What are the Benefits of Transcripts?

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Throughout my life, I have seen transcription work done, and have been exposed to the many benefits and uses of transcripts.  As a result, I tend to take as a given that transcripts are invaluable tools, useful in so many situations, in so many venues.
 
One of the biggest things that a transcript provides is the ability to cut to the heart of a matter.  Consider family court matters.  Most judges are not going to sit and listen to a 20-minute phone call of a child crying.  Among other reasons, audio evidence is very difficult to enter into the court record.  Transcripts are much easier to add to the record, can be easily reviewed in a judge’s chambers prior to rendering a decision, and ensure that everybody is seeing the same thing. 
 
Next, consider the striking impact that concrete numbers can have.  With audio a parent can tell a judge, “Listen.  You can hear that my child’s father tells him to ‘Shut up’ a bunch of times.”  With a transcript, you can put in the record, “In this five-minute conversation, my child’s father told him to ‘Shut up’ sixteen times.”  It’s easy to see which would be more relevant to an authority.
 
 
Transcripts can be highlighted, whereas recordings cannot.  You can emphasize what you feel is most important/relevant to the matter at hand, and not leave it up to the other party to determine what they think your point is.
 
Something unexpected that transcripts can do is help a parent to reassess a situation after it’s occurred.  Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, all you hear is your child crying or the other party saying what you feel is an insult.  When you hear the audio, you go right back to that same place and hear it the same way, generally.  A transcript gives you the opportunity to really see what the other person was saying, and potentially reconsider the incident.  Maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.  I mean, maybe it was, but sometimes it’s really not that bad, and having the proof in black and white can really be helpful.
 
It’s also easier for a psychologist or counselor to go over transcripts, as opposed to audio, and point out where an insidious behavior appears to have started – like with mild insults or demeaning tones – and then how it escalated over time.  A pattern of behavior can be pivotal – as you know! – but can be really difficult to outline.  Plus, if a professional tries to determine a pattern of behavior based on one party’s testimony, it can easily be thrown out of court.
 
There is an inherent value in transcripts.  You can use transcripts to help file charges in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, harassment, and even spousal support.  You can maintain records for health, family, employment, and academics.  You can preserve on paper a memorable interview with a keynote speaker or a beloved family member.  Truly, transcripts are really useful in a lot of ways!
 
Please contact me any time to discuss what you would like transcribed!

Benefits of Journaling

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Personally, I am a big proponent of journaling.  I have kept journals and diaries throughout my entire life – quite literally.  I still have most of the journals I wrote in over the years, and the earliest one I have is from when I was 8 years old.  Ah, looking back on the days when my biggest moment of the day was knowing my sister was cheating at a board game and letting her do it anyway.  She’s just so happy when she wins!  I remember thinking so clearly back then that cheating is wrong, but the greater evil to be weighed must be whether someone is hurt and to what degree.  Yes, cheating is wrong, but it didn’t bother me.  I was more than happy to just see my sister happy.  And besides, she wasn’t concentrating on cheating.  It was a game where she happened to be a position to see my cards, as it were, and she would glance occasionally.  I was far from injured by this.  It was no big deal.  Still, it was the biggest moment in my day, so I wrote about it.

I think forward to those times when his fingers would close so tight around my neck.  The way my blood ran cold, and I wondered if this time I wouldn’t wake up.  There are some who call similar behavior “rough housing” and nobody gets hurt.  When all parties consent and are having fun, I’d agree with that.  In my case, though, I didn’t and I wasn’t.  I wrote about that, too.

Later on, months after the physical abuse had stopped, I looked back through those entries from that time.  As I prepared for the coming trial, I was able to refer to those pages to show the judge in my case my state of mind during the time of abuse.  I was able to show written details of incidents that had blurred together over time.

In addition to being able to refer to my journals to show a history of abuse to the judge, I have been able to continue to refer to those pages and see how far I’ve come since that time.  In those darkest days I felt broken, less than a shell of a person.  I felt lost, despairing.  There was this endless yearning in me for a ray of sunshine.  Something – anything – warm, welcoming, safe.  I carry that warmth with me now.  These days my journal pages show a much stronger, healthier person.

