Rule 698

If I ever start to complain about being too busy and having to run from appointment to appointment, I remind myself that the alternative is bored and broke.

Rule 697

If the night shift at the Emergency Room knows you by name you are either a hypochondriac, a drug addict or an interpreter.

Rule 696

Things interpreters may think but probably should not say (an on-going series):

This hospital is like the world’s worst hotel.

The patient’s job is to sleep and get better.

But the nurse’s job is to wake the patient up every hour!

Rule 694

When students tell me they are frustrated and thinking about giving up on interpreting I always say:

Frustration is the doorway to enlightenment.

Frustration is your brain’s way of telling you it’s bored with what it can do and wants to try something it can’t do yet!

Rule 693

We gotta decide on one format!

Glide?

Skype?

MarcoPolo?

Zoom?

FaceTime?

I’m not sure how many more video apps my phone can take!

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 687

In the middle of a crisis NEVER take advice from your anxiety.

Your anxiety makes terrible decisions!