Can using Dragon really save you time?

How much faster than typing is Dragon, and can it really save you time? 

This very much depends on how much time you spend typing during an ordinary working week.

Let’s look at my typing…

I am a very slow typist but with my voice I regularly type at speeds of more than 120 words a minute. This means that if I have a 2000 word report to write, it will take me under 17 minutes!

The average typing speed is about 40 words a minute, and evidence of a piece of research that shows this can be found in a document called Typing Speed: How Fast is Average: 4,000 typing scores statistically analysed and interpreted, written by Teresia R. Ostrach, President of Five Star Staffing, Inc., Orlando.

The document can be found here…

I won’t quote too much from it, but fundamentally the authors argue that less than half the world’s population has the manual dexterity to type at more than 50 words a minute, and this means that the same 2000 word report will take 40 minutes, but this does not take into account typing errors!!

Most people will be able to type three times faster with their voice, so if you work a 40 hour week and spend 50% of that time at the keyboard typing, you will actually save over 6 hours a week – that must be worth thinking about because many people today are drowning in a sea of paperwork!

Increasing your ability to write by this amount will help save you time to focus on other areas of your business, and will also improve the service that you are able to offer to your customers.


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