Conference transcription has many valuable benefits, from updating people who weren’t able to attend to clarifying questions of “who said what” after a conference is complete.
It’s certainly true that a high-quality conference recording is a useful and effective way to preserve content for future reference, and these recordings can be even more versatile when they are transcribed.
Conference transcriptions can aid organizers, attendees and no-shows alike. Consider professional transcription services in order to:
1) Make sure everyone is in the know
Many people will travel across a country or even across oceans to attend an important conference. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible for every hopeful conference attendee to make it to the event.
Providing transcripts of the conference can tell them what they missed. This is especially useful for major corporate conferences that absolutely need to disseminate information to all employees.
2) Get a speedy overview of the conference
Another great benefit of conference transcription is that it allows everyone from conference attendees to journalists to quickly review the contents of the conference. Reading a transcript of a conference takes far less time than listening to a recording of the entire thing, and it’s easier to jump to certain parts of the conference when a transcript is on hand.
3) Highlight and clarify the finer points
Similarly, conference organizers can use conference transcription to easily highlight the major points of the proceedings. A written record of the conference allows you to quickly pinpoint important aspects in a visual manner, via bold headings or bullet points, for instance.
In addition, a conference transcript is ideally suited for commentary. Conference organizers can add notes or clarification regarding finer points. For example, if a speaker references a certain law or corporation name, editorial notes can provide details and/or sources for more information.
4) Simplify the attribution of sources
Conference transcription can also address the problem of “who said what,” which may be difficult to determine when listening to an audio recording of the conference. With the help of the client, a professional transcriptionist can specify which lines are being spoken by which person.
5) Disseminate information to the media
The highlighting of conference points and simplified attribution of sources made possible by conference transcription can be helpful when preparing conference-related press materials.
For instance, conference organizers may choose to issue a comprehensive press release with details of the conference, including talking points and quotations, after the conference’s conclusion. In such cases, conference transcription can facilitate easy and accurate preparation of press materials.
6) Take your conference to the web
Additionally, some organizations may choose to include conference transcriptions on their website, for both the public and the media to consult and cite. Plus, having a transcription already handy can make it easier to create subtitles, if necessary.