This week’s Technology of the Week: Otter.ai
What is Otter.ai
Otter.ai is a platform that allows users to record conversations, transcribe the audio and share the results.
What does Otter.ai do?
It has lots of features including
Recording conversations right from your phone or computer. You can import or sync recordings from other services, and it integrates with Zoom.
The technology transcribes the audio. If you have a video with the sound it adds real-time captions, and once you have ended the recording you receive a searchable transcript which is synced with the audio, it shows different speakers and key phrases that have come up throughout the conversation.
The transcription is accurate, it still needs to be proofed, don’t get me wrong, but actually, it is excellent.
Why does Otter.ai benefit Assistants?
So how to use it. Well if you have to sit in a meeting, you can record from your phone or laptop and then review the transcript and pull out the useful information for the minutes.
If your executive has the app on their phone, they can record every meeting, the transcript goes to you to again pull out tasks, and any follow-up actions they need to make. Otter.ai is now fully integrated with Zoom, so you can transcribe the conversations quickly and share the results with the other people on the call.
Why is it the technology of the week?
I’ve always been a bit dubious about using audio recording to help me be more productive, I usually prefer to stick to well good old fashioned pen and paper but as I’ve been using more technology I’ve started to realise how helpful it is. So I thought about what technology can help with minute taking – which is such a big task for Assistants and discovered Otter.AI. It is, without doubt, the most accessible and most advanced platform in this space.
If you haven’t thought about using audio before to help with task management or speeding up your minute taking, now might be the time. The free package gives you 600 minutes of transcription.