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Seven Time Management Lessons From a Really Crazy Week!

I recently found myself trying to survive one of the worse crisis weeks in many years. It all started near the end of March when my wife informed me that the drain seemed to be clogged and she was calling the plumber. When I arrived home, there wasn’t one van, there were about five with …

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Living Out Of My Comfort Zone

My existence is a miserable one, and I have brought it all upon myself. This is because I keep choosing difficult projects and surround myself with challenging people. Take my wife, Emily, of 23 years. She is an extremely intelligent, brilliant, and talented person. This means that I am always kept on my toes. When …

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A Crazy Interpreter’s Method for keeping the rest of his Sanity

Everyone who knows me including my wife and children think I am a little touched in the head, Cuckoo, a little nutty. Since these are people that I trust, I will accept their assessment. I am a Business owner, medical interpreter, sales and marketing officer, husband, father, and  very active in community service. What does …

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Build Your Tribe, Grow Your Business

We often hear about the importance of networking to grow a business. It is said that relationships are important because people typically work with people they like and trust. All of that is true. However, even if one might be active in networking in person or via social media, there is no guarantee that those …

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Seeking Answers to my Workers’ Comp Insurance Company Frustrations

In the workers’ compensation industry, large insurance companies tend to have a policy to hire only national interpreting agencies. These agencies typically contract out to the cheapest unqualified bilingual labor they can find. The agencies do this so that they can reduce expenses and increase profit. The result is an industry rife with untrained, unskilled …

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Continuing Education at NAJIT’s Signature Event

What does the word profession mean?  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary lists the following definitions:  a type of job that requires special education, training, or skill; a calling requiring specialized expertise and often long and intensive academic preparation.  Can interpretation and translation claim to be professions?  What say you? Can a regular bilingual person skillfully interpret a week-long trial?  

Preparation is a major key to success

The other day, I had the privilege of attending a Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI) social event in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was enjoying a delicious slice of pizza and chatting with my fellow interpreters and translators. While we all shared experiences, one of my colleagues, Anna Gallant Carter of Gallant Language Consulting, …

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Why don’t more professionals demand quality interpreters?

I have been told by physical therapists that they prefer our services much better than the present interpreter with whom they are forced to work.  Why do they prefer us? Because our interpreters are always next to the patient, attentive, and ready to interpret. They tell me that the other interpreters tend to sit in …

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