The top 10 reasons to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking!

This short video shows the top 10 reasons to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking!

Let’s have a look at these points in more detail…

  1. I always want to complete my paperwork as quickly as I can – with Dragon NaturallySpeaking I can type at 120 words a minute, completing a page of A4 in under 4 minutes! I am confident that I can show you how to do this yourself!
  2. I will show you how using Dragon can help you to reduce your costs. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average take home salary was £455 a week or £21,840 a year in November 2014. If you employ people who spend 50% of their time at their PC you can help them reduce this time by a third – saving £7,280 per person per year!!
  3. Completing paperwork this quickly will help to reduce any stress you may feel when trying to meet deadlines, and reduce the hours that you work as a result.
  4. Voice recognition software is now in widespread use on devices like smartphones and TV’s – it makes sense to work smarter!
  5. This will all help you to improve the service that you offer to your customers.
  6. Reducing the use of the keyboard will reduce the risk of problems such as RSI for you or your employees.
  7. You control your email and calendar with your voice.
  8. Create text on your PC even if you are not in the office using a smartphone and free app! (This requires the Professional version).
  9. Create reports, spreadsheets, presentations and more with your voice. Instantly format and delete text.
  10. And finally, it really works! I guarantee this with my training or I will take the software away. I also provide a free copy of Dragon Premium with my training, so there has never been a better time to try this software and see what a difference it will make for you.

The top ten reasons to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking! – Stop typing, start living!

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking problems

Dragon NaturallySpeaking problems… is your Dragon misbehaving?!
If you feel that you are not seeing the results you expected when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, there is almost certainly an easy solution! If it is setup correctly there should be no reasons for anyone to experience Dragon NaturallySpeaking problems!
Version 13 of Dragon is the latest available and is unbelievably good, so much so that I guarantee satisfaction with my training! I recently trained an employment lawyer who told me that within a week of using it, it has revolutionised his way of working!
You may have a problem with the settings, so try these options…
  • Have a look at retuning the microphone from the Dragon Bar (under Audio – Check microphone)
  •  Read a bit more text to improve the accuracy (under Audio – Read text to improve accuracy)
  • Launch Accuracy Tuning (under Audio – Launch accuracy tuning)
  • Also, the best thing you can do initially is to speak slowly and clearly using short phrases. I generally find that the faster I speak, the more recognition errors I see, and speaking clearly allows me to type at 120 words a minute!

I hope to be running some workshops in Witney and other parts of Oxfordshire soon. As well as looking at what is possible with voice recognition, I will also include a troubleshooting section! If this is of interest, please do get in touch by emailing

Neil Sleight



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GP Speech recognition

This post considers how GP speech recognition might help in busy GP Practices.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is now so accurate that it is a genuine productivity tool and is being used more and more in the medical world. It even has a distinct medical version with a very specialised vocabulary and it can definitely help GP Practices today – especially those that are struggling to keep up with the demands placed on them.

I am helping to promote and support LOASys (Logical Office Automation System) locally because I have seen it and know that it has the potential to help every GP! Why would any GP or Practice Manager consider using it?

  • to improve efficiency
  • to improve quality of information collected
  • to reduce costs

We can help with this by using advanced practice management systems that are easy to use, and which take advantage of the latest voice recognition software! With this solution, the dictation typist is a computer, and will be available to work 24 hours a day, 365 says a year!

There are no upfront fees for this solution and for orders placed before 31st March 2015, a free microphone is provided!


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Dragon Accreditation

I’m happy to say that having attended my Dragon Accreditation training program – a two day update session for the latest release of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I passed the online examination that followed!

This means that I am currently one of only seven trainers in the country who are accredited for the latest version of Dragon!

Neil Sleight

Accreditation Certificate version 13!

Accreditation Certificate version 13!

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Can Dragon help if you are dyslexic

I’m often asked whether the question “can Dragon help if you are dyslexic?”. The answer is a definite yes!

I have been able to help many people with dyslexia who are now successfully using Dragon to help make their writing easier. Not only does it save time but it also significantly reduces the errors that they make when typing because Dragon cannot make a spelling mistake!

