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Not the tapes, books and seminars I am talking about, please read....

Posted By: PathGuy on 2006-01-10
In Reply to: You are right about the books, tapes, and seminars, but....sm - Former Quixtar

I am referring to personal development materials by the likes of Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Dale Calvert, Brian Tracy, Norman Vincent Peale and stuff like "Chicken Soup For The Soul" as well as inspiratoinal music.  I know Amway & Quixstar has bad reputations, but please don't put down the entire industry of network Marketing because of one company.  There are several wonderful companies out there.

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You are right about the books, tapes, and seminars, but....sm
that is where the "big" pins make their money. Great book to read about a former Emerald is Merchants of Deception. I happen to know that an Emerald made only 32,000 last year and 10,000 of that was a bonus. NOT WHAT THEY SAY. They didn't say how much money was made on tools (books, tapes, seminars). Quixtar has good products, overpriced shipping.
NEW CONTRIBUTION! Flashcards, Books, Tapes courtesy of M-TEC. Click on Santa's
Who has time to read books?

I'm too busy trying to juggle 3 jobs, and spending time reading a book has become a luxury I just can't afford.  Can really relate to the OP. 

I keep hearing how great the economy is, and I'm starting to wonder if that's simply just not true.

That should read "reference books."

ANOTHER POLL - favorite books - read more than once (sm)
Gone with the Wind, Roots, The Stand
I have bought books that the kids have to read in the
summer for school there for 99 cents. Postage has usually been around $3, but still cheaper than going to the bookstore to get it. I didn't get them at the library because you never know if they will need them for a report when school starts.
You're joking, right? That was WWII, read your history books.
I used windex wipes and my monitor is just fine. Read that somewhere in my books. nt
QA lady don't read books like Eats Shoots & Leaves, obviously
this is a great read for those of us who are "Punctuation Sticklers"!
Ask QA if she if anal- retentive is spelled with a hyphen! (This is the true test of a QA person).
And this is what I was talking about. Please read the posts.

sorry, supposed to read these docs need to know simple things like not talking with food in their mo
Recently offered $50 p/h for seminars, etc. (sm)
I asked and received some samples of these seminars, etc.  They had several speakers, speaking one after the other, quite clearly, so okay.  Then they had q&a sessions with several speakers.  You had to make out who was speaking etc.  The speakers were discussing new treatments, med's, etc.most of which were not in any medical dictionary or speller.  So to make a long story somewhat shorter, I found the most complicated sample that discussed new cancer treatment options and did ten minutes of this sample dictation to see how long it would take.  Now, I pride myself on being a fast typist (120+ wpm) but between looking up "famous" doctor's names, new theories, compound medications, etc. it took me one hour.  And, that was the easy part.  I had not reached the q&a portion of the seminar yet.  So that means that depending upon the difficulty of the dictation I would be making either $10 ph (for the most difficult) to, at most, $15 ph.  So I politely explained that to the client and further explained that I usually charge by the line or page and what I would usually charge for this.  I was told that the client only charged the company that provided the seminar $150!  (So, in order for them to make a profit I had to work for peanuts!)  I sent my sample transcribed dictation and my current price for the same type of work and if I get it fine, if not, I'll eat more hotdogs!  With 25+ years of experience I will not provide expert transcription services of complicated seminars for $10.00 ph.  We are so going backwards in pay!!!  Wrote about that another time but sheesh!  Enough is enough! 
Anyone know of online production seminars for WP like Laura Bryan offers
for Word?  I have only used Word before, now new company requires WP.  Just feel like I'm grinding gears trying to get used to this.  I would like to start with the basics.  Thanks.
FYI I HAVE reference books, but in case you hadn't noticed, thing change a lot faster than BOOKS
I was simply asking for suggestions of other places on line that I might look for the latest info, especially considering that my work is on the internet, what the hell is wrong with trying to be more productive and efficient?!?! Good Grief!!
I prefer books. I'm kinda old school. I like to be able to write new terms in my books. I do

have Stedman's Medical Dictationary on CD and I do use it quite a bit, but that's more because the actual print dictionary is so darn heavy to pick up and look a word up!

Wait a minute, I'm not just talking about the boards, I'm talking about the news article.


"JLG has a contract with Arrendale Associates/ A+Network/CBay Scribe, which the group says is in India.
A letter from JLG to Barbara Dingman, chief compliance officer and director of health information management, says all medical transcriptionists assigned to the Medical Center Hospital account live in the U.S. and all work is done in America."

But yet they do business with Arrendale/A+/CBay, what am I missing here?

