Speaking is faster than typing - and clicking
from the title of this lecture, you probably think that I'm going to encourage you to use phone calls instead of text messages or the cool voice recording feature of my message or WhatsApp instead of typing. Well those are indeed good ways to shave off a few minutes here and there and I certainly recommend that you use them to save time. But I want to actually take things a step further than that. I'm actually going to recommend that you don't type at all. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But you can actually cut out a lot more of the typing that you do every single day than you think. Let me explain how I remember about 15 years ago my father got all excited about a software called Dragon, naturally speaking we are going to have to type ever again, he said excitedly, opening the box of software. Yes. Software came in boxes back then. Well in reality the technology was not nearly there. And my father, like many customers of that type of software, was pretty disappointed. Not much change u...
p until the last few years with the development of a company called nuance communications and a few others. As it turns out, most people can comfortably speak at least 140 words per minute depending on the language. But most can only type around words per minute. Of course it makes a lot of sense to improve your typing speed in general, but you'll probably never be able to type at above 120 words per minute. Even if you switch to that more efficient vore at keyboard fortunately today with your iphone Mac android or Windows device, you really don't have to type if you don't want to or if you're not in public today. Speech to text technology is a built in feature of the various mobile and desktop operating systems and even for older systems there are third party apps Now I love these features because they save time and reduce issues like carpal Tunnel syndrome. In fact, a great majority of this lecture was originally dictated to my Mac and typed out automatically, which definitely saved me a lot of time. Now let me give you a quick demo of how this works on your iphone. You have a key on the keyboard in many languages that will automatically start transcribing spoken texts. You would be totally amazed at how fast you can speak and it will still catch what you're saying on the Mac. You can set up speech dictation in more recent versions of the operating system such as Yosemite Mavericks and onward. You can also set up keyboard shortcuts to make it convenient and easy to use if there are mistakes, they will usually be underlined in blue as areas of uncertainty, which you can right click and there will usually be the correct phrase for you to select by the way it works with a lot of other languages as well. McGugan barrett Paraskevi, which is great because typing in Russian is really, really slow for me. In fact I also find that speaking numbers like call 0522-452342 or filling in credit card details is much faster. If you don't have to look at the numbers and then type them. I'll often read off numbers into the computer to avoid having to type them. This is cool because it allows you to do other things with your hands while typing out emails or even essays. Of course, as I mentioned, not all multitasking is good multitasking, but if dictating emails helps pass the time faster while doing a hard workout. Or if exercising while writing your next book, gets the creative juices flowing. That's a great use of technology to empower the good kind of multitasking. My recommendation here would be to get a pair of noise canceling headphones with a microphone to take advantage of this tip. To avoid embarrassment, it might actually be better if your friends and colleagues think that you're on the phone rather than if they think that you're talking to hal or Knight Rider. If you can get over a little bit of social embarrassment or just pretend that you're talking on the phone. You can save a ton of typing by minimizing your daily typing. On another note, I also find that I save a lot of time by using voice commands, not just voice commands to text, whereas android has the okay, google feature and Windows eight has speech recognition. IOS devices have Siri and amazon products have Alexa. It may not seem like a big time saver but I find that by bypassing the process of unlocking my phone, finding the right app, clicking the right menus, typing and hitting save. I can usually save two or three minutes of time and hassle Now. This applies to all kinds of things that I do, including telling syria to draft my emails, add things to my calendar or to do list looking things up or even ordering stuff on amazon using Alexa. By the way, if you're worried about getting the exact right transcription, frustrated with the quality of your devices, text to speech or you have a lot of recorded stuff like interviews or lectures that you need to have transcribed not to fear there are actually companies out there like rev dot com who will hire real humans to do this transcription for you for as little as a dollar a minute Revs. New sister company to me even uses sophisticated artificial intelligence to do the same thing for just 10 cents a minute at rates like that, it's definitely worth your time to record audio instead of typing out your next essay or report. So check out the built in or third party speech to text features available on your various devices and see how you can save time and reduce muscle fatigue