One thing I do a lot of is interviewing. Working remotely, I attend a lot of webinars and online meetings. As one who is already guilty of word hoarding, the last thing I really want to do is miss a single comment. Are you like this? You’re listening to someone talking and then they use a phrase or a word and then you find yourself thinking about that. They haven’t stopped talking either, so you probably are missing all that followed. For how long?
Having never learned shorthand, it’s impossible for anyone but a court reporter to keep up with taking notes when the great ideas begin to fly. Add to that, I didn’t learn courtroom reporting, nor do I have such a reporter at my beck and call.
But I think I’ve found something even better.
JiGMO a little voice activated voice recorder. This little beauty fits in a pocket or purse and the microphone is amazing. It picks up sounds and voices from up to 10 feet away. I have been at the back of a hotel conference room listening to a presentation and it caught every syllable.
What I especially like (after using a different brand that required a review of instructions far too often) is that it’s so easy to use. Just slide the switch to “on”. In three blinks of the light, you’re recording. The light doesn’t stay on which makes it even more unobtrusive. Because it looks like a jump drive, people don’t feel intimidated by it. They won’t even notice they’re being recorded.
It can records for up to 96 hours, (.wav files) on a single charge. To recharge it, make sure your switch is in the “off” position and plug it into your computer’s USB port. And you’re listening to the meeting. When it’s charging, the light is red, and when it’s full, it’s blue. When you’re downloading files, it flickers between the two. Make sure to close out through the computer before removing the device.
My other very pricey voice recorder had additional features, additional steps and the recordings from the microphone were always slightly fuzzy. These do not have playback features on the device, no headphone port. You can use it as a recorder and/or a jump drive.
So, if you’re like me, and you want to capture every word, I highly recommend this gem. They come in black, silver and gold with a wrist strap or string loop. Let me hear your thoughts!