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Hey guys! How have you been? It’s been loooong. Too long. But I’ve been busy and I’ve really really missed my fans. The reason I become a big quiet is because I decided to follow Brian Tracy’s advise.
(I’m a sucker for quotes :))
while, one should do something out of the ordinary and for me, being a speaker at the ‘Becoming a Top Transcriber and Freelancer Seminar’ was it. I’ve never been a speaker at any seminar and when Walter Akolo of FreelancerKenya.com invited me to join him and Virginia Nakitari, I thought, “Why not?”
The event was held at Ebony House, Tom Mboya Street and we had planned for the event for about a month. Did I have some butterflies in my stomach? About 20! They died off one by one as the day approached ha ha. I’m glad I took part in this.
We expected 60 to 100 people and we got 72 attendees. That was quite encouraging. The event was supposed to kick off at noon but it started off a bit later, like an hour later.
I was to start off the event, followed by Walter Akolo and then Virginia Nakitari was to finish it off. Q & A ended it all.
What Was Covered in the Seminar:
I started off the event by talking about the best practises of transcribers. Every profession has its best practises and transcription is not an exception.
There are certain things that you will do that will make the difference between you becoming an okay transcriber and an awesome transcriber. I covered quite a number of things here. I also gave tips on outsourcing.
You see, you can either work hard, or work smart one of the ways of working smart is by outsourcing. I mean, you can’t do it ALL, can you. You don’t have enough time, energy or skills to do IT ALL. And you know what, if you do outsourcing well, it can really work out well for your
business. If you do it badly, there goes a client or two from your business!
I also covered:
– How to Get and Retain Clients.
– A review of TranscribeMe company.
– Transcription Scams: Signs to watch out for.
– Why Freelancing is the future of work.
I took about two hours to present. My oh my. How time flies when you’re having fun. We had to give guys a break, of about 20 minutes to stretch their legs a bit and then it was Walter’s turn.
He came on stage, fired up and ready to deliver. And did he deliver. When you’re a top blogger, of course you over-deliver! He talked about several things, key among them being why people fail online. I mean this is a business just like any other. People succeed but quite a number of people fail.
Walter went ahead to share why this happens with pointers like tuning in to the wrong station, monkey see, monkey do mentality and TMI syndrome among others. I actually learned quite a lot from that presentation. Walter also shared why every freelancer needs to have a blog.
Last but definitely not least, Virginia shared her presentation. Oh, this lady is a REV pro. She’s been working for this transcription company for some time now and she is doing so well! She shared all the tips on how to succeed on Rev i.e how to maximize how much you can earn at Rev.
Virginia also talked about the best tools and software for transcription. I learned something here too, for example, the Slice tool that is used to slice audio files into either segments based on minutes or size etc. Nice! Virginia also shared a couple of awesome transcription tips as well as how to expand your transcription business.
This is some of the feedback people had about the event.
All in all, the event was a success. The only hitch was there was no sound system/mics and I personally felt like I was really shouting in order for people to hear well. We decided next time, we’d have to use another facility that allows sound systems.
More Pictures of The Seminar
Did you have a chance to attend the ‘Becoming a Top Transcriber and Freelancer Seminar?’ If not, don’t you worry. The PDF notes, PowerPoint presentations and the video is available. For a fee of Kshs 800, you will feel as if you were right there.
Send me an email at email@example.com or use this contact page if you would like to have the pack.
See you at the comments below!