I'm talking about MT school, not K-12, which is where I learned most of what you are talking abou
My clients DO NOT LIKE IT when I correct their wrong crap - did you actually read what I said?
I'm not talking about ignorant as in grammar or spelling. I'm talking about sm
ignorant in general.
In 12 years of MT'ing I've never re-read an entire chart. Edit/read as I type. nm
Yes, I read your post, and I just re-read it, and I've copied and pasted for you in case

you've forgotten your own words! Your post above is 100% different "flavor" to it, now all positive and cheery! Your first post was 100% doom and gloom every which way, including "raining on your parade", and "if you want to go forward"...God, sounds like she's talking about jumping into oncoming traffic! Here is your quote:

My first boss (the one who hired me as a new grad) gave me some words of wisdom that I haven't forgotten. She said that transcribing at home with small children NEVER works under any circumstance. Either the work will suffer or the parenting will suffer.


How can the word "NEVER" in caps be interpreted in any positive way? You took about 8 paragraphs to cover every aspect and completely dash this poor woman's dream.  I'm not blind, I'm not talking about day care at all, I'm talking about the total negativity of your original post! You know exactly what I'm talking about, cause you added some sugar to your second version! And that's much nicer than the first!

Oh I've read that site and continue to read it...sm
I agree...much motivation there. I have tried to quit numerous times in the past and did successfully quit when I was pregnant for the first time many years ago but I have never managed to summon up the strength or resolve to stay quit. Thus the "need" for a financial investment in my efforts. It somehow makes it more motivational to know that I have $$$ invested in this effort over and above the $$$ saved on cigarettes.
Who had time to read?LOL I only get a chance to read This Old House once in a while. (nm)

Can you reuse the same tapes (standard size) over and over? I have been for a while and I was wondering if they eventually get bad.


Tapes are great, they fly. Working for a national also, 50% of the time and tapes the other 50%. Enjoy the tapes much more, make much better money (gross line count, not 65 ch). Have always set my word expansions up in Word itself. That way, no matter who I work for I use my own version of Word and my expansions are always there. Enjoy the tapes. Hope this helps. PS. They print at the site for me.
This happens a lot with tapes too.
I have noticed that with digital there are more safeguards.  When the office downloads the files to their computer they usually save it on their computer.  Once they send it to you, you save it to your computer too.  Sometimes the doctor erases the file before all this happens, but when the doctor erased a part of a tape there was no backup then either.     
From below regarding tapes
Okay, I started typing today on tapes picked up yesterday.  (I deliver between 10 and noon)  So I could have done then yesterday but had graduation for nephew.  So I started today at 5 o'clock and it is now  close to 11.  I  have typed, printed, showered,  made deliveries and pick-ups, went to bank, know what I have to do tomorrow and made $201.  No sudden files sent, no sporadic files sent, have the complete day's dictation , and can schedule the rest of the day and tomorrow morning the way that I want.  So this works for me and I appreciate the input from Tikki and all, but will keep doing this if they want to continue to use tapes.   All my accounts are within a 4 mile radius from each other and the majority at one of the hospital medical buildings so it takes me 35 minutes to do the deliveries from walking out my front door and coming back through.  I respect everyone's opinion and hopefuly you respect mine.   I get exercise as it is half a mile from my car to home round trip.  -- Live on the river in a floating home.   Patti
I'm still doing tapes too!
Some docs don't like to change.  If you have a good relationship with the office staff, then they shouldn't have a problem using digital.  Most doctors do not want voice recognition because they want their reports edited.  If the doctor is a taper user, he very well may adjust to digital and just have his secretaries upload the dictation to send to you.  You may have to spend some time in the office instructing them on how to do it.  You may want to Google "FTP sites", and see where that leads.  Good luck!!!! 
sum tapes
Does anyone still use the Sum Tapes and Transcript keys for practice?  If so, what is the copyright date on them?  Mine are 1994.  They seem to be a little out dated.  Does anyone have any newer ones?
I agree, I do tape accounts, a small one, but they do treat me well. I also type straight from the doctors notes on a major account, nice people, too. We make a good living.

I have had that happen a couple of times and I have a friend that just transfers the entire tape to a new casing and attachs that.  Only rarely have we lost any dictation or have it become so distorted that we can't hear it.  Perhaps a couple of sentences.  Guess I have been lucky.   But again, I would write to Maxwell and tell them that you got a bad batch or lot number.  Good luck.


YES you can fix the tapes yourself
see entry above; OPERATE ON THE TAPES.
tapes to wav/mp3
there is a program online - inexpensive - that you hook you tape player up to your computer, play the tape and have ability to modify the tape sounds, editing etc - play it as a wav or mp3. Polderbit is the one I use - you can Google - tape to wav and many will come up
I have been with them for 10 years and they have only asked for me to reprint twice, that's not bad.
You have tapes -- how do you log in
Guess I am a little slow.  You type from tapes, you deliver back on paper, how do they know when you log in???? You don't have to log in to retrieve the dictation nor send it so please explain to me.   Guess my old age is catching up with me as I don't understand. 
This may be a sillyquestion, but I have always worked digital, so I don't know this. How are tapes played with a foot pedal? Thanks

That sounds really HIPAA compliant. 

