Our advice

Our company promotes better understanding of people from various countries with the help of well-trained interpreters. These latter are the allies of speakers by conveying their message to the audience. The guidelines below show how you can assist their work to maximize quality of performance. 

  • In case you have a draft or written version of your speech, please hand it over to us and we will pass it on to the interpreters. Interpreters do not only translate separate words but deliver the complete message. In order to do that well, they need to get acquainted with the subject matter and terminology of the presentation. Of course, it is no problem if you add to or divert from what is written down, interpreters will follow and translate accordingly. Our interpreters are bound to observe professional secrecy so they will treat your material confidentially and on request will return it to you.
  • If your speech is technically or occupationally specific, provided you have, please give a list of key vocabulary or any other related background material or assign a  consultant in charge who interpreters can turn to for help. On request, we can arrange a short meeting with the interpreters to discuss and clarify potential problems. 
  • In case you use films, videos or slides, make sure interpreters receive the transcript or the copies. It often happens that the interpreters' cabin is far from the screen, making it extremely difficult for them to see pictures or read  texts. Thus, it is inevitable to have the written version in front of them.
  • When reading out a written text, some are inclined to speed up, which hinders clear understanding. In order to avoid any loss of message, it is advisable to take at least 3 minutes to read out a 40-line page
  • Please make sure the microphone is on before you start. Say a few sentences, like 'Good morning' or 'Thank you' but avoid knocking or blowing into the microphone because it might result in a very unpleasant noise in interpreters' headphones.
  • Do not speak and do not put your headphone too close to the microphone if it is switched on since it causes interference. In need of help, turn to the technician.
  • If you stand up during your speech, it is suggested that you use mobile or clip microphones.  Without a microphone it is impossible to hear you clearly, no matter how loud you would like to speak.
  • If you speak from the stage and want to answer questions after your speech, do not forget the headphone since you will need it to understand the audience's remarks by interpretation. 

Complied by the Professional Alliance of Conference Interpreters

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