Tools of the Trade
As you are probably starting to notice, using different tools can really impact your productivity. Speed Writing isn’t just about how fast you can type, it’s also about the many technical aides that are available now due to the power of modern electronics. Yes, many of them cost money to get, but they also end up being a great investment that can pay you back by freeing up additional time, and some will even help maintain your sanity and health too as you start to mass produce articles for the Internet.
So, without delay, let’s get started discussing the great products out there that can boost your productivity into the stratosphere!
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Once you start to type article after article, maybe an eBook in between, you might start feeling the beginning symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a very serious disorder that affects the tendons in your hands and can cause a great deal of pain. It can keep you off the keyboard for long periods of time too! So, getting a program that saves your wrists while it increases your writing speed is really a great investment for you as a content developer.
This program, Dragon Naturally Speaking, is a godsend for Internet marketers who may have a good idea of what they want to say, but have very poor typing skills. It allows them to speak and have the program type the spoken words into a word processor for you. It may take a while to get used to, but the newer version has about a 99% accuracy rate. You will still need to proofread your work before you send it, but generally, that makes it even easier to do. If you type something, you will notice that reading it over for grammatical errors is harder for the writer, and that’s why people generally hand off their work to others to proofread. But, if you speak the words, your eyes will see the words as new and won’t be as likely to filter out the mistakes when you proofread.
If you can’t imagine how much this program can speed up your writing, think about this. Nuance.com, the makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking 11, estimates that people typically type less than 40 words per minute, but can speak up to 120 words per minute. That’s three times faster! So, if you get into the hang of using this program, you will have the potential to be three times faster than normal!
Now, that isn’t the only benefit you get with Dragon Naturally Speaking. You can also search the web much quicker by using web commands to do your surfing. In fact, you can even create word commands that allow you to insert blocks of texts or images into your documents. This is particularly effective for inserting signatures. The program isn’t just used with Microsoft Word. You can also use it with Outlook, Excel, Corel, and WordPerfect. There is even an option to use a handheld device when you’re not near the PC to later use with Dragon Naturally Speaking to insert into your documents. It is also compatible with Nuance-approved Bluetooth headsets.
The program starts at $69 – $300. But, it is a software program that is guaranteed to save your wrists and speed up your writing with dramatic effects. Please see the resource section to find a link to this product which is available at http://www.nuance.com.
Here’s another great program that isn’t nearly so expensive. The Visual Thesaurus, available at http://www.visualthesaurus.com, generates a blossom of related word branches from a single word that you put into it. As you see them visually, you can also drill down by clicking on any word in that layout. This is great for brainstorming word lists. It is based on a monthly or a yearly subscription of $2.95 per month or $19.95 per year.
This little online tool can help you generate your power words much more quickly. This will help you build customized word lists on any topic that you can imagine or think up. What’s even nicer is that this tool is based on a community concept. If you want to look up other people’s word lists, you can! That can save you enormous amounts of time creating power word lists. It comes with over 145,000 English words with 115,000 associated meanings. You can even use this tool with several different languages: Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, and French.