Rule 686

Sometimes your job is to sit quietly and be there while a Client’s life implodes, explodes or even ends. It’s not something they teach you in an ITP. It’s not in the fine print of any job description.

It’s just a part of the job.

Rule 685

Purely practical.


Never set your bag down on a conveyer belt in order to interpret. Even if it’s stopped, because, funny thing, THEY START MOVING.

They “convey” things. It’s in their nature. In fact it’s right there in their name!

Rule 682

When you need to find the person in charge look past tee-shirts with the name of the company or conference on them, aprons, polo shirts with logos or any kind of uniform.

Power wears its own clothes.

Rule 681

Post conference interpreting complaints (an ongoing series):

After interpreting for so many motivational speakers I’ve realized I’m an asymptomatic carrier. I can pass motivation on to others without ever showing symptoms myself.