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4 Tips When Working With An Interpreter

Apr 16, 2008
With people from all over the world taking part in business conferences and events, the demand for professional interpreter is getting more and more popular. During these events, language barrier can be a very tough hurdle to get over. In order to communicate effectively, you will need to have an interpreter by your side when attending these business conferences and meetings.

Nowadays with the help of Internet, getting a professional interpreter is not hard at all. You can visit some of the translation agencies to look for the right interpreter for your business trips. By hiring interpreters from translation agencies, you can be sure that they are professional and experienced interpreters. The agencies will also ensure that an interpreter is familiar with your subject matter.

However, working with an interpreter can also bring some unforeseen challenges and problems for you. This is because the aspect of this job can be really stressful for the interpreters. Professional interpreters do not have breaks and they perform their jobs on the spot. So let me share with you what are some of the tips that you should take note of in order to facilitate your working relationship with an interpreter:

1. Communicate clearly with him or her. Clear communication is essential in a good interpreter-client relationship. Make sure you communicate exactly what needs to be translated to the interpreter before the start of the job. You should give him a briefing of what will happen in the meeting. This will help prepare him of what to expect during his work.

2. If you have any materials that have been pre-printed, make sure that your interpreter has time to review and read through it. This will help him to read better in front of a live audience as it will not be the first time he is reading it.

3. Be serious. Things that you find funny in a culture may be something that is offensive in another culture. Therefore, humour is a bad thing when it comes to business translations service. A professional interpreter will know to avoid humour during his or her work.

4. Speak slowly. To help your interpreter, you should speak slowly so that he or she can reiterate exactly what you are saying. If you speak too quickly, your interpreter may feel stressed and this can make the job harder for them. So try to speak slower so as to not hinder the quality of the translation in any way.

These are just a few tips that you can take note of in order to work effectively and efficiently with an interpreter. If you are hiring an interpreter from a respectable translation service agency, you can expect that the interpreter that the agency provides is well-versed in all of the information above.
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