Connecting the Dots: Recordings > Transcriptions > Visibility & Access
6 September 2015

Connecting the Dots: Recordings > Transcriptions > Visibility & Access

Thousands of inspirational public speeches have been held in history of humankind. Regrettably, only the ones that have been recorded remained as cultural legacy, brought to our times. There are, however, a decent number of those, which are at our disposal. Have you heard about I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King or Connecting the Dots by Steve Jobs? You got it – it was possible thanks to the records.

Why Recording Is Crucial

I Have a Dream was given by Martin Luther King in 1963. It’s fantastic, if you had the chance to witness The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in person. If not, you can still listen to the recording here:


Let’s compare these two alternative cases (witnessing vs. listening post factum). The differences are undeniable, aren’t they?

Live Speech Recording
Present Past
In public In private
Presence Absence
Natural Artificial
Authentic Derivative
Focus on emotions Focus on ratio

To sum up, the greatest advantage of recorded speech is you can replay it as much as it suits your needs. Recordings also spare you from interpretations, which are normally based on your emotions as listeners. They are colder than live speeches but data is not supposed to be warm, right?

Why Transcriptions Make Recordings Visible and More Accessible

If you have 15 spare minutes, we would recommend you to listen to Connecting the Dots. That’s a truly inspiring commencement address by Steve Jobs to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005:



In case you have less time, at least go through its transcription (

Admittedly, transcriptions can’t replace recordings but they do supplement them:

1) Reading a transcription takes less time – because you can scan over it.
2) The structure of the speech is crystal clear – that can help you improve your public speaking skills, too.
3) The memorable quotes are easy to copy and use – that definitely has its perks in the media space.
4) Search engine systems recognize it pretty easy – it is awesome to type the title of your record in Google and get it among the top results!