Rule 644

When you feel so frustrated with the interpreter you’re mentoring that you just want to scream, instead, close your eyes, take a deep breath (in through your nose out your mouth) and remember these words:

“Oh. So this is what my mentor felt like.”

Rule 643

A professional expects payment. A volunteer expects gratitude.

Either may get both, but no one should ever expect both!

Rule 642

You can’t sign interpreter without Asshole.

Ladies and gentleman a round of applause if you will for Anne Leahy!

Rule 639

Dear Interpreter That I Mentor:

Don’t try to be “more like me.” The world already has a “me.”

The world needs a “you.” Be “more like you!”

I will pass along all that is “me” and you will build onto it all that is “you.” If I do my job well “you” will be a better interpreter than I ever was or could ever hope to be.

Because the future needs a “you.”

Rule 631

“If you can just do this quick job for us we will work out pay with you later,” or, “Don’t worry we’ll take care of you,” is just a Hearing Client’s way of saying, “we’re not going to pay you.”

It’s kinda a Labor Day Rule.

Rule 630

Find your happy place.

Twice a month you team for a 2 1/2 hour “Department Meeting” that could be effectively replaced by a half page email each and every time.

Rule 629

Uncle Dale’s Pro Tip:

Referral Agencies tend to favor interpreters who answer the phone at 2 AM with a sunny disposition.