Rule 688

When asking for feedback, ask for feedback.

When asking for assurance you didn’t screw up, ask for assurance.

If you ask for feedback when all you want is your team to assure you that you didn’t screw up, no matter how accurate the feedback is all you will hear is that you screwed up!

Rule 676

Do you ever feel like you are interpreting for someone talking in their sleep, but being held to the standard of what they would have said if they were awake?

Rule 658

Oh! Ok! Seriously! Today I saw the coolest thing that I can never tell you about.

Rule 654

Some companies have their “new hire orientation” down to a science. For others it’s more like alchemy.

Another Milestone.

Another moment of gratitude for everyone. When I was not looking this happened:

That is the same number of visits and more visitors than the whole of last year.

To put it in perspective.

This is the total since I started the blog:

The blog is roughly 19 months old.

Thank you.

Thank you all for your support when I needed it.

Thank you for your feedback and critique.

Thank you for adding your wit and wisdom to this blog.

Mostly though, thank you for stopping by and enjoying with me the terrors and pleasures of what we do everyday!

I’m working on the book everyday. I would like to think it will be finished soon, but I will soon be entering the editing process-which I hear can feel like it NEVER ENDS.

Wish me luck!

Rule 626

Freelance Interpreters! There are certain “frozen texts” you just want to put in your toolbox now, so you don’t sweat when you inevitably have to interpret them (and you will, sooner or later, you will):

a) Rights a defendant waives when pleading guilty;

b) Common risks of surgery contained within an Informed Consent wavier;

c) K-12 educational disclosure forms; and,

d) “Modern Major General” from Pirates of Penzance…

Sooner or later friend, sooner or later.

Rule 623

VOF doesn’t spell anything. It’s 209. It’s always 209.

Wit and Wisdom of kris10write

Rule 621

Following a major illness, tragedy or medical procedure, it turns out that, “Up and around” and “Ready for five hours of platform interpreting,” are not the same thing.

Rule 619

Every VRS Interpreter eventually catches themselves humming the Social Security Administration’s hold music.

The Wit and Wisdom of Marcela Stanger Lopez

Rule 618

STOP! Ask yourself this question:

Are you really having a bad day, or did a bad thing happen today that you have been rolling around on your tongue and savoring ever since?

The Wit and Wisdom of Marilee Evans