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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Technology Tips – Voice Recognition
By Frank Furness

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a technology geek and have the biggest collection of gadgets imaginable. It’s so bad that every time I speak in Hong Kong, the gadget shop owners know me by name. The great thing about gadgets though, is if you use them they can increase the effectiveness of your business greatly. Each month I will be featuring a gadget, software or e-book could will increase your effectiveness.
I don’t know if anyone else is like me, but sometimes when I have appointments where I try to sell my services, I sometimes don’t take notes as comprehensively as I should and sometimes forget important points. A great gadget that has assisted me is the Olympus DS3000 digital voice recorder. Every time I leave a meeting now, I dictate file notes on exactly what went on in the meeting and action plans to follow up. When I get back to the office, I plug in one end of a cord to my voice recorder and the other end to the USB port on my computer and it downloads automatically and saves it as a sound file. Now I can listen to it whenever I want to and not forget anything important. Even better, I have also bought Dragon voice recognition software and trained it to recognise my accent. The two programmes connect and the voice file that I recorded can now be converted into a word document. It’s fantastic, I use it for my emails, dictating letters when I’m travelling, file notes and even a book that I’m writing. It’s like having a free secretary. I bought my system from a great guy, Neil Winton at voice Recognition Systems and his email is Mention my name, maybe he’ll give me a discount sometime in the future.

Frank Furness CSP CFP is a professional speaker and trainer specialising in sales and sales management. He has educated, entertained and inspired audiences in 42 countries. His publications and sales CDs have been sold globally. For more information or to sign up for the free ‘Sales Tips & Ideas’ newsletter, email or telephone+ 44 (0) 870 240 6505.

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