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Ensuring Effective Communication: A Look at Effective Feedback and Active Teaming

“As communication specialists, interpreters often have a hard time communicating for themselves. Whether through the school of hard knocks or a formal training program, we have all learned our own methods of communicating. However, these methods are not always effective nor received well. Communication is a two-way street, where lanes are sometimes blocked and often

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How To Self-Assess & Improve ASL

“Like any other language, learning and maintaining ASL skills requires daily practice and consistency to master it. However, many individuals may hit a “plateau” at some point in their ASL and interpreting careers. If you are one of those individuals, then this session will help take you out of your usual mindset, with different out-of-the-box

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Songs, Sermons, and Scriptures: Religious Interpreting Aint Easy!

“Religious or church interpreting is one of the most challenging settings for interpreters. Though frequently minimized, the complex and varied nature of the religious setting requires the interpreter to be competent in navigating all styles of linguistic register. Many of the components of church or religious settings involve challenging language features such as frozen/archaic texts,

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Mind Maps: How the Mind Makes Decisions and, How Unconscious Biases Affect Our Decisions

“This workshop will focus on ways humans make decisions which will give you the ability to make decisions that are more aligned with your intentions for your work and your life. We will discuss Nobel Prize winning theories of the mind. We will explore various biases and how they affect our decision making. This is

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How to Succeed in (the interpreting) Business Without Even Trying

“One of the most awkward parts of being an interpreter is getting into the nitty gritty of the business side of things. Developing an appropriate rate, contracting, rate negotiation, standard practices, and invoicing are usually not taught in most interpreter preparation programs. During this workshop, we will talk about techniques to develop your own contract,

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Educational Interpreters…Really? The Value of Educational Interpreters

“Educational interpreters often get a bad rap, but the reasons people cite are often not supported by facts. When interpreters, and consequently interpreting students, hear the term “educational interpreter” the most common response is negative. But why? Those who work in a K-12 educational setting have some of the most demanding, most rewarding, highest-impact jobs

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