People who are dyslexic often tell me that they know what they want to write and can talk about it, but they cannot get those words onto the page, and when they do, they often use simpler words which make their work look less professional.

Dragon will help with these problems!

The following text comes from an article written by Maryellen Grady…

I’m an assistant principal, writer and former English teacher (and I happen to be dyslexic)

I have never been able to type because I have severe dyslexia. It was when I was appointed to assistant principal that my husband, an attorney, insisted on purchasing me a copy of this software he called the “Dragon Speaking program.” I haven’t looked back since.

By Maryellen Grady

Posted November 19, 2014

I’m an assistant principal at a middle school, a writer, and former English teacher. I have never been able to type because I have severe dyslexia. Simple emails, papers, lesson plans, teacher observations, newspaper articles, and stories I composed always took me much longer to type than actually create. It was a frustration that I felt I had to live with.

When I was appointed as the assistant principal, my husband, an attorney, insisted on purchasing the “Dragon Speaking program” for me. He had used it for years to dictate memos and prepare for trials. When I first got Dragon, I was a bit intimidated. I didn’t know how it would really work for my writing style. You see, I always write out in long hand all of my work before I would type it. However, adjusting to having this tool proved much easier than I thought. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking for everything. I also have presented the Dragon program to the entire administrative staff of our school system. In addition, I have suggested that parents purchased this program for students who are struggling in their classes.

Dragon has truly changed my life. I will always be dyslexic, but this tool has allowed me to be more efficient, productive, and happy.

The full article can be found here…

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How to keep improving at work

How to keep improving in a fast-moving, tech-heavy world? Speak up!

This text comes from an article written by Rick Brown – the full version can be found here…

In its latest iteration, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 stands tall and proud, emerging as the most accurate, fastest, and all-around best version of Dragon yet. While the central dogma of the use of Dragon remains the same, several new features have been added to make the Dragon experience even more engaging and productive.

For instance, for the first time, users are able to put down their headsets and engage with Dragon via built-in microphone, if so desired. Just think: you can cook dinner and edit your novel, write a report not sitting but standing, fold laundry and email your boss, all with the innate and inherent power of your own voice. Never before has Dragon been so natural, comfortable, or flexible.

In the age of computers, typing, desks and phone calls, we spend hours a day slouching in a desk chair, hunched over a keyboard. Working becomes not only mentally challenging, but physically taxing, as we contort our body into an unnatural hunch that our backs most certainly resent – not to mention our future selves. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 enables us to break out of the literal work day slump and write emails, draft documents, and search the Web not with fingers moving on a keyboard and back slouching over a computer, but with voice.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Dragon 13 is the complete experience it can offer you: voice command and control lets you interact with your computer in a comfortable, ergonomic way that enables you to work hands-free or to multitask. No longer bound by desk, chair, or keyboard, you are empowered to work how you want, where you want.

Dragon 13 also now comes with an enhanced, modern and intuitive user interface, mediating the ever-important relationship between human and technology and allowing you and Dragon to “get to know each other” with ease. Dragon 13 also features a new, contemporary user interface, faster profile setup, and significant improvements in web application support. The new Rich Internet Application support (RIA) leverages theW3C ARIA accessibility standard for the web and delivers more robust control of web applications Full Text Control in supported text fields for popular Internet applications like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and The new RIA support is compatible with, as well as the latest versions of the Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers.

The relationship between Dragon and user is entirely reciprocal: just as you learn Dragon, Dragon learns you. The Dragon experience is personalized, as it becomes more and more accurate by actually learning the words and phrases that you use the most. Adaptive intelligence is the best kind.

The experience of using Dragon 13 is just as liberating as all other versions of the program, but new improvements make this version the best yet. Dragon is the fastest and most accurate way to interact with your computer, and it dramatically boosts your personal productivity. Running on a boundless expanse of programs and applications, Dragon 13 also gives you more freedom than ever: with Dragon, you can dictate text anywhere you would normally type. And for the first time, built-in mic support makes this dictation possible without the constraint of a headset.

