Poll: Have contacts you made at powwows or other translator gatherings led to work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have contacts you made at powwows or other translator gatherings led to work?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Nov 7, 2017

I've only been to a couple. It's not that I don't enjoy them, just that I'm usually too busy working.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
No Nov 7, 2017

I'm a member of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT). LSPs also attend conventions and other events, but AFAICR this has not led to any new business. I have, however, made some really good friends. After all, we do have a lot in common which makes striking up new friendships a lot easier.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Very definitely Nov 7, 2017

The big advantage for me is that I attend powwows where many colleagues translate the other way, i.e. from English or other languages into Danish, and they refer clients to me with jobs from Danish into English, or they collaborate on multi-language jobs, where I translate into English.

I have also had jobs referred from English colleagues who do not work in my subject areas, or simply don't have time within the client's deadline.

And of course, I refer good clients to colleagues when I can't take on the job myself.
These jobs are usually at the better-paid end of the scale, too...


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Nov 7, 2017

I’ve never attended a powwow, but I’ve been contemplating the idea of organizing one. I’ve attended some other in-person events but these have not led to new business. Even so I've had jobs referred to me and have referred jobs to other Prozians.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No, Nov 7, 2017

but I have plenty of work, and for me that is not the purpose of the conferences.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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severe attended one Nov 7, 2017

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Gatherings, yes, powwows no Nov 8, 2017

I got a few good clients from translators virtual gatherings. I've never participated in a physical gathering, but I might. Only to meet other translators I know only virtually, not with the least intent of professional networking. Unless there is one such meeting with outsourcers and potential clients, like a fair, which would be very positive professionally. But translators gathering are social events, not professional.

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