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ProZ.com Newsletter: January 2016

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(1) New! "Search by email" tool to prevent impersonating scams
(2) ProZ.com community book: submissions open
(3) Safeguards and clear communication with clients
(4) Results of freelance translator marketing survey
(5) Free webinar week, February 8 - 12
(6) Translation conference, 18-19 June in Porto, Portugal
(7) Have you tried the service agreement creator?
(8) Using the translation center to improve efficiency
(9) Have you heard the Marketing Tips for Translators podcast?
(10) Upcoming powwows


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(1) New! "Search by email" tool for corporate members to prevent impersonating scams
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Scammers impersonating clients in order to steal translations from service providers have been around for a long time, but in the last few years there have also been many reports of scammers impersonating translators to scam translation companies.

A new tool has been introduced that allows agencies to search for and confirm translators' ProZ.com profiles by email address. This tool can be useful in verifying that you are dealing with an actual translator, and not someone impersonating that translator.

This tool is free to all ProZ.com corporate members.

http://www.proz.com/topic/297278

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(2) ProZ.com community book: submissions open
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Submissions are now open for the new ProZ.com community book project, an initiative that has been launched to help you share useful information with colleagues, while promoting yourself as an expert in a given field or topic.

The community book will feature articles written by ProZ.com members on topics of interest to translators, interpreters and other language professionals. All site members are invited to submit an article to be reviewed for possible inclusion in the book. The deadline for submissions is February 29th.

http://www.proz.com/pages/community-book

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(3) The importance of safeguards and clear communication with clients
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ProZ.com member Dan Lucas -- http://www.proz.com/profile/1917791 -- brought up some good points recently in a forum thread about using safeguards and clear communication practices when interacting with clients on new projects. Have a look at the discussion, and feel free to add your take to the thread:

http://www.proz.com/topic/296755

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(4) Results of freelance translator marketing survey
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Results of a survey on "marketing as a freelance translator" which was run in December have been posted:

http://www.proz.com/topic/295736

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(5) Free webinar week, February 8 - 12
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Another ProZ.com free webinar week is here. Sign up for a variety of webinars on software tools for translators, from February 8th to February 12th.

* Do what you are good at – translate – and let memoQ & Language Terminal take care of the rest. Monday, February 8, 13:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13190
* Wordfast Pro 4 for Advanced Dummies. Monday, February 8, 15:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13186
* Across Translator Edition as Full-Fledged CAT Tool Package with Sales Potential. Tuesday, February 9, 13:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13184
* Atril - Unleash the potential of Déjà Vu X3 CAT tool. Tuesday, February 9, 15:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13198
* TM Town - The Next-Generation Platform for Freelance Translators. Wednesday, February 10, 13:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13187
* SDL - Top 5 time-saving apps from the SDL OpenExchange App Store. Wednesday, February 10, 15:00 GMT: http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/13201

See all free webinars at http://www.proz.com/translator-training/format/free-webinars

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(6) Conference for freelance translators and interpreters: 18-19 June, Porto, Portugal
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APTRAD (Associação Portuguesa de Tradutores e Intérpretes) is holding its 1st international conference on the 18th and 19th of June, 2016, in Porto, Portugal.

The theme of the conference will be "Stages in the career of a freelancer" and will tackle the different phases in the career of a professional translator and/or interpreter and what each of those phases requires. All stages of a freelance career as a language practitioner will be considered.

You may recognize this conference's organizer, Paula Pinto Ribeiro, who also organized three very successful ProZ.com conferences in Porto over the past three years, so this event promises to be stellar.

Register now and save your seat! ITI members are eligible for a 10% discount + 10% more if you register as a group (min. 5 participants).

http://www.aptrad.pt/conference/conference-register.php

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(7) Have you tried the service agreement creator?
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The ProZ.com service agreement tool allows you to create, send and track service agreements online, providing a formal document that outlines in detail what is expected from any client-service provider relationship. ProZ.com members can use this tool for free.

If you have not tried it already, have a look. Your feedback on this new tool will be appreciated.

http://www.proz.com/service-agreement/

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(8) Using the translation center to improve efficiency
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Some translation companies are using the translation center powered by ProZ.com-- which grew out of cooperation with Translator without Borders in their humanitarian work-- to better manage workflow and coordinate with clients, project managers and translators. See what they have to say and read about the features currently available:

http://wp.me/p1gp2T-15D

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(9) Have you heard the Marketing Tips for Translators podcast?
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Tess Whitty -- http://www.proz.com/profile/64870 -- is a ProZ.com member, member of the Certified PRO Network, trainer and conference presenter, author, and also the creator of the "Marketing Tips for Translators" podcast and website. Episode 80 of Tess' podcast has just been released, titled "How to stop hating marketing and develop a success mindset." You can listen online, or download episodes to your computer or via iTunes and Android.

http://marketingtipsfortranslators.com/

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(10) Upcoming powwows: UK, Spain, Canada, France, Indonesia
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January
28: Nice, France (4) http://proz.com/powwow/5791
28: Périgueux, France (8) http://proz.com/powwow/5803
30: Jakarta, Indonesia (8) http://proz.com/powwow/5813

February
6: Cardiff, UK (6) http://proz.com/powwow/5830
20: Kharkiv, Ukraine (24) http://proz.com/powwow/5810
20: Bologna, Italy (3) http://proz.com/powwow/5837

March
11: La Plata, Argentina (2) http://proz.com/powwow/5807
12: Arrecife, Spain (2) http://proz.com/powwow/5834
19: Plymouth, UK (3) http://proz.com/powwow/5842


Thanks for tuning in, and I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

Jared
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