If you are self-employed, do you take business enquiry calls when you are on holiday?
This is often a polarising question, some will tell you, "No, you should have a complete break from work"; others will say "Yes, you don't want to lose business".
"In business, it's who you know that counts." - WRONG!
This is one of the biggest misconceptions.
"Make the best use of your time, only answer emails twice a day" say a lot of "time-saving experts". I don't agree with this.
When you want to digitally record an interview, meeting, etc., you need to consider both quality of the recording and the size of the resultant file. There is no point having a very small file size (say less than 1MB) if the recording quality is so poor you can't make out what is being said. However, if you go to the other extreme and have the highest quality, then the resultant file size will be HUGE.
Although you need to hold a meeting with one, or more, people, sometimes getting together in the same location simply isn't possible, and you have to resort to the telephone (or Skype).
When VR will work and when it won't...
It sounds so simple: get some voice recognition (or, more accurately, voice-to-text) software, get it set up, then play your audio recordings of dictation, interviews, meetings, focus groups, seminars, etc., into the microphone and let the computer do all the hard work of the actual transcription...
Ah, if only life were that simple.
For some interviews or meetings, making notes (or taking Minutes) is fine, however, there are certain times when having an audio recording would be far more beneficial. It ensures accuracy and, should the need arise, it can be used to ascertain exactly who said what.
Recording an interview, meeting, focus group or brain-storming session (from this point forward I will use "meeting" to represent all of these) is a great way to ensure you have an accurate record of everything that was said by the participants. However, you need to do more that just stick the microphone on the table. A little forethought will make the difference between being able to hear every word or people were too quiet or drowned out by background noise, especially if you're planning to do a transcript of the recording.