Poll: What is your opinion on in-person networking?
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Mar 23

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Teresa Borges
Local time: 19:22
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Mar 23

I had a very active network strategy when I started out some 35 years ago (at first in-person as it was before the Internet age and then online), but nowadays having a solid client base my approach to networking is rather passive. I enjoyed it for a while as I was a very social person but age changed me and I became more of an introvert…

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Muriel Vasconcellos

English to Russian
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Almost everything is ok, if used wisely Mar 23

 When I started as a mere translator, I had to master some tricks and different CATs, diversifying to copywriting, rewriting, transcreating, new fields, and the rest. However, I was lucky to switch to interpreting soon, making many useful contacts and enhancing my biz skills.

 While I still work as a translator sometimes, I'm glad that I don't have to participate in CAT-wars and spam greedy prospects, renegotiating "discounts" and begging for "a little better rates".

 Real biz requires real people--and mutual trust. That's why there's big money for owners of virtual socialization means, but not for participants--even if there seem to be zillions of like-able "friends" and electronic "partners".


Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:22
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I enjoy it Mar 23

I enjoy all human interactions.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:22
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Al kinds are useful Mar 24

For us, in our market, all kinds of networking are fruitful. And all kinds have rendered me jobs and money, even social media, BON.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:22
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Mar 24

I really enjoy being with colleagues, which was one of the advantages of working in international organizations with large teams of translators. In the office setting, we supported one another in solving problems. Many of these relationships have led to lifelong friendships. I also enjoyed belonging to the American Translators Association. But I don't consider it "networking" to drum up business. The purpose has been to share translation challenges and experiences in the profession. Like Teresa, I no longer spend much person-to-person time with colleagues.

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