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Here Are 8 Situations You Never Knew You Needed a Voice Recorder

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1. Meetings

For any professional, recording key information in meetings is critical for both efficient workflow and service delivery. With all of the information covered in productive meetings–important figures uttered, clever solutions mentioned, data on slides–it’s incredibly easy for even the most active participants to forget important details.

Scribbling down or typing notes can be distracting, taking participants away from being present with coworkers or clients. Knowing there will be an exact record of what was said facilitates deeper listening and active participation. Once meetings are recorded, they can easily be transcribed for future reference–making conversations accessible to employees for sussing out relevant details.


2. Interviews

Unless you’re ultra-speedy with note-taking, it’s tricky to jot down everything someone says, especially if you’re interviewing a fast talker. Missing key snippets is easy to do. Also, getting word-for-word quotes is nearly impossible if you’re relying on a pen and notebook alone.

Using a voice recorder frees you up to be more present, observing things like emotion or the way your source responds with non-verbal cues.


3. Speech Improvement

“What is that terrible noise? Who is that ratchet human talking?” If you’ve ever uttered some variation of those words after hearing your own voice played back to you, you’re not alone. The phenomenon of “voice confrontation” is real, arising from differences in expected frequencies and “extra-linguistic cues.”

If it’s something that bothers you, like most people, be bold and confront your vocal woes head-on with that voice recorder. Research exercises to improve things like tone, speaking cadence, and volume. Excessive use of filler words like “um,” “er,” and “you know” can make you sound less confident, so work on nixing them from chatter.


4. Foreign language learning

Upcoming getaway to some far-flung locale planned? People of zee wurl, avoid getting lost in translation. Reading and writing exercises are helpful, but reciting written content–or dialoguing with another person–is incredibly practical for navigating new turf.

Order that escargot, like a pro. Locate la toilette, without a sweat. Avoid judgmental tourist glances and live that ‘vida local’ by nailing key phrases with near-perfect pronunciation. Grab that voice recorder and polish up on everyday vocabulary.

Play back the recording, taking note of pronunciation, tone, and transitions between sentences. Bonus points if you have a native language-speaking friend or acquaintance who can give you pointers. If not, downloading language-learning apps and streaming foreign films with subtitles on are also great practices.


5. Audiobooks for children

Using your own voice to recite stories for your kid brings it to life for them. The experience is familiar yet foreign, inspiring their imaginations to wander, explore, take flight–all with your voice there to guide them. And when you’re out of town or on business, put them at ease with your voice quoting their favorite bedtime story.


6. Lectures

Studies have shown that within 24 hours, learners forget an average of 70 percent of new information. And within a week, forgetting claims an average of 90 percent of it. In a 60-minute lecture jam-packed with exam material, you can’t afford to forget up to 90 percent of content covered.

Recording lectures frees you up to jot down key points and questions that arise. Playing back audio during exam prep reinforces concepts and lets you double check nothing’s missing.


7. Podcasts

Nowadays, podcasting is for the masses. There are currently 525,000 active podcasts with more than 18.5 million episodes. With start-up costs being relatively approachable, the barrier to entry is pretty low. With a quality topic and thoughtful commentary, gaining an audience is possible without offering sky-high production value.

While you can invest a pretty penny in recording devices, you can also easily get your podcast up and running with a voice recorder, downloading the digitized audio files to your computer. You can then edit audio files for a much clearer, crisp quality and upload them to your website or YouTube to attract more traffic.


8. Your Child’s First Words

Every milestone your little tater tot reaches warrants a celebration — and documentation.

Collecting both video and audio files creates a sweet record of that tiny sing-song voice. Recording ever couple of weeks will give you a sample to reference for memories’ sake. And for monitoring language skill progress, voice changes, and developing personality.

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