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Learning from doing Transcriptions

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services
One of the greatest bonuses to doing transcription assignments is that I get to learn while I work.

I have transcribed seminars, teleseminars, BlogTalk Radio shows and interviews for some of the most savvy and smart business leaders on or off the net. This has allowed me to pick up a wealth of tips and knowledge from being able to get “first hand, front row seat access” to this information, and, as if that were not enough, I also get PAID to type up documents from the recordings. This is what I call a win – win situation!

Some of my satisfied clients are mentioned below, as well as on my testimonials page . With each one has come wonderful information that I just might not have gotten were it not for my transcribing their recordings.

I took a medical transcription course as part of the class I had at Rolla Technical Institute in ’98/’99, but had, honestly, not used the experience except as a means to speed up my typing skills. I had, however, been using my spelling and grammar advantages doing proofreading and editing and had done a couple of these assignments where I was asked to clean up botched or sloppy transcriptions. After I completed those, it seemed to me that as I had the training and love to type, adding this as one of the services I provide would make perfect sense.

Since that time, I have done several transcriptions and feel I get to know each client at least almost, if not AS well, as if I had sat down and had a conversation with her or him.

One of the advantages to having your recordings transcribed is that with a typed up document people can read and re-read what was said and even those who might have had a problem hearing the recording or show can then tell what was said. Also, with a recording, there is often back ground noise, people talking over each other or dropped words, mumbling, uhms and ers, etc. when the person or people lose train of thought or repeat something he, she or they have just said, etc. To me, phone ones can be the hardest to hear as one person may have a booming voice or clear speech and the other might mumble or have a teeny, tiny, quiet voice OR the caller might have a good close-to-the-phone type connection and the other person might sound like he or she is in a tunnel or muted or not talking plainly into the phone.

Below are some of my favorite clients who have had me do their transcriptions:

Lynette Patterson of My Strategic Life Plan

“After completing my first solo webinar, I needed the content transcribed to re-purpose into additional products. After getting quotes from several, I learned of Jan and was amazed at her pricing. Then, I learned that several of my friends had utilized her services and that her accuracy and turn-around time were excellent and they were very complimentary of her high quality standards. With a wish and a prayer, I sent her my project. In less than 24 hours, I had a perfectly transcribed and edited version of my hour long webinar. I was so pleased that two days later, I asked her to edit a chapter of a book. On the same day, I received her edits and again, was very impressed with not only her accuracy, but the suggestions she offered to make the chapter perfect.

As you can imagine, Jan has won my business. I am so glad, and relieved, to know that I have someone I can count on.”

Lynette and her interviewees have given me priceless health related tips and information. Lynette’s friendly, girl next door, sweet and fun, YET brilliant business manner sets her apart from most of the experts I have heard and she makes you WANT to learn and WANT to be healthy!

Ann Evanston of

“I was thrilled that Jan was able to take a complex audio interview and effectively transcribe it for me. She did a great job so we could pull what we needed for the eBook! She is friendly and easy to work with too! Thank you Jan for jumping in and becoming an important part of my team!”

Ann is another super savvy business woman that it is my pleasure to work with. She is a great business coach and the interview I transcribed for her was about one of my own loves, social networking! She and the lady she interviewed had wonderful tips and useful, doable information and I learned A LOT from doing this transcription as I was pretty new on Twitter at that time and I got the inside scoop on what to do and what NOT to do! Both Ann and the lady she interviewed have really feminine voices and as I had a few instances of not being sure which one was speaking until in the gist of the sentence or paragraph, I know that people listening in might have had the same problem occasionally, which is a really good reason TO get an interview transcribed as well as offering a recording.

Jennifer Davey of JJS Coaching – Getting Clients, Building Business, and Making More Income

“Before working with Jan, my website, articles and marketing materials were on target, but lost effectiveness because of errors with typos and grammar. I needed another pair of eyes to review my writing.

Working with Jan has improved my business by allowing my clients to focus on getting clients, building business and making more income, rather than my typos.

The best thing you can do for your business is to work with Jan.

She will keep your image perfect, by providing top-notch proofreading and editing services. If you have any questions about working with Jan, I would be happy to speak with you via email or phone.”

The reason I am using Jennifer’s proofreading & editing reference while talking about transcriptions is that I have done both for Jennifer. I attended her teleclass “How to Make Your Website Earn its Salary and Get Clients” both on the phone and on the net and then transcribed it once I received the mp3 for the class.

She had the most awesome tips or blueprint for building your web site, what to have it entail and how to make it work for you! This was an enlightening and informative session and not only did I learn while I listened but I will also have all of her wisdom and knowledge right at my fingertips whenever I need to refresh my memory or be sure of strategies that she so generously shared with her attendees.

