It’s no secret that everyone is busy these days. We all seem to have more to do than we can handle, and the flow of information both in and out of our lives never seems to slow.
Chances are with the start of the New Year you are looking for ways to get more done in less time and increase your personal efficiency and effectiveness.
Enter Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
Like it or not, leadership today at any level in just about any organization requires the creation of “content.” Whether it’s an email response to a question from your board, an article for your member newsletter, a post to your personal blog, or a summary report from the conference you just attended, every day you spend a portion of your time writing.
The funny thing is, if I were to ask you whether or not you view yourself as a writer, chances are you would say no. In fact, many people have asked this question to over the years have told me they truly do not like to write. they simply view it as something they have to do.
That’s why I’m recommending Dragon NaturallySpeaking as a productivity tool for every leader. In its simplest description, this is a software tool that allows you to create content by talking rather than writing. I’m using it right now to craft this blog post.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I should reveal that I have been using Dragon on and off for the past several years. In fact it’s my little secret for quickly processing all those flip charts created during planning sessions, and I’ve always wanted to find a way to incorporate it more into everything that I do. But I’ve never been fully satisfied with the accuracy of dictation when I used it to compose copy on the fly and have only used it for transcribing recordings from my portable device.
So why am I recommending it now?
Because the most recent updates to the software have greatly improved both ease-of-use and accuracy: It took me less than 15 minutes to setup the software and complete the initial training to build my voice profile for dictation, and now I am able to use my headset microphone to input my ideas into just about any software package I wish.
Yes, there are times when the wrong word appears as I am dictating, but it is very easy to correct them either manually or using commands in the software. Since my goal is to simplify the process of content creation and the various formats that I do that — emails, blog posts, special reports, proposals for clients, summer reports from planning sessions, etc. — the tool is working very well for me.
ACTION ADVICE: If you’re serious about improving your effectiveness in 2013 and looking for a better and faster way to “write,” such a serious look at Dragon NaturallySpeaking. If you buy it, install it, and use it, it will pay for itself relatively quickly and you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without it.
NOTE: In an effort to provide a fair illustration of the effectiveness of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, this post appears as dictated with only links added to make it easy for you to learn more about the product. Please note that these are not affiliate links and I receive absolutely nothing from anyone if you decide to acquire and use the product.