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Publisher's Summary

As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need to be truly productive.

This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt and a wealth of insider knowledge from within the dictation industry, Scott Baker will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software. You will learn:

  • Hidden tricks to use when installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking on a Windows PC or Dragon Dictate for Mac
  • How to choose the right microphone and set it up perfectly for speech recognition
  • The little-known techniques that will ensure around 99% accuracy from your first install - and how to make this even better over time
  • Setting up fail-safe dictation profiles with multiple microphones and voice recorders, without impacting your accuracy
  • How to train the software to adapt to both your voice and writing style and avoid your accuracy declining
  • Strategies for achieving your entire daily word count in just one or two hours
  • Many more tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else

It's time to write at the speed of speech - and transform your writing workflow forever!

©2016 Scott Baker (P)2016 Scott Baker

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I should have realized this was mostly about how t

I learned...
-The type of microphone recommended. I had it.
-Not to do a lot of Dragon's speaking exercises because it doesn't train Dragon for me. I wasn't.
-Practice with my phone apps that do voice to text. (Have been for years.)
-Practice until I get better.
-The experience of the author and his compelling reason for beginning to investigate dragon.

I haven't yet investigated the bonus material.

After I do that I may change my rating, but for now I am not sure that this had anything to do with training Dragon software for writers specifically.

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Super helpful, grate starting place

The material in this book has been super helpful to me. I suffered a brain injury earlier this year and have found that I am no longer able to sit in front of a computer and write. This has been devastating, but this book is super encouraging. I am just starting out with dictation and this provided me a lot of information to get started. Initially it was hard to understand the narrator, but I got used to it and it was much better from there on.

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A Great Guide

I was having trouble with the software and finding myself entering the dreaded no-man’s land of frustration, but thanks to Scott’s sound advice I’m now not only writing high with my Dragon, I’m soaring! In addition to providing invaluable advice for Dragon, the author’s narration makes one feel they have a friend on their side when it comes to undertaking this new endeavor, his charismatic nature and encouragement, along with your own willpower, being all that you need to dramatically advance your writing productivity.

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great Hardware software usage guide

particularly pleased with guidelines and ideas for properly voice recognition in Dragon. I also used recommendations for upgrading my primary dictation headset.

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Everything you need to know!

This book is so helpful! I've used Dragon a little bit and learned so much more about using it the most effective way possible. the tips about microphones and setup of the software are invaluable. And yes, I did dictate this review on my phone!

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very good overview of voice dictation and writing.

This book is has a great overview of what it takes to do voice dictation and writing . many of the things in this book I learned from either other sources such as online or through painful experience. I can attest that the advice given in this book is accurate, understandable and practical. Had I had this book when I was first starting out it would have save me hundreds of dollars and hours of time. If you're new to voice dictation or never quite got it to work then this book is for you.

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Fantastic Insight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the perfect book for aspiring writers who also want to be prolific at what they do. Sure, there's a bit of a mind shift a writer needs to make when going from typing to dictation, and it's not quite the same as verbal storytelling, which is a different beast. I've already had two sessions and i'm already seeing my word count climb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon?

I saw the advantages of dictation programs for writing ages ago, Dragon being the one of the best on the market at the time, but it was horrible for accuracy. A couple of years back I bought Home edition 12, and though it was an improvement, it was still a nightmare to edit my drafts as paragraphs of text would come out as gibberish. I implemented the first couple of tricks right away: use a proper mic, the same one i used for professional video narration (garbage-in garbage-out) and reset my profile to ignore emails, on-board training, and uploaded my manuscripts. Instant change in the accuracy levels! I'm a huge fan! Now it's time to focus on getting that word count up and teach my brain how to tell the story verbally instead of through typing.

Have you listened to any of Scott Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No i have not. But i have heard him on podcasts and the tone he uses here is just as personal, one-on-one, as though he's talking directly to you and teaching you everything he knows about the program. Apart from a few accent related quirks that make me giggle, he spoke clearly and the recording was professional quality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed his story about tight deadlines and his drive to overcome physical issues. It's inspiring.

Any additional comments?

i'm so happy he gave me a reason to go back to Dragon. I'm planing to implement the dictaphone process at some point in the future, especially since i know i'll be spending a lot of time in the garden during the summer.

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The book is a long introduction to using Dragon

With very little about actually using Dragon to dictate and almost nothing about supercharging workflow.

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Very helpful for starting out

Good info on why writers will like it and on software and hardware with basic commands covered,

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I needed this!

This book really helped me to get on top of using Dragon to dictate my book. The software is great, but until you know HOW to set it up, you are wasting a lot of time and effort. Definitely worth the time and money to 'read' this book to get better at Dragon.

I would recommend you listen first, but also get the kindle book so you can get a good visual on where to click and where to find some of the options the author recommends. With Whispersync, it's a cheap addition to this version of the book.

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  • GIE
  • 02-24-18

Brilliant book if you're into dictation via Dragon

What made the experience of listening to The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

The content was fantastic. It answered every question I had and much more

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are no characters

What about Scott Baker’s performance did you like?

He tackled the subject of dictation from every ange

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

None

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  • Jaz
  • 01-19-18

Very Clear Guide To Dictation

This book has got me up and running on Dragon in no time. Highly recommended

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