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Coaching Tips For Translators

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Blabbing Translators by Dmitry Kornyukhov and Elena Tereshchenkova. The recording of the interview is now available to everybody on YouTube. In this interview, I answer many relevant questions about coaching and share a lot of coaching tips for translators and other freelancers. We discuss vision, goal setting, […]

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6 Steps To Continued Success As A Translator

HOW CAN WE REMAIN SUCCESSFUL AS TRANSLATORS ON A MARKET THAT IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING? We may be tempted to think that the answer is to focus on what we know and do best – translating – but focusing solely on our core skills isn’t enough to ensure sustainability. As professional linguists, it is vital for […]

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Why machine translation creates so much anger and how to deal with it

  Earlier this week, I came across a number of posts and comments on social media in which the authors expressed anger towards changes that have been happening in the translation industry. While the authors had valid reasons to feel angry, I couldn’t help but feel disturbed by the intensity of their emotions and by […]

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Success Mindset For Translators

  What’s the difference between an employee mindset and a business-owner mindset, and how can you develop a success mindset as a freelance translator? Last week, I had the honour and the pleasure of being interviewed on this topic by marketing consultant extraordinaire Tess Whitty for her Marketing Tips For Translators podcast. The interview is now available […]

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Future-Proofing Your Career As A Translator

  On May 10th 2015, I published a blog post entitled “What does the future hold for translators?” Based on a talk about the future of our profession that had made a considerable impact on me at the 2015 ITI Conference in Newcastle, it received over 600 views in just four days, and has since been […]

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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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