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ProZ.com Newsletter: January 2019

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(1) How are you adapting to changes in translation?
(2) Surveys on changes and how translators are adapting
(3) Professionals share their experiences in client screening
(4) Is your professional profile just OK?
(5) A bit of humor...
(6) Elia Together 2019 livestream early bird access
(7) So how is 2019 treating you so far?


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(1) How are you adapting to changes in the translation industry in recent years?
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There have been significant changes in translation and interpreting in recent years.

For example:

  • Translation memory technology has improved
  • Machine transition is better and more widely used
  • Translation management systems are more commonplace
  • Projects are often shorter
  • Project timelines are in many cases tighter
  • Overall, volumes are up while rates may not be
  • Quality expectations are higher
  • Interpreting services may be delivered remotely rather than in person
  • ... and so on.

In preparing to speak at the GALA conference in March, Henry and I are asking translators and interpreters to share information and experiences on how they have adapted, or are adapting, to these and other changes. Would you be willing to participate? There is a forum thread where you can see what others are saying and add your own experience to the discussion:

https://www.proz.com/topic/332155

There are also a couple of initial surveys currently running around these topics (see below).

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(2) Surveys on changes and how translators and interpreters are adapting
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If you have not taken them yet, there are two surveys dealing with trends in translation currently running. Your time and input in these surveys will be appreciated!

Brief survey on trends in translation tech: https://www.proz.com/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=881

General survey on translation trends: https://www.proz.com/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=890

If you have any thoughts on the topic which do not fit into the surveys, I'd be happy to hear them! You can reach me at jared@proz.com, or just reply to this newsletter.

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(3) Professionals share their experiences in screening new clients
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A recent poll question asked translators and interpreters to share their experience in screening clients. How well do you think you screen new clients? What have you learned to do -- or not do -- when it comes to starting a work relationship?

Share your thoughts and see what others have to say:

https://www.proz.com/topic/332308

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(4) Is your professional profile just OK?
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If you have not tried this experiment yet, it is worth doing:


  1. Step back, and close your eyes (don't really close your eyes, please keep reading).

  2. Think of your ideal client, what they are looking for, what they might be paying attention to. Become your ideal client.

  3. Now open your eyes and go look at your profile on ProZ.com, or your profile anywhere you have a professional presence.


What does your ideal client see when they arrive at your profile? Does it speak to them, does it look professional, does it communicate why you are the right person for them? Or is it just OK?

What is not already there that your ideal client would like to see?

https://go.proz.com/blog/just-ok-is-not-ok-for-your-professional-profile

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(5) A bit of humor...
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(6) Elia Together 2019 livestream early bird access
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Elia's Together 2019 event is in Barcelona on February 21-22, 2019.

Can't make it to Barcelona? Buy access to the livestream and recordings of the Trends & Technology track, plus the Keynote Speech and Specialist Panel.

Livestreaming and recordings are available free to ProZ.com Plus subscribers.

Livestream access is €49 (Early Bird) and is available to anybody in the language industry keen to get insights from experts to help them Master Digital Transformation.

In addition, early bird buyers will receive all recordings from Elia Together 2018.

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(7) So how is 2019 treating you so far?
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I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. In case you missed it, the ProZ.com team would like to wish all ProZ.com members the best in this year (and in the years to come):

https://www.proz.com/topic/331436

If you need help on your pathway to success, the ProZ.com site team is here to serve.


Happy translating,

Jared
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