Dear Interpreting Student:
I expect great things. This will sometimes frustrate you. But, if you ever get so frustrated that you say, “if it’s so easy I’d like to see you do it!” be warned, it won’t help relieve your frustration; my answer will always be “ok.”
Because I can.
That’s why I’m the teacher.
The best Interpreters develop the twin skills of being forgiving and forgetful.
Your brain believes whatever you tell it. When you speak with confidence (especially when you don’t feel it) it will step up.
But! When you mumble or whisper you are telling your brain you don’t know what you are doing and it will act accordingly.
As an interpreter you can never learn too much, or know too much, but you can definitely say too much.
Interpreters: Turning ADHD into a cottage industry
Your Team is there for you. Whether sitting right next to you or VRI teaming from opposite ends of the country, your team is there for you.
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.