For years, I’ve used a handheld digital recorder to capture sound bytes and conversations for the purpose of creating content.
I’ve always used an Olympus recorder, making sure it has a USB port and either Voice Activation or Voice Playback (or both). You can record hundreds of hours and quickly transfer the files to your computer.
- Think Out Loud – During longer drives, I’ll think out loud into the recorder or a microphone.
- Interviews – On occasion, I’ll interview clients about their business or customers for testimonials
- Writing – If I get to an appointment too early, I’ll sometimes park the car and “write” a few paragraphs into the recorder.
The reason I like to have a USB port and Voice Activation or Voice Playback is to make the transcription easier. If you’re using the sound bytes for a podcast, there are other tools to use for editing.
For busy small business owners who aren’t always sure what to write, a handheld recorder is a great addition for capturing the practice of Listen to Your Day.
You can find these types of recorders priced around $100 at many big-box office supply stores or electronics, at Amazon, or directly from Olympus.