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Transcription Review: Rev and Temi

Rev & Temi

Want to create content fast? Use a transcription service to turn audio into written documents:

  • Interviews
  • Podcast transcription
  • Speeches
  • Book content
  • Blogs
  • Thought capture

Recently, I “debriefed” myself on an important meeting using the native voice recorder on my iPhone, thinking I would use the recording to create a “highlights” document from the 7-minute recording. Then, I had a better idea: use a transcription service!

After a few minutes of research on Google, I decided to try out the Rev and Temi apps, both owned by the same company.

Rev— upload a recording and have a human transcribe it for $1 a minute (first 10 minutes free) within 12 hours. A transcription is sent in Microsoft Word.

Temi-a newer service that does machine transcription for 10 cents a minute, within 5 minutes. Right now it is a free service (Beta), although I could not upload directly from my phone as I had recorded in another app, (but you can record in the app). I had to go to and upload at the website (I had uploaded the audio to Dropbox from my phone). When you get the file, you can do edits on their editing too.

My Rev file came back in 25 minutes and the Temi file came back in a minute. I was impressed with both. The Rev transcription had mostly correct capitalization and punctuation and only one spelling error (“regents advisors” instead of “region advisors”). The Temi file was slightly less accurate.

Save yourself some time and capture written records of audio!

Try Screencasting Free with Jing

Have you ever tried to explain to someone in an email or on the phone how to do something on the computer?  You can take screenshots and that helps, but sometimes people need to see how you do things.

Try screencasting free with Jing, an easy tool to create brief tutorial content or to give feedback.  With Jing you can share images and short videos of what you do on your computer.

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Elevator Speech Alternative

Does anybody really like giving an elevator speech?  They are cumbersome to memorize. They don’t sound conversational. They make me want to puke!  I don’t like giving or receiving them.

Because people don’t like giving an elevator speech in one-on-one conversation, all too often, they go to the other extreme. When asked the question “What do you do?” they answer with a boring description of their job title.  Yawn.

Would you like an elevator speech alternative, a short, benefit-focused statement that leaves your conversation partner leaning forward, asking for more?

Try a bumper sticker statement!  A bumper sticker statement is one sentence that briefly states what you do and what benefit you bring.

The Bumper Sticker - An Elevator Speech Alternative

Bumper Sticker Statement Definition


Here’s a bumper sticker statement I might use:

Bumper Sticker Statement long example


If I want something shorter and more intriguing, I might use a tag line alternative:

Bumper Sticker statement tag line

The video (3:46) explains how to craft your bumper sticker!

Try Your Elevator Speech Alternative: The Bumper Sticker!


If you are in a formal networking situation, in which people have 45-60 seconds to give an elevator speech in a group setting, you can expand on your bumper sticker (this is also useful to use in conversation, if the person asks for more details).  I’ve called whomever you do work for your “customer.”  Even if you aren’t in sales you can consider your work as benefiting a “customer.”:

I help:  _______________________________________________ (your “customer”)

with _________________________________________________ (problem you solve, benefit-focused)

When they work with me they  _______________________________ (how do you make your “customer’s” life better?

This results in:  __________________________________________ (positive outcomes)

Your Name

Your Company

Your Tagline

If you are talking with someone one-on-one, this format, which is fine for a short “commercial” at a networking event, will sound stilted.  Better to ditch the pitch and just use the elevator speech alternative, the “bumper sticker” in conversation!

To learn more about networking and small talk, get my book, Small Talk Big Results: Chit Chat Your Way to Success!

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