Seminar Transcription – How can it Help?

Is it worth spending money on?

Before we delve into seminar transcription, according to Wikipedia, “A seminar is a form of academic instruction, either at an academic institution or offered by a commercial or professional organization. 

It has the function of bringing together small groups for recurring meetings, focusing each time on some particular subject, in which everyone present is requested to participate.  This is often accomplished through an ongoing Socratic dialogue with a seminar leader or instructor, or through a more formal presentation of research. 

It is essentially a place where assigned readings are discussed, questions can be raised and debates can be conducted.”

Seminar transcription has existed since seminars first became prevalent.  No longer do you have to miss out on an important lecture because you had lapse of attention or en emergency.  Simply record the seminar, find a seminar transcription service, and have tailor-made, accurate transcripts emailed to you.  You could literally send the audio file late evening before you go to sleep, and wake up to have the transcript in your inbox.  Please take a look at our Rush Rates.

How to Save Time & Money with Seminar Transcription

1. Accurate Document with Fast Access & Easy Search-ability

It’s no secret that it’s much easier to skim through a document rather than play pause recorded audio.  Furthermore, if the seminar or conference call runs for multiple hours, it’s almost impossible to get to the exact point you’re interested in.  With seminar transcription however, you get a searchable document in the format you want, whether it’s an editable MS Word DOC file, or an Adobe PDF document.  And you can search through a document like that within minutes.

2. Convert to Ebook format for Later Reading

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If you want, we can even convert your transcript to an ebook friendly format like MOBI or EPUB etc.  So whether you have Amazon’s Kindle or an iPad or any other tablet, you can access the converted transcript straight from your email and read it at your convenience.

3. Highly Accurate, Proofread Transcripts to Save you Time

Time = Money.  And so if you get a transcript with errors that you have to proofread yourself, that just wastes your precious time.  A lot of seminar transcription companies only transcribe your document and don’t bother proofreading it, to save their own time and money.  We work differently in that we have put together a team of experienced, amazing team of proofreaders who give your transcript a thorough check, eliminate any errors before it’s emailed to you, so you get a quality document which saves you time for your money.

4. Can be Edited to be Reader-Friendly

If you would prefer your seminar transcript to be readable like a book, a good seminar transcription team can do that too.  Many of us have years of experience writing for internet forums, blogs, creating content for websites, and some of us have even written for news publications.  All that writing experience can mesh seamlessly with our proofreading skills, resulting in the creation of a perfectly readable book, making it easier for you to consume content.

5. Have Seminar Transcription Done While You Sleep

If you’ve recorded a seminar, webinar, lecture, keynote, or a whole business event on your recorder, whether a smartphone, tablet or a digital recorder.  Simply upload the audio for transcription and the transcribers will take care of the rest.  Specify the style of transcription, the deadline hour, provide any reference material and glossary of terms and you’re good to go.

How to Choose the Best Seminar Transcription Company?

At the risk of sounding unbiased or tooting our own horns, the only way to dispense this advice is by taking a look at our own operations.

Please read our Trustpilot reviews by clicking here.  Judging by the trust showed by our clients, even if you don’t choose us, we believe we can guide and help you to choose the best seminar transcription service on the internet.

Are they Experienced?

This makes a huge difference.  When a company has been transcribing seminars for the last decade, they build up expertise in the area.  Especially as team members plough through hundreds to thousands of seminars, their ears get trained to differentiate the main speaker from background chit-chat. 

Do they Pay Attention to Detail?

Emphasis on developing a team’s understanding of language, in this case English, just general knowledge, or specialized knowledge, for ex. the financial market, financial terms etc. every single bit helps in improving the overall accuracy of the final transcript that arrives in your inbox. 

Can they do Proper Research?

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Our team does diligent homework on the company we’re transcribing for.  Before we even begin transcription for a company, our team are already well versed with the company background because they’ve already done their research.  This way contextual errors in seminar transcription can be reduced to a bare minimum.

Do they Strive for Excellence?