Many people who journal find that they want to organize their entries into some kind of chronological order.  Not necessarily by date they were written, but by the date of the events written about.  It takes time to organize something like that, and the effort of the project can take a great deal of fun out of the final project.  In addition to transcription, I offer organization services.  I can take years of records, notes, memos, e-mails, journals, et cetera, and present them in an easily read fashion.  For court, for personal enjoyment, for your kids to treasure – whatever your project, I can help.  Please contact me any time.  :)

 

Much Love,

One Mom’s Transcription

Benefits of Organization

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One of my areas of expertise is in organization.  Whatever needs organized, into whatever amount of space, I will find a way to make it work.  I understand the need for accessibility, readability, functionality, and the limitations of time and space.  On the strictest of deadlines, I can – and will – get things organized.

The benefits of being organized are many and well-documented.  Being organized promotes an aura of professionalism, which is vital in Family Law cases.  Despite the fact that the parties involved are caregivers to children, the judge is there to do his/her job.  All parties in a case need to conduct themselves in a professional manner, and the more you can do that, the more efficiently the judge will be able to process your case.  This can save valuable time, making sure that the kids in your life are safe sooner and longer.

Having your papers organized can show, in no uncertain terms, what you and your children have been through.  The number of incidents documented, the severity of those incidents, how long the problems have gone on, and so forth.

For example, consider the case where a parent wanted to submit a particular e-mail to the judge.  This parent was questioned about the importance, the relevance, of this e-mail.  It didn’t seem like much by itself, after all.  The parent responded by showing subsequent e-mails and documentation of incidents that showed a pattern of escalation from the other parent.  This pattern was virtually identical to the cycle of abuse in domestic violence situations, and that is why the e-mail was relevant.  Had the parent submitted this e-mail haphazardly, jumping around as memory served to remind them of incidents, the impact would have been missed.  It is entirely possible that the seemingly innocuous e-mail could have been ruled inadmissible without the over-arching pattern it helped to demonstrate.

We must never underestimate the importance of being organized.  The benefits a well-prepared notebook can bring to ourselves, our case, and our children’s lives cannot be undervalued.  Do you have papers you’d like organized?  Notes?  Hearing notices?  Journals?  Anything you have in your case, I can help.  Contact me any time.

 

Much love,

One Mom’s Transcription

What I Can Do

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Something I started thinking about a couple of years ago, and that has been on my mind more and more over the last several months, is how I can give back to this amazing OMB community.  I have a specialized skill set, and the responsibility of being a Mommy to my two little ones.  I’ve known since I first became pregnant with Little that the ideal situation for me would be to work from home.  Especially since I have lost so much time with Little, it is vitally important to me that I be a consistent and primary caregiver to my little ones.

Years ago I got into transcription as a way to earn a little side money working from home.  As I became a full-time SAHM, I have accepted more and more transcription work.  For the last two years, I have been a full-time transcriber doing law enforcement transcription.  This is my specialty skill set.  I am a good transcriber, and I love the work.

Some vital experience that I bring to the table includes my own experience with the Family Court System.  I understand the terminology, and I am well aware of how important every word is.  In my work, I have obtained many tools that help me to hear the audio as clearly as possible – whether it’s a two-person conversation in person, a conversation with one party on the other end of the phone, or a hushed conversation in the middle of an elementary school lunch room.  I’m used to these kinds of files, and I can and will get them done.  I bring to the table an understanding of how important a transcript can be in a custody case.  I know how important accuracy, honesty, and completeness is in these cases.  I don’t ever guess at the words spoken, and I have a consistent minimum of 98% accuracy per document.

I want to offer my services to the members of this community.  I cannot work for free, as this is my way to support my family.  However, I can – and will – work at a lower rate than many other transcribers.  I also understand the financial stresses so many of us have, and am willing to work with clients on a case-by-case basis.

This is a whole new endeavor for me.  More than anything else, I want to be able to give back to this amazing community of warrior moms and dads (and extended family members).  This is what I can do.  Please let me know if I can help.  Send me an e-mail at:  onemomstranscription@gmail.com

Much love!

One Mom’s Transcription