There may come times when you will feel you need to record meetings to be able to refer to the information later. In some cases, you are probably being recorded anyway, so having your own copy is worth the effort. Especially true if you are dealing with the DWP or people like Atos. Recently in the news there have been cases where people who have gone to PIP or ESA assesments have had false information written down as part of their report. And if you aren’t able to listen back to what was actually said, it is very hard to remember what was actually said, and it puts you in a very weak position. Using your smart phone or a recording device can help you, and you will be glad you did when suddenly you find something isn’t quite right.

  • It is best to use your phone to record. It is less obvious than using a recording device specifically for that reason.
  • Use a reliable app that will run in the background. Check your settings to make sure it will if you need to. I use Rode Rec.
  • It is worth getting some sort of flip over phone cover, but if not it doesn’t matter.
  • Put your phone on silent, so no calls can disturb you. Do not answer your phone when you are recording as there is often a red bar to remind you that you are recording in the back ground that could be seen.
  • Before you get anywhere near where you are going, do a little test to make sure everything will work.
  • When you enter the building, make sure it is already recording. You can’t be too careful. Don’t wait until you get to the building you are going in.
  • When you enter a room, make sure the phone is already in your hand, and you are holding it at the side (not blocking the microphone on it).
  • Either keep hold of your phone throughout the meeting, or casually drop it next to you on a seat or on the desk. (People aren’t going to be suspicious that you are recording them, and if they think you are, chances are it is because they are recording you anyway).
  • Never record with your phone in a pocket, not even when you think the pocket doesn’t make much noise. It will pick up the slightest noise or movement and the talking will be hard to hear the further away the person is.
  • Don’t play with your phone, just hold it or leave it in one place.
  • Try to work out beforehand what your natural habits are with your phone. Do you normally put it down next to you or on a desk in meetings, if so, you are just doing what you normally do.
  • Do not get all weird and try to ask people to repeat or speak louder at important points, the mic will pick it up if you have followed the advice, and they only need to say something once and you can listen to it over and over again when you get home.
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