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The Vacation of Your Dreams

The Vacation of Your Dreams

 

The best vacations are often the ones you have yet to take. But, to make a trip a dream vacation, some planning, effort, and careful execution can go a long way to help make it a reality. With summer upon us, it’s prime time to begin planning that next vacation!

First, you’ve got to set your plan based on how big or small you want your excursion to be. Whether it is listening to music at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, setting your eyes on the masterpieces of the Louvre in Paris, or the swimming in aquamarine, crystal-clear-blue waters of Bora Bora, you’ll need a plan and a budget for how you’re going to make it happen. How long will you go? How much money will you need? How long will it take you to save?

Your strategy should include the length of time you want to take (days) multiplied by the daily amount you plan to spend. Make sure to include a little extra for a souvenir or two. However, regardless of the budget you are setting, whether a conservative one or one that is more flexible, you can undoubtedly find a venue that will cater to your pricing limits. Additionally, outside your daily expenses (like food), you will also need to factor in how much you will need to spend on the hotels and airfare and car expenses. Many credit card companies can offer redeemable points to cover these most expensive parts of your trip. Look into them as they may be able to help provide you an airplane ticket or two and hotel stays just for opening an account.

Next, stick to your plan and put some effort into it. Put up a picture to keep you motivated. A nice-sized, bright-and-colorful photo can work wonders to keep you inspired and on track. Your dream vacation may not be for many weeks or months, but if you stay focused, and stick to your plan (i.e., how much you will save, etc.), your vacation will come to you sooner than you think.

Finally, execute your plans and make those reservations. But, shop around before you make a purchase. With so many competing offers, use Google to help navigate who can give you a reasonable price, and consider different dates. Don’t be conventional, be creative, and play around with multiple travel scenarios. You’ll be bound to come up with various options that fall within your price point and put you on the road to your goal dream vacation.

After you’ve completed all the leg work, make it happen, live it up, live that dream! Once you’re on vacation, whether it lasts 3 or 7 days or more, the time will seem short, but the memories will live with you forever. So, be bold, put yourself out there, and make it happen. Make the effort! It may appear daunting at times, but in the end you’ll thank yourself. When you look back, your inner “happy-you” will be forever grateful.

And, while you’re on your dream vacation, don’t let your transcription pile up. Contact Athreon to relieve you of the workload while you’re away. You’ll return to the office not only feeling refreshed but with fewer items on your to-do list!

Tips for Success as a Transcriptionist

Tips for Success as a Transcriptionist

 

We’re often asked by people how they can break into the transcription industry. What does a new hire or a new grad need to do to be successful? How can someone find their first work at home transcription job? As we celebrate National Medical Transcriptionist Week for 2019, in this blog entry, we offer 11 suggestions for being successful as a speech to text transcriptionist.

