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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

     Male secretaries were common when this piece was written as I've said before so don't take offense to the standard English practice of referring to groups of men and women (even just one man in the group) as male (he/him). Once more, as with other postings from this book, the take is far too short for adequate testing at speeds at or over 100 wpm.

Applied Secretarial Practice, The Gregg Publishing Company, 1934, p 318


            A secretary must cultivate a memory for names, faces, places, facts, prices—in fact, for everything connected with his duties.  He must be ready to supply information instantly when it is needed to speed the wheels of business, provided speed is accompanied with accuracy.  Memory goes a long way toward promoting speed.  If you can remember accurately the details of a transaction, much valuable time will be saved in consulting records.  But the secretary should never rely solely on his memory.

            Memory of a place or incident or fact is usually dependent upon the intensity of the first impression.  If the secretary constantly endeavors to impress upon his mind important facts, he will find that his memory is rapidly increasing in power.  To memorize any given facts or incidents, it is necessary to surround them with as many associations as possible.  If you were memorizing a list of brief forms in shorthand, you would carefully study the word; analyze how it is written in shorthand; pronounce the sounds; pronounce the characters representing the word; have it dictated so as to visualize it through the sense of hearing.  You would then write it over and over again to give it a muscular image.  In other words, you would surround it with as many different points of recall as possible.

            If you wished to remember the names of customers, you would naturally pay close attention to the pronunciation of the names.  You might mentally write them in shorthand—or actually write them.

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Dictation Practice:
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