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A step-by-step guide for Dragon Users – Part 1

How to dictate text at speeds of 120 words a minute - in less than 60 minutes!
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 14m
Language: English
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This is part 1 of 3 and covers how to

•install and configure Dragon
•setup your profile
•dictate, format and delete text
•add custom words and phrases to your Dragon vocabulary
•the difference between dictating text and commands
•proof reading
•loading and safely closing Dragon
Although there are two more advanced modules available, this course covers what most people want to do – dictate text! – and you will be confidently doing this in less than 60 minutes.
Dragon can seem a bit daunting when you first try it and I show you how to make this easier by focusing on three key voice commands – these are all you need to get started when dictating, and this can make it so much easier, because there is less to remember. You can then move on and add to your knowledge when you are ready. A good example of this might be adding words such as acronyms or unusual names to your vocabulary that are specific to the way that you write.
The average typing speed is 30-40 words a minute – follow this course and you will be working three times faster!
I’m excited to be able to say that the course has been accepted by Student Finance England and can be recommended for university students in the UK!

You will learn

✓ Everything you need to know about dictating text in less than 60 minutes
✓ Dragon Professional
✓ Dragon Home
✓ Dragon Speak


• A laptop and installed copy of Dragon Professional or Dragon Home

This course is for

• Businesses looking to improve productivity
• University students with dyslexia
• Office workers who cannot use a keyboard due to arthritis or RSI
• Writers
• Business Professionals
Certified Dragon trainer
Getting into computing
My first jobs in the computer industry were at the County Council in Oxford for 14 years, and then at the Equitable Life in Aylesbury. I started as a trainee computer operator on large mainframes (these took up whole rooms and required air conditioning!), and became Computer Services Manager.
Helping people with a disability
After being made redundant, I met Roger Jefcoate, who ran the Disability Aid Fund to help provide computer equipment and other technology for children and adults with a disability, and he supported me when I set up Top Class Computers in 1994 to provide advice, suitable software and training for people with a disability. I had become interested in this type of software following the birth of my son James, who has Down’s Syndrome, and who is now doing well in supported living in Witney.
This, and other work that I became involved with, led to a lot of travel; at my busiest I averaged 4000 miles a month and blew up several car engines! It was at about this time that I first became interested in voice recognition software so I could become more efficient with my own paperwork and because it was an amazing tool to help people with disabilities such as arthritis and RSI.
I carried out assessments and training for Access to Work for a long time, and am also now accredited and audited annually to carry out training for students through the Disabled Students Allowance – most of this training includes Dragon.
I’m excited to be able to say that my online Dragon training course has been accepted by Student Finance England and can be recommended to help university students in the UK.
Voice recognition software
Having moved to Witney from Oxford in 2013, I still help people with a disability, but I’m now also helping local businesses become more time efficient on their computers through the use of voice recognition software – Dragon Professional.
I find working with people with a disability very rewarding, especially when they can do something using a computer that they couldn’t do before. In the same way, I gain much satisfaction from helping local businesses discover how to spend less time on their paperwork, and gain a better work–life balance.
My own work–life balance
When not working, I enjoy listening to and playing music, and play an acoustic guitar in various styles – I have always had a bit of a reputation for liking ‘weird’ music…
I also do a bit of running, although I’m not really a natural runner. In March 2014, I ran the Reading Half Marathon and raised £520 for the Yellow Submarine charity in Oxford. They have a café in Park End Street, Oxford, and one at the Witney Leisure Centre, and run courses for young adults with a disability to help them improve their confidence and work skills.
In October 2014, I ran the Oxford Half Marathon with my youngest daughter, and to make it just a bit more difficult, we were tied together. We did this to raise over £1200 for research into myotonic dystrophy – my eldest daughter has recently been diagnosed with this condition, and is taking part in an important research project in Nottingham.

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 14m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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