If you are undecided on whether or not to get YOUR next audio session transcribed for your visitors, hopefully these ladies and I have helped with your decision. I know that some are thrown a bit by the rates I quote for this service and I want to assure you that this is not as daunting as it might sound. A ONE hour audio takes even the fastest typists I know HOURS to type up, proofread and edit. This is a lot more work than it seems until you done one for yourself. I love doing transcriptions because I love to type plus do my own proofreading and editing, which is my REAL love BUT it is also the most time consuming, constantly working assignment I take on.

If you decide you want to have your next audio gem transcribed to a word document from reading this blog post, mention this post in the schedule a product form, allow up to 7 days instead of my usual quote of 5 days per one hour audio and I will do your “new client” transcription for 20% off! (paid in advance only)

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading
assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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You Can’t Do It Alone … AMEN!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services
One of my favorite clients Jennifer Davey, of JJS Coaching
shared this great article with one of the Linkedin groups
we belong to. With her permission, I am sharing it with
my readers, along with my own thoughts on this
very important subject.

You Can’t Do It Alone, By Jennifer Davey

To make money (more than you’re making now) you need someone to help you.
That someone can be a coach, a virtual assistant, a programmer, a copywriter
or any other kind of support staff. It might even be a mix of “someones”.

Tending to all the details involved in running your business can take up a big chunk
of your day. It can take time away from marketing, creating and other activities
that only YOU can do in your business. Bringing on support staff to help you,
or a coach to give you support and direction, can be the boost you need
to take your business to the next level.

You may be thinking, “I can’t afford to pay a coach, or some other type of support staff.”
But remember, this support will help you get clients, build your business and make more income. It’s an investment that will give you a terrific ROI.

Think about it: If you had certain tasks off your plate, would you have more time to market? If you could have someone implement some of your marketing tactics for you, would that be a time-saver? Would it bring in more clients and more income? If you had a coach helping you design a business plan, a marketing strategy or just helping you get out of your own way, what would that do to your bottom line?

Still having trouble justifying support? Check out this finding from the ICF’s (International Coach Federation) Coaching Client Study: “The ROI (return on investment) for companies (that are coached) can be significant….. with a median return of 7 times the initial investment. In fact, almost one fifth (19%) indicated an ROI of at least 50 (5000%) times
the initial investment while a further 28% saw an ROI of 10 to 49 times the investment.”

WOW! It makes you think about how much you’re missing out on NOT having support.

Schedule a FREE Discovery Session to explore how Jennifer can help you get clients,
build your business and make more income.

Thanks, Jennifer. So many of my clients have reported increased business and creativity
once they start outsourcing things that they usually do not LIKE to do or are not at their very best at.

I have helped clients with research, their social marketing maintenance – so that they can spend their time on the fun, interactive facet of this practice, scheduled appointments & booked interviews and a lot more as a Virtual Assistant.

When you think of all of the outsource-able duties you spend your valuable time on,
when you could, instead, be free to perform the ones you really want to do or excel at,
having a helper or even several, may be the way for you to go to grow your business.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


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When to Ask for a Testimonial

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services
One of my own wonderful clients, Small Business Coach and Marketing Strategist, Jennifer Davey, is the author of the “Getting Clients Home Study Program”, the step-by-step guide to getting clients, building
your business and making more income, and is also the author of
the testimonial that you see when you get to the home page of my
Virtual Assistance site. She shares this summation of when to ask
for a testimonial from your past and current clients.

Jennifer says, “Many of my clients are uncomfortable asking for testimonials.
They feel that testimonials should just come to them, and sometimes this happens.
But most of the time, clients need a nudge to write down their thoughts.

A great time to ask for a testimonial is when your client is happy with what you’ve done
for him or her, for example:

* When he or she has had success.
* When his or her problem is on its way to being solved.
* When his or her problem is solved.
* When he or she tells you he or she is happy with you.
* When he or she says thank you.
* When you deliver a product.

As soon as a client tells you that he or she is happy with you, ask if you can share
his or her story with potential clients. When he or she says yes, say, ‘Terrific, I will
send you an email with a request for a testimonial.’

Another great way to ask for a testimonial is to give your clients a survey form to fill
out whenever you complete a project, sell them a product, or finish a service.
Reach out to folks who wrote feedback and ask for permission to use their testimonials.”

Jennifer is one of my favorite proofreading clients.
I have also done transcription work for her webinars.

Small Business Coach and Marketing Strategist, Jennifer Davey, is the author of
the Getting Clients Home Study Program, the step-by-step guide to getting clients,
building your business and making more income.

Grab a copy of her Report What you Need to Know to Be Successful at Getting Clients.

Although I specialize IN proofreading and editing, I offer a wide range of services and have recently added retainer packages to ensure a steady work flow and save my clients money.

My rates are very reasonable and I guarantee my accuracy. If YOU need a Virtual Assistant for any of the services I offer, contact me to schedule a project or for more information on how we can work together to help free up your time for doing the things you excel at
and/or enjoy doing!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing,
proofreading and transcription assignments!

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


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Over the past 17+ years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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