  1. Educate Yourself. It’s a common misconception that if you can type fast, you have what it takes to be an at home transcriptionist. Sure, typing quickly helps, but it’s far from the most important skill you’ll need for success. You’ll need an excellent command of the English language, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Likewise, if you want to be considered for medical transcription or legal transcription, you’ll need to know the terminology that is unique to those domains. Community colleges and distance learning programs offer educational coursework for those serious about launching a career in transcription.
  2. Never Guess. When you’re not sure, ask. Don’t guess. Guessing can lead to adverse outcomes that can cause a client problems. Authors often depend on the transcript you create to make business decisions, treat a patient, try a case in court or make other critical decisions. Making the wrong guess could have serious consequences. A professional transcription company will not penalize you for flagging items you are unsure how to resolve. Of course, research thoroughly and most times you’ll find the answer, but never guess when in doubt.
  3. Proofread. Attention to detail is everything in transcription. The transcript you produce is a representation of both you and the author you’re creating it for. Often clients use a speech to text transcription service because they are not great with grammar, punctuation or spelling. Still, they need to project a polished image with any document that has their name attached to it. These authors depend on you to help them manage their professional reputations.
  4. Research. Search engines are your friend. For example, if you don’t know how to spell something, type it in Google or Yahoo or Bing the best way you can. Even when you spell it wrong, all three search engines will suggest alternative spellings that may lead you to the answer you are seeking. Additionally, print references that you will use consistently should be part of your library.
  5. Review Feedback. Professional speech to text transcription companies will provide their transcriptionists with regular feedback. Feedback is intended to help transcriptionists avoid repetitive errors and expand their fund of knowledge. Make sure to review your feedback daily and ask questions when you don’t understand or agree with something. Feedback should spur a two-way conversation between the transcriptionist and the transcription company.
  6. Be Adaptable. The transcription industry is one of rapid change. Stay up-to-date on industry news. For instance, in recent years, speech recognition technology has transformed the industry. It’s being leveraged to reduce costs and speed turnaround times. Likewise, be open to new types of transcription work. For instance, if you’ve only done medical transcription, consider expanding your repertoire to non-medical interview transcription or focus group transcription. While change can be unnerving, being open to new technology and new approaches to working can open you to even greater career opportunities.
  7. Communicate. When something isn’t working well, talk to your point of contact at the transcription company. A professional transcription company will often work with you while you navigate a challenging situation. Likewise, if you see a way to improve something, speak up. Some of the best ideas come from transcriptionists. Transcriptionists are often the first to identify risks or make suggestions that help make things better for everyone.
  8. Be Safe Online. Make sure you protect yourself against cyber threats. Install antivirus software and keep it updated. Likewise, install other software updates as your computer prompts you. Your computer is the link to your livelihood, so make sure you keep it healthy at all times. For security purposes, it’s not advisable to allow other members of your household to use the same computer that you use to do your work. Likewise, be diligent about changing your passwords regularly, and use a VPN if you ever need to work outside your regular Wi-Fi network.
  9. Use Professional Tools. Invest in a professional-grade headset from a company like TranscriptionGear.com or HTH Engineering. Quality headphones will not only enable you to hear clearly, but they will also help you do the best job you can and stay comfortable. Since you’ll be listening to audio files for many hours a day, your job will only be made easier when you invest in a professional headset. A quality keyboard, desk, and chair are essential for proper ergonomics as well. Make sure your workspace is well-lit too.
  10. Designate a Workspace. To be successful as an at home transcriptionist, you need to have a clearly defined place to do your job. Working from the couch or the kitchen table won’t cut it. You need a space that’s yours and is intended for extended work periods. If you have other members in your household, make sure your workspace is a quiet place where you can close the door, concentrate, and be free from distractions. Others should recognize that just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you should be disturbed while you’re transcribing.
  11. Relax. It’s impossible to do quality work when you’re consistently stressed. Spend time with your family and friends or just with yourself if you’re more introverted. Whatever brings you joy in life, make time for it. When you tend to your personal life, the joy you derive from your non-work activities will spill-over into your professional sphere. A relaxed transcriptionist is a more productive transcriptionist.

You perhaps have more tips and thoughts on how to be successful in the transcription industry. We’d love to hear them. Leave your comments below.

Balance and May the Fourth be with you!

Balance and May the Fourth be with you!

 

When we think of balance, we think of juggling things that matter to us at any given moment.  Whether for work, home, school, the people we care about, a special project or all of those at the same time, the pressure to keep everything in its right place can be a constant struggle.  The fear of disappointment from those that matter to us or the fear of disappointing ourselves can drive us to extremes to keep ourselves from falling into that dark and shallow grave of failure.  But at what point do we just “let go”?  And, why should we? Consider the “why” of everything you do and ask yourself, what purpose any given task, desire or wish really serves?   Does it serve you, those you care about, or does it serve some other element that disguises itself as a need but is really a misguided want that places you down a path of self-destruction?  Consider the things you do and the motivators that truly lie at their core.  Greed, Pride, Hate, and Lust for Power/Recognition; our Dark Side if you will and Sharing, Humility, Love, Temperance and fulfillment for the greater good; our Light Side.

When you take a look at the things and people you balance in your life it is important to look inwards and realize which core motivators drive your desire to please or fulfill them.  The Dark Side will always be the easy path because it takes so little effort to fulfill yet the return so very powerful.  However, the Light Side often requires sacrifice and hard work on a level that can be daunting but it too does offer a powerful return, one that can stand the test of time and most importantly, gives back.

So, when things seem out of control, stop yourself for a moment and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” “What purpose does it serve?” If your answer takes you down the path of the Light side, stick to it, it won’t be easy, but in the end, you will feel like you did something worthwhile, something that mattered.  If your answer takes you down the path of the Dark side, let it go!  Let it go because the result will almost always be temporary and, in the end, you’ll likely be worse off than you were before.  So, on this Star Wars holiday, May the Fourth be with you!  And be thankful for the many lessons we can learn from this truly great space saga.