More than just capable of performing these tasks, Dragon is able to perform them exceptionally well. Dragon delivers up to 99% speech recognition accuracy right out of the box, so you can start dictating with near-perfect accuracy the day you purchase it. Our most innovate and exciting Dragon yet, Dragon 13 will revolutionise the way you work and empower you to be your most productive self.


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Office in a Box and Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Talking Typist has teamed up with office automation specialist eCDocs to offer a complete system – ‘Office in a Box and Dragon NaturallySpeaking’.

This system offers small businesses big business facilities at a sensible price and might be described as thinking inside the box!

Office in a Box provides a one stop, single user, office administration system for just £999 plus VAT. We all use word processing, spreadsheets and email on a daily basis, but what if we could do this with our voice? Office in a Box includes…

  • A completely configured and tailored high spec laptop – HP i5, 6Gb Windows 8
  • Microsoft Office 2013 with Outlook
  • Dragon 13 speech recognition with a wired headset microphone
  • Training video module
  • eCDocs CRM software
  • Antivirus software
  • Delivery

With this you can store the names and addresses of clients, suppliers and contacts just as big businesses do, then easily send emails and letters created with just a couple of mouse clicks. Click and save responses and scans of documents that are automatically indexed for rapid retrieval.

Office in a Box is delivered fully set up and ready to go and the Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software included is highly accurate and very productive, allowing you to dictate your letters, reports or emails exactly as if you had a secretary!

With Office in a Box you can work in the comfort of your desk or at home, it is completely up to you! You are no longer restricted to your office. This system gives you more time to do the things that your business requires you to do in order to maximise your profits and boost efficiency and it is simple to use and affordable!

“We use Office in a Box and our business has grown 50% each year for the past 3 years but our office administration costs have not increased at all.”

Laura Davies, daMar Security, Solihull

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dragon naturally speaking

Did you know that Dragon Naturally Speaking is now so fast and accurate that it can really make a difference to the way that you work?

Do you really, really enjoy tapping away at your keyboard creating emails, blogs, regular newsletters or other written material for your clients or customers?

Do you (or someone you know) regularly spend six hours or more each week doing just this?

If so, I can show you an inexpensive, guaranteed way to save at least two hours of these six hours again and again!

This will make a big difference to the way that you work and will improve the service that you are able to offer. It will also allow you to get more done, but you will take less time to do it!!

Dragon 13

Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software is the tool that will help you and I can show you how! I am so confident that it will help you that I will provide a free copy of the software with my inexpensive training (one half day), with a guarantee that if you think it will not make your working life easier, I will take it away with no questions.

So this is free software, inexpensive training and guaranteed to help!

Please contact me to fine out more about this unbeatable offer!! There has never been a better time to Stop Typing and Start Living!!


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How fast can you type

Most people can only manage to type at about 40 words a minute and as a result find themselves struggling to keep up with an ever growing volume of paperwork. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and can type at speeds in excess of 120 words a minute, so I complete my paperwork faster. How fast can you type?!

Talking Typist is working with LOASys (Logical Office Automation Systems) to automate the process of transcribing spoken text using a portable dictation device, or even a mobile phone! This system is absolutely ideal for busy GP Practices, particularly in light of the recent news about increasing workloads and pressure for many GPs.

Using a similar technique would allow you to…

  • complete your paperwork quickly
  • reduce any stress you feel due to deadlines
  • improve the service you are able to provide to your patients
  • meet obligatory deadlines

What if the ‘dictation typist’ was a computer ready to work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?

You will be able to dictate when working away from your Practice, and send your recording back to your computer server simply by pressing send. Your recording is then interpreted automatically and converted to text so that it is ready for you to check when you return. This can also be completed for you by support staff who can listen to your message (with instructions if necessary), and ensure the text is correct. It is also then loaded automatically into an appropriate document template ready for printing and sending out!

This is such a powerful technique and I’m really pleased to be able to provide training and support for medical practices in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. I would be very happy to provide a demonstration and answer any questions that you may have. Please contact me by email at

There has never been a better time to Stop Typing and Start Living!!

Neil Sleight

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