You're right, this isn't very common anymore. However, people do still do it. Myself included. I charge by page. I charge $5 a page. This is how it works: I type everything in Word, then get the line count from the Word statistics. I divide this by 55 (55 lines per page) and multiply by 5. This is how I bill. I just make up a bill in Word and sent it to the clinic twice a month. You will have to get a machine with a foot pedal that plays cassettes though, and those are not cheap, but you can make pretty good money if you charge this way.

I didn't read the other posts but just read this
My daughter got pregnant at 17, said she wanted an abortion but BF didn't. I have a wonderful 2-1/2 yo grand daughter that I don't think I could live without...and now, guess what? I don't. I have custody of her. She was dropped off on my door, I got court ordered temporary custody and final custody hearing in a month.

I'm single with no family support. I had just taken a new MT job one month before this happened and they have been wonderful during my adjusting to being a mom again and I hope I can resume a normal schedule by next week.

I'm passing no moral judgments or giving moral advice. The situation is what it is. My prayers are with everyone involved.
Definitely an eye-opening read. Having my teens read it, too. nm
Erased tapes
They request that I erase the tapes and I have disabled my erase on my machine, I just accidentally somehow picked up two tapes that were not yet transcribed -- I have two bins -- two different colors  --but was in a hurry and picked up the wrong ones and pushed them right through the eraser.   Today when I went to transcribe I found two tapes that had already been done in the "To be transcribed" bin and had been delivered and the ones that I knew had to be done were nowhere found and so I am by process of elimination assuming that is what I did.  I remember erasing two tapes and it was the wrong two tapes.   I am so organized and have always had this fear and so after nearly 20 years it finally came true  -- one I could accept but both of them  -- that is the problem.  But can't fix it now.   Thanks for your input.
Erased tapes
Good for you!
Maxell Tapes

Just thought you would find this of interest. I know we don't use tapes too much, but all these years of trying to fix broken tapes - I contacted Maxell about a tape that blew off the spool on side B. They guarantee their tapes, just mail back to them at a N.J. address - link below - via regular mail from NV to N.J., and it was returned within  3 days - not only do they fix it for free - but send it back via Federal Express, at their expense + give you a free tape.  Wow!  Joyce


How about the docs that use the tapes sm
to dictate, then use the call in system, put the phone by the recorder and re-record the whole stinking tape via the call in. To me, that is the worst. It turns out to be 30-40 minutes of dictation and they sound like they are dictating from the grave. Yuk.
practice tapes sm
As usual, your answers are so much appreciated. I love this site, helping others is so important, I do it whenever I can as well. I believe in karma. Thanks again!
I was on my way to pick up tapes. nm
Practice tapes from?
I have heard practice tapes some give out that are almost perfect dictation- definitely not what you run into when you transcribe. Are you doing the "goodie" tapes or are they the real McCoy? The practice ones I have heard put in their periods, paragraph. Ha, very seldom hear that in real. What kind of work will you do, speciality or the 4s? I have my equipment as fast as it can possibly go and my salary has gone down in the past 4 years 20,000$ from the constant outsourcing the companies are doing. My speed is between 130-140 wpm and I make good only because I have my nose to the grindstone most of the day. By the way, independent as well but my company asked me for certain hours and which days. I have seen numerous posts on here saying you do not have to do it -but I wanted to work for this particular place and I accept it.
practice tapes from...
Practice tapes are real; slurring run-on sentences, gurgling muffled words, you name it.  But, she gave me the printed reports to go with them, so if I really get stuck, i can look at them and find the answer.  If you don't mind my asking, how long have you been in this, and what's your cpl?  You work for an agency?  Yes, my speed is concerning me.  Thanks for your reply.
Maxell tapes
Just FYI - if they break, Maxell will repair, send back via FedEx and give you a new tape - beats Dr. having to redictate, if you are still working with tapes.  Joyce
I just had to comment on the tapes...sm
I've been MTing for 10+ years and just in the last 1-2 years the tapes the docs have used are coming off the spool at the end of the tape.  My doc got so mad and asked me to fix if I could.  I would take these things apart and Scotch tape the tape back onto the spool.  I have fixed about 10 of these now.  Some were Maxell and some Sony I think.  I wonder if any of you have had this happen.  That's all.  Just thought I'd share.
Unfortunately, some of the newer tapes don't "unscrew" anymore, or at least there are no screws there. Last time I paid someone to fix one it was $85.00. I used to fix these myself, but wonder if anyone knows how open the newer tapes without screws?
copying tapes
We did that for awhile because I was trying to help a friend to start out in the business and I also gave work to other people on the internet, but it is a lot of work.  Thank God, my husband did most of the work, but thanks, but no thanks.