Good interpreters, excellent technology
A good interpreter cannot perform properly without the help of adequate technology, and vice versa: less qualified interpreters won't get any better when surrounded by high-class equipment. When planning an event, these two aspects should be taken into particular consideration. Choose an excellent interpreter with perfect command of the language combination.
Furthermore, make sure your interpreters are familiar with the prospective conversation topics. This way, they will be able to deliver adequate and precise interpretations of even expert questions and the respective answers. Once you have found interpreters of whose training and additional qualifications you are convinced, you can then only make use of their full potential by providing them with a well-equipped work space. On the one hand, acoustic insulation protecting against any noise from the outside world is crucial, on the other hand your interpreters need to have a good overview of the ongoing discussions, despite their isolated position in the booth.
Cutting corners and saving expenses for technical equipment will put you at risk of a poor sound quality. The best technology will guarantee the best transmission, the fewest losses and, in the end, the best interpreting quality. Last but not least, make sure to grant your interpreters regular breaks! Conference interpreting and simultaneous interpreting in teams, in particular, require a high degree of concentration that will be exhausted after a while. Regular short breaks can have a huge positive effect on interpreters, audiences and speakers.
Some exercise and fresh air can make all the difference towards a more relaxed atmosphere. Keep in mind that it is mainly the interpreters who are the ones giving their best performance at meetings and conferences! They might have been the very heart and soul of many an event you have attended, even though you might not even have noticed them.
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