I've been having great difficulty with transcribing an individuals "tone" in my meeting notes!!
For context: Recently I've been charged with transcribing an incredibly tense litigious meeting. My transcription of this meeting will be submitted in the disclosures for an upcoming Due Process hearing. (Please note that I'm an elementary special education teacher and that transcribing is far from a specialty of mine!) I want to indicate that the opposing counsel was incredibly rude, unprofessional, and borderline attacking throughout our meeting.
I've been researching the rules of transcription and I've read that you can indicate tone at the beginning of a quotation (e.g. [angry] "I don't want to go.") Is there a way I can indicate the opposing counsel's rude/attacking tone when quoting her? Or express her tone/behavior in the surrounding body paragraphs? Here is an example from my transcription:
EA was asked to speak in a more professional manner and to refrain from raising her voice at MDT members. EA: “I’m not raising my voice.” B: “Well, your tone has been- [EA scoffs and visibly rolls her eyes]. Ma'am, we would appreciate if you'd stopped--" EA: “We can agree to disagree. Document in the Prior Written Notice that the parent is requesting..."
Can I write at the beginning of her quote something like EA [brashly]: "____" or maybe [impertinently]? It's important that the hearing officer is aware of the EAs aggressive tone and behavior throughout our 2 hour meeting.
Thank you for your time and help!!