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Preparing for Conferences: 11 Tips for Freelancers

Professional conferences offer an excellent opportunity to learn and network! It’s an exciting time to interact with old friends and make new ones. Presenters come from near and far to share pearls of wisdom. Exhibitors provide glimpses of new solutions and job opportunities. As a freelance interpreter or translator, how can you prepare in advance   …Continue Reading


“I don’t need a trained medical interpreter, just send a warm body!” – Part 3 of 3

“Send a Dinka interpreter right away. I don’t care if they’re trained, I just need a warm body!” Believe it or not, this was an actual request to our language agency by a hospital nurse administrator ten years ago. If you are a language agency owner or an interpreting services coordinator who has cringed at   …Continue Reading


“Medical interpreter training is inconvenient!” – Part 2 of 3

Yes, I’ve heard the reasons given by interpreters for not wanting or getting training, whether we’re talking core concepts or continuing education. Let me get this out of my system now: “Blah, blah, blah…” Here are a few well-known excuses, as well as my responses: “Medical interpreter training is too expensive.” – Medical interpreters typically   …Continue Reading


“I don’t need medical interpreter training!” – Part 1 of 3

“I’ve been interpreting in hospitals for 20 years. I don’t need training!” As the owner of a language agency, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that claim. Perhaps you have even said it yourself. For me, that statement is a RED FLAG: an interpreter with this attitude is at the top of   …Continue Reading


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