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Poll: Have you made any professional resolutions for 2008?
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Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
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Several resolutions in fact... Dec 28, 2007

My first resolution was covered in an earlier poll, and that was to raise my rates, or at least raise the minimum rate that I will accept. My other resolutions have to do with developing my business (set up website, translating my résumé, develop marketing strategies, etc.) and what to do to improve myself during dry periods (translate for practice, watch the news in my working languages, read more in all working languages, etc.).

Crystal Samples


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Dilek Yigit  Identity Verified
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I've got many of them Dec 28, 2007

I guess my first resolution is attending at least one international conference in order to develop my marketing skills in the long term; then reorganizing my website, profile update may follow among others...

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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 28, 2007

Like I said in another thread:

In a nutshell, STUDY


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Diana Arbiser  Identity Verified
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I don't believe in New Year's resolutions Dec 28, 2007

This is said with the utmost respect for my colleagues who actually do, but I do not believe in such a thing as "New Year's Resolutions". For me, they sound just like dust in the wind...

I believe in concrete plans and actions, and they do happen (or do not happen, for the same reason) all throughout the year, they're not just a promise on December 31st...


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Renée van Bijsterveld  Identity Verified
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expanding my client base Dec 28, 2007

My wish is to broaden (and 'refresh') my client base to make up for lost clients (due to some mergers of translation agencies the last few years) and to take up technical writing.

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Anabel Canon
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Go for the Diploma in Translation! Dec 28, 2007

Well, next year actually; but I'll start preparing for it right away in January. What a thrill!!!!

Good luck with all your resolutions, and have a fantastic 2008!


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Not really a New Year Resolution ... Dec 28, 2007

... more of a CPD plan for 2008.

As I'll be back in the UK from mid-January, I have a continuing professional development plan already provisionally worked out for the year, which will help me take full advantage of the various legal and translation CPD courses on offer. Once you start searching, there are some really lovely courses around, and it's a nice way to see parts of the country too. And as an LIP (Location Independent Professional), it's easy enough to keep the workflow going as well.

Busy year ahead, but will no doubt fly past like 2007.

May everyone have a fun and champagne-glass-filled passage into 2008!
D


[Edited at 2007-12-28 18:57]


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Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
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Oh yeah, forgot about this one... Dec 28, 2007

Maria Canon wrote:

Well, next year actually; but I'll start preparing for it right away in January. What a thrill!!!!

Good luck with all your resolutions, and have a fantastic 2008!


This is one of mine as well. Good Luck to you Maria!


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Andrea Strada  Identity Verified
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Vacations!! Dec 28, 2007

Definitely, my New Year Resolution is to travel more, not only for business purposes but for pleasure! I believe I worked really hard this year, so I deserve a nice trip to Brazil to start with!!!

Happy New Year to all Prozians, see you in 2008!!!

Andrea


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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concrete plans and actions' list Dec 28, 2007

[quote]Diana Arbiser wrote:

"I do not believe in such a thing as "New Year's Resolutions". For me, they sound just like dust in the wind...I believe in concrete plans and actions"

OK, let 's call them "concrete plans and actions' list":
1. spending more time with my children
2. driving license/car purchase
3. running/sport 2 times a week
4. ***smoking less or quit it finally...***
5. billing software
6. Trados certification/exam

(but I think if just one of the above-listed actions will completed, I will happy anyway)

Happy New Year to all ProZians!
May God bless your resolutions and all wishes,
Liza


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Gennady Lapardin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Yes Dec 28, 2007

I wish I could have more jobs in non-English language pair. I like English language, but as interpreter / translator would prefer to maintain a certain proportion between my working language pairs to keep all of them afloat.

Since we all believe or don't believe in one and the same God, so I pray to Him for blessing of everyone's good resolutions. Amen


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Alain Berton
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enjoying life Dec 28, 2007

Working less with a limited client base, enjoying life

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Arianna Tremayne  Identity Verified
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Change approach Dec 28, 2007

and take on larger jobs + specialise more and invest more into professional tools.

Oh well...


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Kalinka Hristova  Identity Verified
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Yes, a few Dec 28, 2007

These are not actually 2008 reslutions, but...

1. Better time management
2. Better workload management
3. Giving myself some break during the year vs. forcing myself to death
4. At least one trip abroad (language and/or university studies)
5. Additional language certificates

...and... one day... The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. Live! If I am lucky, why not January 1, 2009?!?!?!?

Happy and Prosperous New Year to all the colleagues!

Kalinka


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