How to dictate

When using professional dictation as a working method it is very useful to keep some recommendations on how to dictate in your mind.

This enables best speech recognition results and guarantees a good cooperation with the persons who do the transcription for you.

Therefore we have collected the most important tips in the brochure How to dictate.


Dictation and speech recognition guidelines

Dictate and use speech recognition the same way as if you were dictating to a person transcribing your dictation. The following guidelines help you to achieve the best results:

  • Microphone distance

    Keep your microphone a few centimeters/inches away from your mouth. Do not let the microphone touch your lips. The microphone should not be placed beneath your chin or near your forehead.

  • Pace and volume

    Speak naturally at a normal pace, without pausing between words. Use longer phrases rather than short phrases or individual words. Dictate with a consistent speed and volume. Pause briefly before and after you dictate punctuations.

  • Voice commands

    Use the voice commands provided in the application(s) to add punctation and special characters.

  • Pronunciation

    Pronounce words normally, do not over-enunciate. Try to refrain from speaking in a dialect and using colloquial or slang words.

  • Eliminate undesired noises

    Ideally you should record in a quite room without background noises or other people talking. Refrain from habits such as eating, drinking and chewing gum whilst recording.