On April 13th and 14th, we delivered the first two editions of our Long Consecutive Techniques & Technology course in Pomona and San Jose in California. And on May 5th, we gave the third edition in Boston. The training focuses on giving participants the opportunity to stop and evaluate how they are approaching the consecutive mode and extend their renditions in length, precision and self-confidence. The course is divided into two sessions: 1) Long Consecutive Techniques, and 2) Technology for consec.
Long Consecutive Techniques by Darinka Mangino
Over the course of my professional career I have been presented with opportunities to perform in high profile settings due to my consecutive skills. At university I had to follow to the letter all what we were told to do to get good grades in consecutive. However, early on I realised that what worked for me was not what I was being taught and decided to explore other sources and ways to organize ideas in my mind and the notepad. As a result, I created my own system. Besides, I love consecutive. Unfortunately not many people feel that way and most of the feelings that are associated with consec are negative. I don't teach how to replicate my system but how to navigate through the basic principles of note-taking and pair them up with preparation and understanding the communicative needs of each setting. In other words to "find your own north". A comprehensive system can benefit from strategies that can help you anticipate the most common patterns in communication and see the whole picture. Something similar to what sailors did before GPS existed. Just by looking at the sky they could see more than a couple of bright dots in the sky. That is the aim with any tool you choose to support your memory. It can be notes, drawings or emojis. Whatever you decide to use helps if you decide it fits into the speakers' train of thought. To make that process more efficient we use term extraction tools to look for concepts that can be eligible to be "symbolized." We also review a method to anticipate the priorities of each exchange. Moreover, as part of our comprehensive view of a long consecutive system, we remind the participants that we are professional public speakers and should act accordingly: meaning warming-up their voices and also their hands. We are talking about "long" consecutive and we need those fingers to sprint to catch up with verbose speakers.
Technology for long consecutive by Maha El-Metwally
Technology is changing the way we experience the world but somehow our profession is still lagging behind when it comes to adopting technological tools that can make the life of interpreters easier. If CAI is an acronym that you have to look up, you shouldn't miss our next training! In this session, I show participants what smart pens can do when used by interpreters. I explain simultaneous consecutive, a hybrid mode of interpreting and participants get to try the technology themselves. They also experiment with taking notes and organising their glossaries using tablets. We then look at sorting all the preparation material and the ad hoc symbols that an interpreter generates for a new job which tend to usually be stored in loose papers or notebooks. For this, I present an overview of apps created by interpreters for interpreters to practice your own symbols and share them with other interpreters and also have a look of what other colleagues have "symbolized".
We appreciate the interaction and the feedback we get from participants as we certainly learn from it and use it to improve our future courses. Our #Tech4Terps courses aim to build the softs skills professionals need to be future-proof. According to Oppenheimer, these are: creativity, teamwork, motivation and critical thinking. You are welcome to join us for our next course in Miami on July 27-28.