Rule 558

… it’s really last minute and we haven’t been able to get the professor to send us any materials or lecture notes…

Oh. Well luckily I’m an expert on the topic.

Really?

No.

Rule 555

Say it, “I am very good at interpreting.”

Say it, “I have worked hard to be so.”

Now mean it.

Rule 554

Self-awareness is much more practical than self-consciousness.

Self-awareness is knowing your limitations;

Self-consciousness is fearing that others know them.

Rule 552

Vicarious Trauma is an unavoidable hazard of interpreting.

Vicarious Drama is a purely recreational by-product of interpreting.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Usually it’s not.

(Shout out David Wycherley)