Poll: Have you ever attended any translation-related conferences or events?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Many, actually Sep 18, 2014

But that was a long time ago, when I was still a staff translator. Since I went freelance, I haven't had the time.

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Teresa Borges
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Yes, several Sep 18, 2014

During the 20 years I worked in-house, I went to several conferences, seminars, lectures, training sessions and other related translation events. Like Muriel, since I start working freelance, I haven't had the time.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes several Sep 18, 2014

And although I am always busy as a freelancer, I intend to take time out for 1 or 2 conferences a year.

We just had a PowWow in Denmark and it was great, I wish even more would attend.

[Edited at 2014-09-18 08:36 GMT]


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No, not in person Sep 18, 2014

I attended a couple of Proz.com virtual conferences when I started but didn't find them particularly interesting or helpful.
Since I am not interested in networking or ranting on about the sad state of the translation industry I don't really see the point of attending conferences and prefer to spend my free time differently.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Sep 18, 2014

Managed to make it to a couple of pow-wows, but am usually too busy actually working to be going to conferences etc to just talk about it. Maybe if they paid me to go, I'd consider doing so more often

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes, one or two Sep 18, 2014

Wanted to organise one myself, but unfortunately the staff here let me down completely. Had almost everything sorted out at a fantastic location in Bavaria - costs were similar to another event I attended in Vienna (along with a lot of other translators from throughout the world), and just before I was going to sign the contracts, they dropped me saying it was too expensive.

Really annoyed about that, but learned my lesson.

I would love to attend another one soon though


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Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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Only powwow and virtual conferences Sep 18, 2014

I've attended one Prozian powwow and two virtual conferences.
Both types have communication value rather than practical.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Yes, one or two ... Sep 18, 2014

... when I was freelancing in London some time ago, but I am a bit isolated here in Cyprus (splendid isolation that it is!).

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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2 or 3 a year Sep 18, 2014

I live about 3 hours away from London, and I often see translation-related events advertised there. I usually choose a couple of the most interesting-looking ones each year and combine them with any other things I needed to go to London for, such as meeting friends, shopping, or cultural events. It is good to get out of my little attic room from time to time and meet like-minded people, but to do it too often would be very expensive and time-consuming.

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Eckhard Boehle  Identity Verified
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Yes, several Sep 18, 2014

I used to go to Powwows not far from my new home Bonn a couple of years ago, in Köln, Bonn and Düsseldorf - and these were fun and also really worthwhile networking activities. But since almost ten years I don't do that anymore, partly because I am spending time with many other activities like singing, drumming, organizing charitable events etc., partly because I cannot afford travelling around too far, partly because I was not that interested that much during the last years - but that may change again ...

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Ben Harrison  Identity Verified
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Yes, once or twice Sep 18, 2014

I went to the FIT conference in Berlin last month and stayed on a week or so to turn it into my summer holiday as well. It was worth it for the contacts made and to get away for a bit, though I wouldn't feel it was worthwhile going to more than one event like that in a year.

[Edited at 2014-09-18 10:32 GMT]


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Richard Robinson  Identity Verified
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mixed feelings, networking Sep 18, 2014

The first one I went to was interesting, the second one less so, and subsequent ones became less and less interesting in terms of content. I think this is probably true in most professions ... it's not as if we're engaged in cancer research or astronomy, where new discoveries are being made. The value of conferences seems to be more for networking, catching up with old colleagues and classmates. If there's a session on terminology management I'll take a coffee break, not because it's not important, but because I believe in learning by _doing_.

Virtual conferences: well if the content is VERY good they are worth it, but as a freelancer working from home I look for every opportunity to get out. The last thing I want is another reason to stay in front of a computer screen. The content I've found useful in virtual conferences has been about negotiating and marketing, and what to include on your webpage. But we all need different things at different stages in our career.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Just last month Sep 18, 2014

From August 4th - 6th I attended the 3-days XX FIT World Congress in Berlin, Germany. Although it was a little stressful it was well worth it, all the workshops and meeting colleagues from 72 nations during this event. Now I'm preparing to attend the XXI FIT Congress in Brisbane in 2017.

[Edited at 2014-09-18 11:51 GMT]


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