• Tara Humphrey

Increase your productivity with Voice Technology

At THC, we are big fans of utilising voice technology to save time. Here are some of our favourite apps.

WhatsApp – Free download from Google Play

Before we found Slack and before the Covid-19 hit, within our team, we would often use WhatsApp to communicate when we were out and about. Using the speaker button to record messages instead of typing, enabled us to provide clear directions in a short space of time.

I don’t have to worry about typos, and it reduces any misunderstandings as my team can hear the tone of my voice. Also, unlike me calling them, it enables them to re-listen to the message if required.

In the past I have conducted a blog interview using WhatsApp due to a poor telephone signal. Not wanting to miss this opportunity, I asked the interviewer to text me the questions, and then I would reply using voice notes. Easy Peasy!

I have started to use voice notes with my clients when I’m struggling to get a reply. To make it easy for them to come back to me, I ask them to simply send me a voice note which me or a member of my team can transcribe. This is particularly effective with I’m trying to get information to fill in reports.

I also often use WhatsApp to send reminders to my husband and communicate with my business coach.

Voice Note Book – Free Download from Google Play

I am a big fan of the Voice Note Book App on my phone which is a dictation tool that converts my voice notes to text and I use this tool to help me write my blogs. (This blog was created when I was out walking the dog, to ensure I captured my ideas. I just whipped out my phone and then emailed the text to myself to edit.).

Voice Recorder – Found on Desk Top PC

If I’m at my desk I will use the Voice Recorder application when explaining detailed instructions to suppliers or members of my team.

Voxer - Free Download from Google Play

To communicate with my friends from across the pond, I use Voxer. This is like WhatsApp, but it doesn’t require a phone number. The best thing about using Voxer is that it doesn’t matter about the time zone.

We can have a full-blown conversation when it’s convenient for us both, 1-2-1 or in a group.

To sum up, the benefits of using these voice applications are:

1. Free to use

2. Work on most devices

3. Provide a more personal approach

4. Easy to use

5. Enables you to save time

I would love to know if you utilise these or similar tools and if you do not, would you consider trying one and seeing how you get on?

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Tara Humphrey is the founder of THC Primary Care, a leading healthcare consultancy specialising in workforce transformation and the host of the Business of Healthcare Podcast.

Tara and her team also work with GP federations supporting the implementation of clinical services.

Tara has over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sector and has an MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, is published in the London Journal of Primary Care and is the author of over 150 blogs.