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As a PhD student in engineering, I contacted Todd Kermit from SpeechWise to help train me on Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- and fast. SpeechWise provided me with everything I needed, from basics like recommendations on equipment and training on Microsoft Office, to advanced topics including customized scripting and voice-enabling my specific applications.  The custom SpeechWise commands I received as part of the training are priceless -- they fill in the large gaps left by Dragon NaturallySpeaking to make tasks like managing e-mail by voice simple and extremely efficient.  With Todd’s training, I was able to write my entire PhD dissertation by voice.  When it comes to making voice recognition work, SpeechWise training is as indispensable as the microphone!   – Dan Work PhD, Professor, University of Illinois Speech recognition is capable of so much, but it takes world-class expertise to turn that potential into reality for an injured employee. The professionals at SpeechWise (specifically Todd Kermit) have that expertise. I have been an ergonomist since 1998, and my company provide ergonomics services to many Bay Area corporations.  I have worked with many SpeechWise clients before and after training with them, and the employees' productivity improvements and discomfort reduction are unbelievable. What SpeechWise does is totally unique – their ability to create job-specific, time-saving macros and their methodology of training and integration of these commands into the employee’s natural work regimen is a recipe for outstanding success. Combine that knowledge with a truly caring and professional demeanor, along with a sense of responsibility to the employer, and you have a company I would recommend in the highest capacity. – Dan Shafer, Ergonomist I can’t thank SpeechWise enough for helping me become hands-free on my computer!  It has saved me from chronic pain and made my work so much more enjoyable.  Every day when I turn on my voice-activated software I feel a surge of gratitude, particularly when I use the shortcuts and commands that were made especially for me.  Todd Kermit was great at meeting all of my computer needs so that I could be more efficient and productive.   – KMC I wanted to thank you for the training I received to bring me up to speed with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program.  Initially, I used the built-in tutorial to try to learn the program but the idiosyncrasies of the learning curve were hard to overcome without specific guidance.  Now that I’ve gone through two sessions with you, I realize that it would have probably taken 10+ sessions on my own to get to this point.  I’m glad I have the training.  Having SpeechWise’s training guide and you as an ongoing resource is icing on the cake that I would not have had otherwise.  I feel I now have the tools to be successful! – Jim B., Senior Electrical Engineer I can’t thank you enough, Todd!  At a time when I was panicked and uncertain of how I could continue as a creative writing professor with the damage to my right arm and hand, you returned my career to me. SpeechWise training was invaluable. – Diana Garcia, University Professor The training I received from Todd Kermit of SpeechWise has been truly life-saving.  Using a computer for more than a few minutes causes me a great deal of pain.  As a public health professional, I spend the majority of my day on my computer.  With the help of Todd, I can work hands-free in several applications; which is extremely empowering.  I no longer feel frustrated and fearful that I will not be able to remain employed due to disability.  I had been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software for several years, but did not know how to fully use it.  Todd's training helped me to maximize the use of additional features to not only help me work hands-free, but to increase my productivity.  He is an excellent instructor and checked in with me often about the pace of instruction and to see if I had any questions. – Kim Baranek, MPH I received some Dragon training from another company about three years ago, which I didn’t get it at all.  Working with SpeechWise was a completely different experience.  Almost immediately the potential of Dragon was apparent. The way SpeechWise laid out the manual and the approach to the verbal training just made sense.  It’s logical, user-friendly, and fairly intuitive.  My trainer was patient, knowledgeable, and effective. I had to have surgery 17 years ago for a hand problem, and again recently for another hand problem.  Now that I’m using Dragon I think my hand problems will be a thing of the past.  What SpeechWise taught me will benefit me for the rest of my life.  Thank you. – KJQ Todd Kermit was my Dragon NaturallySpeaking instructor for four sessions.  His instruction was top-notch.  He was easy to understand, plus being understanding when I didn’t catch on immediately.  I can’t believe I learned how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Microsoft Word and Excel, which are programs I use on a regular basis, so quickly.  It was due to his vast experience and patience that I was successful. . . .  I recommend him to anyone who needs to learn the wonderful program Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Debbie Ellis, Administrative Support Coordinator II, Cal State Monterey Bay Todd Kermit of SpeechWise is a great trainer.  He has a deep knowledge of Dragon – unlike other trainers I’ve encountered.  He is a patient and dedicated teacher who provides custom commands and additional written materials for his students with unique needs and requirements. – Jonnie, Writer I can't say enough good things about Todd Kermit at SpeechWise. I have a workplace injury which makes any kind of keyboarding or mousing impossible. Todd's custom commands and extensive training on Dragon NaturallySpeaking have allowed me to be virtually hands-free at my computer. (Something that I wouldn't have been able to do working with Dragon alone.) Todd helped me purchase the right machine, provided extensive training, user manuals, follow-up, handholding, moral support, you name it! He is a truly skilled instructor and a pleasure to work with. I heartily recommend him to anyone who needs custom training and voice recognition solutions. – Lorraine L., Writer Todd Kermit [of SpeechWise] is the consummate professional educator and trainer. I work as a humanities teacher and work heavily with Microsoft Word and Excel. Todd shared numerous tricks and programming code he created that will easily return at least 60 minutes to each workday for me. Furthermore, he showed tremendous patience and awareness in knowing when to adjust how much information to share. I recommend Todd’s work without reservation. – Dee Glenn, Educator I have had repetitive stress injury for many months, during which I had suffered through discomfort and pain caused by extensive use of keyboard. My job productivity has declined too. Therefore, when my company gave me an option to get and use voice activation software I decided to try it. I am really glad I did! I have been using SpeechWise-customized version of Dragon for more than six months now and my use of keyboard went down by 80 to 90% while productivity returned to pre-injury level or maybe even exceeded it. Even though out- of-the-box Dragon is very useful software, what really made it great for me was training and customization done by SpeechWise. In my work I use a lot of different applications, with some of them being unfriendly to voice commands, and Todd Kermit from SpeechWise made it really easy for me to control all of them with my voice. What is more, Todd has taught me “how to catch a fish” so that now I, who is not a programmer, can customize Dragon by myself when new tasks come up in my work. Todd is very professional, knowledgeable, punctual, responsive and pleasant to deal with. I would gladly recommend him to anyone who wants to get the most out of “standard” Dragon software. Overall, my experience with SpeechWise was great. I cannot even imagine how much worse my injury would be and how much my work would suffer as a result, if it weren’t for training, customization and help from SpeechWise! – Sergei Krasulya PhD, Product Line Manager Thank you so much for the work you put into building the custom commands.  I am so impressed with how many operations you are able to combine into a single command which saves me so much time and repetitive steps. – Carolee Epley, Business Associate SpeechWise carefully assessed my needs, the programs I use, and how I use them.  They developed customized voice-commands for me as well as specific exercises that reinforced what I had learned in the one- on-one training sessions.  These tools helped me become proficient enough to start using the speech software almost immediately.  I think the training was really superb. – Joan Lichterman, Editor/Writer I have used what SpeechWise taught me daily. It has been so helpful to be able to use voice recognition instead of actually typing!  I am not a fast typist so this approach to “writing” documents is much more efficient. I’m grateful to you for helping me become much more efficient.  Working at the computer, “writing” documents has actually become fun.  I never thought I’d say that.   – Marilyn Smith, Teacher
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I have used what SpeechWise taught me daily. It has been so helpful to be able to use voice recognition instead of actually typing! I am not a fast typist so this approach to “writing” documents is much more efficient. I’m grateful to you for helping me become much more efficient. Working at the computer, “writing” documents has actually become fun. I never thought I’d say that.   Marilyn Smith, Teacher
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