Your interpreters are viewed as representatives of your organisation; and they will want you to achieve your aims. Help them do so as follows:
1 Arranging interpreters
- Book them as soon as possible. The best interpreters are much in demand.
- Tell the interpreters, or the company you book them through, clearly about the venue, schedule and likely duration of the proceedings.
- Tell them in detail about:
- the subject matter of the conference, seminar, court case or meeting;
- the people attending and their background;
- the hoped-for result.
- Let them have any relevant material – presentations, records previous meetings, emails.
- Look on us as part of your team and take us into your confidence. This way we can ensure our interpreters are fully briefed.
3 Conduct of meeting
- Allow time before the meeting to welcome your interpreters, introduce them to your colleagues, review the briefing material and check their grasp of your objectives.
- Schedule some breaks. Interpreting is a high pressure intellectual activity. Pauses of 15 minutes every 1-2 hours will keep your interpreters focussed.