As you can see from our Trustpilot reviews, we always strive for excellence.  We’re not here to do the minimum possible and get the customer’s money.  We want to be constantly striving for excellence.  If you help us out with a glossary of terms and reference material, great.  But if you can’t, don’t worry.  Our team goes above and beyond the call of duty to do all the research for you.

Confidentiality, NDA and Data Security

Whichever company you choose, always check if they are willing to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).  Our team at ScriptoSphere is willing to sign a legal NDA if needed.  All our employees, whether onshore or off-shore, are bound by the same legal NDAs.  If it is a requirement for you that all your work be done in-house, that is how it will be.  All audio files, any company information or research material, and all transcripts upon completion and delivery, are deleted from all the hard drives on our computers.  So, please make sure to check this beforehand.

Is it Difficult to Transcribe Seminars Yourself?

We truly believe anybody can do anything.  But seminar transcription can become a full time job, if it isn’t already for yourself.  Seminars are often held in large rooms.  Unless they are webinars, which can be accomplished in my grandma’s basement.  A typical seminar can involve anywhere between a single speaker, to sometimes 10-15 speakers (including analysts) if it’s a business seminar, which makes discerning a lot of words challenging. 

How long does the typing take?

If you are taking on seminar transcription yourself, be prepared for hours of typing.  It can take you up to 10 hours to transcribe about 1 hour of recorded seminar audio.  Professional transcribers use foot pedal to control playback, so their hands are free to type.  Which cuts the transcription time by 75%.  Amazon has transcription foot pedals on discounts often. 

Does Audio Equipment Matter?

If you don’t have good audio equipment, for ex. a high quality, noise canceling headphone, it can be difficult to discern many words.  Don’t even think about transcribing through a loudspeaker!  If you are looking at doing this yourself for a long period of time, then may we suggest a discrete sound card too.  That helps boost the volume and you can edit settings to make voice clearer.

If all that sounds too much work, leave it to the professionals who have done this for years, and tinkered with equipment to hit the sweet spot.  It will save you a ton of time even if for just personal minutes of meeting.  Your time is the most important commodity.  And saved time often translates into more money. 

Benefits of Seminar Transcription Services

  • Your audio gets transcribed while you sleep.
  • A team of professional transcribers with decades of experience.
  • Using the best audio transcription equipment.
  • Every transcript is proofread, edited and spell-checked as default.
  • Verbatim or non-Verbatim Transcription on-demand.
  • 24 hour turnaround also available if you want it done urgently.

BONUS: If you’re a content creator and understand SEO or digital marketing, Google will love your website if you publish transcripts of your subject area on a regular basis.  A good seminar transcription team can help immensely with this.

Quarterly Earnings & Seminar Transcription

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Some companies still prefer to do it the old fashioned way with a teleconference call.  Periodical performance review is usually followed by news about their company or launch of a new product.  As far as audio quality goes on these earnings calls, it’s probably not the best, because you have a lot of background noise and overlapping conversation with several people talking over each other.  Which is where an experienced seminar transcription company can make the difference.

What is a Webinar?

As the global business scene has evolved around internet and e-commerce, seminars and seminar transcription have evolved further to what’s called a “Webinar” (web seminar).  Or in simple terms, web conferencing.  You could be a multinational company with offices around the world, and several of your managers from those countries could come together on one webinar to discuss quarterly earnings.  A seminar transcription team can then transcribe that seminar/webinar in a matter of hours and have it up on your company website.  This trend has always been constant, no matter the economic climate.

99% Accuracy on Seminar Transcription

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We promise close to 99% accuracy on all transcripts.  That guarantee is backed up by decades of experience in seminar transcription.  It also helps if the audio quality is decent.  Nobody can do miracles if you can barely hear the person speaking.  If you couldn’t help the quality on your recorded audio, and it is bad, that is where experience matters.  Almost 40 years of combined experience between our team members, our seminar transcription team are given all the tools and transcription hardware + software necessary to achieve the highest quality possible.  After which, our veteran quality analysts will meticulously go through the transcribed data, multiple times if need be, backed up with solid research skills developed over years.  This way we get as close to 100% accuracy as humanly possible.  You can ask for a free trial (up to 5 minutes of audio) of our services to see for yourself.  More information below: