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The Future-Proof Translator Webinar Series

  The Future-Proof Translator is a series of 6 webinars designed to help translators prepare for the changes our industry is facing. As the pace of progress continues to increase, the aim of this course is to help participants adapt more effectively and with more confidence to the changes ahead, whether or not they choose to embrace the […]

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The Translator’s Second Curve

  Business commentator and social philosopher Charles Handy based the idea for his latest book – The Second Curve: Thoughts on Reinventing Society – on the sigmoid curve that describes the normal lifecycle of products, markets and organisations. He developed the Second Curve metaphor to help individuals and organisations manage their transitions more smoothly and […]

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Coaching vs Mentoring and Consulting

  Although coaching has been around for a few decades already, it isn’t always clear how it differs from other services such as mentoring and consulting. In an article I wrote for the May/June 2015 issue of the ITI Bulletin, I explained where coaching comes from, what distinguishes it from those services, and how it can help translators. The […]

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The Translator’s Stretch Zone

When it comes to adapting to new situations or achieving new goals, many people believe that they have a Comfort Zone (where they feel safe and confident) and a Panic Zone (where they feel scared, insecure and/or overwhelmed). In reality, we all have a third, in-between zone called the Stretch Zone, a place where we feel energised, challenged and motivated to take […]

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What Does The Future Hold For Translators?

Tech Comm expert Stefan Gentz talked about the future of our industry at the 2015 Institute of Translation and Interpreting Conference, which took place in Newcastle, UK, last month. His “10 facts about the future the translation industry cannot afford to ignore” were received with mixed reactions, including criticism about the one-sidedness of his presentation […]

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The Translator’s Business Priorities Wheel

The Translator’s Business Priorities Wheel is based on a tool which is widely used in coaching: the Wheel of Life. It helps you to measure your current levels of satisfaction in key areas of your life (in this case, your work life), and enables you to identify the areas you need to address first in order to achieve better results and […]

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Interdependence – The Key To Success

One of the main challenges freelance translators have to face is isolation. Working alone for hours on end, day after day, can have a negative impact on our mood, while in the absence of a boss looking over our shoulder focusing and staying productive can soon become quite tricky. But there’s an even greater danger, as Stephen Covey explains in his […]

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The 8 Principles Of Coaching

A coach believes that individuals possess huge potential to resolve their own issues. (The coach doesn’t give advice.) The coach brings no pre-conceived ideas or judgement but acts as a catalyst for change. The coachee remains responsible at all times for the situation and the solutions. The focus is always on what the coachee thinks […]

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

With over 9 million views, Shawn Achor’s fast-moving, highly entertaining presentation ranks among the 20 most popular TED talks. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, Achor explains how happiness can actually inspire productivity, and reveals a formula which is proven to train the brain into seeing the world in a more positive way, thus making […]

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The Power Of Introverts

One of the roles of the coach is to help the client become aware of his/her limiting beliefs and overcome them. You may for instance believe that in order to have a successful career you have to be an extrovert. Someone who’s great at networking and has no difficulty engaging with lots of people. If you think […]

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