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Unlocking Efficiency and Productivity: The Importance of Touch Typing for Professionals

Updated: Apr 9

Fingers typing on a keyboard

When I tell people that I run a touch typing business, they fall into two camps. The most common response is “I can’t touch type but I get by with typing using a couple of fingers”. To me, this is a bit like saying “I play the piano with just my index fingers” – it might work to some extent, but you’re limiting your speed and your potential. Just for starters, touch typing, using all fingers, allows you to keep your mind free to think about the content you’re writing instead of where the keys are located.

The second, and less common response to my new business, is from people who have been on a touch typing course themselves; they enthusiastically tell me that it was one of the most useful skills they’ve ever learnt, and they can’t imagine what it would be like not to be able to touch type.

So why is it so useful?

1. Speed and Accuracy Matter: In today's fast-paced and technology-driven world, typing

quickly and accurately is a tremendous asset. Once mastered, touch typing allows you to input information at a pace that traditional “hunting and pecking” simply cannot match. Increased typing speed not only saves valuable time but also ensures that deadlines are met without compromising the quality of work.

2. Focus on Content, Not the Keyboard: Touch typing liberates you from the constant need to look at the keyboard while typing. When you're not staring down at your fingers, your focus can remain on the content you're producing. This is particularly crucial for tasks that require concentration, creativity, and critical thinking. The ability to type without visual confirmation of keys enhances cognitive engagement and overall workflow.

3. Professional Image and Multi-tasking: Touch typing allows you to listen and contribute to a meeting whilst typing your notes directly into your laptop. This is similar to driving a car whilst having a conversation – assuming you’re not a learner(!) both driving and speaking are second nature and can easily be done simultaneously. This multi-tasking means you can maintain eye contact with clients or colleagues whilst documenting information. This leads to the next point…

4. Digital notetaking: There are several benefits to keeping digital notes, rather than writing in notebooks. Post-meeting minutes and actions can be quickly circulated if required, rather than typing from scratch after the meeting. Meeting notes can be saved and easily retrieved using the meeting date, or search functions. Personally, I use Microsoft OneNote for meeting notes, many other programs can be used for the same purpose. For me, the most important features are a good search functionality and the ability to organise meetings into groups/topics.

5. Ergonomic Benefits: Beyond productivity gains, touch typing promotes a relaxed and natural posture. By maintaining a proper hand position and utilising all fingers, you don't strain your neck or hunch over the keyboard to see the keys, minimising the risk of developing repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).


In today’s digital age, touch typing is more than just a skill; it's a strategic advantage over peers and an incredible timesaver. As we continue to rely on technology for our daily tasks, the ability to communicate quickly, accurately, and effortlessly is non-negotiable. Investing 14 hours in the typeify Professionals touch typing course to master this skill is an investment in your efficiency, productivity, and overall professional success for the long term. The Professional courses are tailored by industry to include modules using the most common words, phrases and even mock documents specific to your industry.

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