TypeWell's clear, concise format conveys the essential meaning of what is said, without false starts, redundant phrasing, and other extraneous text.

TypeWell transcribers are trained in meaning-for-meaning transcribing. Why? Because it completely conveys the speaker's intended meaning in fewer words so the reader can quickly assimilate the content and participate in the discussion as it happens.

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More importantly, a TypeWell meaning-for-meaning transcript reflects the speaker’s emphasis, pauses, and body language — each of which can significantly impact the reader's comprehension.

For example, a speaker might modify the meaning of a sentence with a gesture or a facial expression, or by emphasizing one word over others. A meaning-for-meaning transcript includes that non-verbal, nuanced information.

A totally verbatim transcript can be cumbersome to read, especially in real time.

Watch this brief overview about the benefits of meaning-for-meaning transcripts.

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The following transcript excerpts also demonstrate how a meaning-for-meaning transcript provides a more succinct, yet complete, chronicle of the lecture or discussion.

Meaning-for-meaning

We had to do an inter-governmental agreement. We also got some money from the county because this was a trail system. And we probably got transit funds because we cut down on motorized use by promoting walking and bike riding.

The downside to this agreement is that we have to pass all our plans through the county. This adds another level of bureaucracy. It took longer to finish the project than if we had just done it on our own.

Verbatim

We had to do, well, basically an inter-governmental agreement. We also did, we got some money from, I think it was the county, probably, because it was a trails— yes, I think it was county money because it was a trail system. And probably transit funds to cut down on— the theory is, you're cutting down on motorized use by walking, riding bikes, and things. The downside to that is we have to pass all our plans through the county. So it's another level of bureaucracy, you know, and of course it took a little bit longer to finish than had we just gone out on our own.