It was me.
It’s true, I am in this industry because of a love of typing – real typing.
Most people nowadays have keyboard skills, it’s expected, it’s part of life, teachers and pupils use keyboards in lessons, youngsters at home are simply used to seeing keyboards/using keyboards/hearing keyboards … phones, tablets, PCs … ambient noise for the past twenty years or so.
Not everyone appreciates, however, that keyboard skills are not the same as ‘typing’. A professional typist is a qualified individual who has worked hard to hone specialist skills. It is not just a matter of using the correct fingers on the QWERTY keyboard (not everyone who uses a keyboard is even aware that there are correct positions for every finger, and that ‘home keys’ exist). The professional typist is trained in letter and document layout, is aware of correct spacing (it’s not just a matter of choice how many lines to leave between the date and the ‘Dear’). The properly trained typist has built up not only accuracy and speed, but has been taught how to properly formulate letters and reports. The speedy audio typist is very adept at making appropriate judgements and decisions – many ‘dictators’ (those who dictate) never use punctuation in their dictation, but rely on the audio typist to understand what is being said, and to ensure that what ends up on the paper makes perfect sense.
A professionally trained typist is very skilled and becomes fluent in jargon and terminology from all industries. Typing from a dictated source is a great way to absorb knowledge.
Professionally typed documents really can make a difference to how customers view you and the service you offer. When you have documents, letters or e-mails to send to your customers it is well worth having them prepared properly by a specialist. A professionally trained, competent typist can give you a competitive edge.
If you want to issue documents which enhance the fact that you are an expert in your field, use an expert to prepare them – a typist.