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How to Gain Audio Typing Skills

How to gain audio typing skillsLegal Secretaries hold a wealth of professional skills which enable them to perform their role.  Audio Typing is one of them and although it is not always required for legal secretarial positions, you will give yourself better job prospects if you prepare yourself for learning this useful skill.

Audio typing involves typing a letter or document from an audio recording made by another person, such as your boss. This is called a dictation. Legal Secretaries Diploma Students will be familiar with this word, as some of the assessments are examples of dictations that can be given to you in a legal environment.

It is used to be common for dictations to be recorded on micro cassettes.  The Secretary would then listen to the recording with a pair of headphones and control the speed of the dictation with a foot pedal.  These days dictations can be recorded on dictaphones and accessed through electronic files.

When you start work as a Legal Secretary, your new employer will provide you with information as to how their audio transcription system works.  Each firm and legal department varies.

The key skills you need for audio typing are a fast and accurate typing speed, to be able to touch type so that you do not look at the keyboard, an excellent standard of spelling and grammar, and a high level of concentration.  

We highly recommend that you enrol on our Typing Skills Course to improve your typing speed and level of accuracy.  ILSPA provides a complete online typing skills course including beginner, intermediate, advanced and speciality lessons to help typists of all levels. Whilst it won't teach you how to use audio typing software, it will prepare you for the level of competance you need to perform the task.  

If you would like to practice audio typing at home, there are audio recordings available online. Take a look at a website called Podomatic: Practising with the podcasts available will help you to become familiar with typing from an audio recording. 

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I read your article in "Dedicated" about audio typing - there are some free dictations which are for stenography on the Web, but if people have a means of playing the recording back and forward they could be used for audio practice. "Stenocourtreporting.blogspot" is quite a good site with links to a number of audio recordings and although it does not itself post dictations has some links to dictations online (there is some duplication with the stenocourtreporting.blogspot but, hey, it's free resources!!!!!

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