Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies, 5th Edition
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The Dragon Professional Individual voice recognition software is amazingly accurate, but you can do these following things to improve its accuracy even more:

  • Have a habit of speaking too quickly? Think about slowing down before you speak and don't keep drinking more cups of coffee throughout the day.

  • Think about your overall speech pattern. If you slur your words or run phrases together, you aren't giving your assistant a fighting chance.

  • If you tend to sit too long, try standing when you dictate. You may find yourself breathing better and, in turn, speaking better.

  • Notice if you have the dreaded "Ummm" invading your speech. When you hear yourself say it, stop and gather your thoughts; then start again.

  • It can seem like it's always cold and flu season. If you sound stuffy, do your best to enunciate your words clearly and keep well hydrated with water and soup.

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