USB Microphone for Dragon Naturally Speaking 11

Dragon Naturally Speaking 1 is an incredibly useful tool for businesses and individuals – in terms of productivity gains – but only if you have a quality headset microphone that is capable of supporting the Dragon 11 software.

For those who are unfamiliar with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 – it is essentially voice recognition software that allows you to dictate to the computer in order to have your words transcribed into text that you can input into most windows programs. This means you can use it with Word and dictate essays, articles, and any other large quantities of text which makes it much faster than writing by hand. On average it is said to be around three times faster than typing normally would be. At the same time though it’s not just quicker than writing by hand, but also allows you to avoid some of the downsides of typing. For instance if you use this or other voice recognition software then you won’t have to be sitting down – you can be moving around and going about other things, for example why not tidy your home or even write something (this would really increase your productivity).

A USB microphone that is wireless like the GN9330e is designed for speech to text software like dragon. Likewise you can use this or similar software in order to write while driving. As long as you are careful to make sure it is all set up first and you obey your local driving laws- then it will be no different than talking on the phone hands free. If you’re not sure about the law in your area, then you will certainly be able to use the combination while walking places (if you have a small netbook). The other benefit of using a USB microphone with Dragon 11 over a keyboard is that you don’t need to look at the screen. If you’re the kind of person who finds they hate sitting and staring at a screen all day as part of their job, then you will be very pleased to learn that you can completely avoid this by using a USB headset and Dragon 11 in order to dictate your work from a distance – while looking out of the window or even doing press-ups.

All of this will increase your productivity and this has hundreds of uses for any business. If you work for a media company then it has obvious advantages, allowing people to work away from their desk and multitask. Meanwhile it can be used for data entry companies – imagine how much more pleasant this could make the job for your staff and how much more work they could get done in the same time and for the same wage with Dragon Naturally Speaking and a quality USB headset. This would hugely increase not only job satisfaction but also profits. For other individuals this can be a great way to surf the web, for students a perfect way to write articles without having to get out of bed, or for writers a perfect way to write a novel – dictating the way that many of the classic novelists would have done. It’s of course also an invaluable tool for those who are disabled and who might otherwise struggle to use a keyboard.

Of course all this is dependent on having a good quality microphone and without a good microphone you won’t be able to make the most of this software. By buying a USB microphone then, you can make Dragon Naturally Speaking run perfectly or any other piece of recognition software giving you around 99% accuracy and serving to be a great investment. The included analogue microphone with Dragon naturally speaking 11 just doesn’t deliver the accuracy business users demand – a quality USB microphone headset like the Andrea NC181VM USB guarantees accurate and fast voice recognition input into Dragon 11 or Dragon Dictate Mac.

How to Incorporate the Feng Shui Dragon in Your Home Decorating

The Feng Shui dragon is one of the most auspicious of all ancient Chinese symbols. It is not only one of the most powerful of the Feng Shui cures but is the embodiment of yang, the strong masculine energy.

The Feng Shui dragon is best known as the traditional cure for wealth and prosperity. If you consult the Bagua, the Feng Shui energy map, you will learn that the financial area of your home is in the southeast.

According to Chinese astrology, the wealth star changes every year. For 2009, southeast is the luckiest sector, with star 8 as the wealth star. Fire colors are recommended in 2009 to decorate your home office. A golden dragon here is the penultimate prosperity cure. If your southeast area is missing or incomplete, you can use a mirror to balance out the space. Chinese coins can also bring good fortune.

Traditionally dragons were believe to be able to control the climate. Wind, clouds and rain, all beyond our control, were thought to be controlled by dragons. This makes the Feng Shui dragon a powerful symbol for agricultural businesses and those businesses that rely on the weather.

Because the dragon is the embodiment of male energy and success, it makes a great housewarming or business gift for the man in your life. Selecting a dragon with a pearl or crystal in its claw symbolizes power, good fortune and a wealth of opportunities.

To strengthen the love and marriage area of your home, consult your Bagua, then be sure to pair the Dragon with the Phoenix. This pairing is the ultimate symbol for marital bliss.

Dragons also symbolize the number 9, the number of luck and good fortune in Chinese tradition… Having a dragon with the number 9 is a good way to bring good luck to those who possess it. Don’t be tempted to place 9 dragons in your home for extra luck, the maximum number of dragons recommended is five.

The dragon carries a strong energy of activity and creativity, so avoid using in low energy areas like the bathroom or garage. Place the dragon around eye level, and not too much higher, and always treat the dragon with respect. Don’t stick it in a closet! Place him in an open space, facing towards the center of the home, but not against a wall or corner. If there is a pearl or crystal in its claw, never face them towards a door or window.

Placed with honor, the Feng Shui dragon can bring success to many areas of your life, and allow you to harness the power of the dragon!

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Dragon Slayers

BBC Television in the UK has a surprise hit: Dragons’ Den. In this show, entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of 5 successful business men and women, with the prize being investment by the ‘Dragons’ in the fledgling business.

It’s compelling viewing, partly because of the sheer diversity of inventions and new business ideas on display, but principally because the Dragons are so rude and aggressive with entrepreneurs.

If a Dragon likes a proposition, they will offer a sum of money in exchange for an equity share – sometimes asking for as much as 50% of a business. These people are strong negotiators, in a position of strength, dealing with often inexperienced negotiators who may be in front of a TV camera for the first time.

These negotiations are compelling, and highly revealing. There are many lessons to be learned from observing the ways in which people handle this pressure, but the one I wish to focus on here is the nature of dominance. Time after time, Dragons show a surprising failure to understand the mindset of people who are different to them.

A recent show had an entrepreneur with a truly wonderful product – a seatbelt adjustor to keep children comfortable and safe – which all the Dragons loved. However, one Dragon simply could not understand why this entrepreneur hadn’t succeeded in setting up a distribution deal – he actually accused the man of laziness. I think most people would have looked at this entrepreneur and said to themselves ‘he isn’t really a salesman, he’s an inventor. Respect his skills – don’t expect him to excel in salesmanship’. Yet this Dragon persisted in tearing a strip off the poor man, who responded with calmness and dignity (and yes, he did eventually close his deal).

Why did a successful businessman have so much difficulty understanding that we are not all born salesmen? I believe that this is a kind of ‘mind blindness’, a difficulty which I have observed in many dominant personalities. Natural leaders often have difficulty understanding submissive behaviours. Sometimes they will accuse gentle people of a kind of dishonesty – they simply cannot accept that a person can be unassuming, lacking in ego or have little desire to dominate. Freudians might describe this as a form of ‘projection’ – the dominant individual unconsciously believes that everybody shares his wishes and aspirations, and is sometimes genuinely baffled by the decisions other people make.

It is commonplace to hear natural leaders described as ‘confident’, but I would like to differ. That is a very narrow view of confidence. It is my belief that the truly confident person is able to be modest, unassuming and open to other people, if this is their preference. Expressing your beliefs candidly and calmly, and accepting that others may have different beliefs, is a hallmark of true confidence. Dominance traits may help you to succeed in business, but business is only a small part of the much greater enterprise of life.

And the truly confident people on Dragons’ Den? They are the handful of entrepreneurs who maintain their dignity and calmness in an atmosphere of intimidation and challenge. We all encounter dragons in our daily lives – maybe people who are very senior at work, or perhaps those who appear to have been born to rule. How we deal with dragons says a great deal about us; we know that we are truly adult when we can respond firmly and gently, without resentment, and stand our ground. This is an example of Status Confidence in action – the ability to deal with people appropriately regardless of their status. For further information on this topic, please consult http://www.confidenceclub.net/content/statusconfidence.php