrator. Naturally, you want to record your observations down on paper. However, focusing on your notebook and then looking up and refocusing on your crime scene may cause you to overlook a vital detail when you first come on the scene. We have a solution for you: ...

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Skype It, Record It, Transcribe It
For the users of Skype, there is an easy way to get your telephone or video conversations recorded and transcribed. Prior to making a conference call on Skype, be sure to set up an account with us at TTE Transcripts. ...

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Documenting Webex and GoToMeeting Events Through Transcription
If you are hosting a Webex or GoToMeeting event, be sure to get a written record of your recorded event. By having your event transcribed, you have a detailed account of what was said. This will help you to avoid any misunderstandings between the participants and it will be much easier for you to find who said what at a particular point in the event. ...

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