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Show What You Know
Interpreters can –and should— build self-confidence by increasing their awareness of their strengths. Interpreters often can do so much more than they believe they can.
Generally speaking, people know much more than they are aware of knowing. For interpreters, this lack of awareness about what they know can lead to second-guessing themselves and in other ways sabotaging their work.
Interpreters sometimes avoid moving ahead in their work and taking on challenges because of fear and insecurity when they actually have the skills necessary to take on those challenges.
Interpreters are sometimes unable to separate themselves from their work and sometimes fail to realistically take stock of themselves.
This workshop explains, discusses and provides practice in the following strategies:
Participants leave this workshop armed with tools they can use to become healthier in their self-view, and opportunities to examine their confidence and strengths, leading to a new level of comfort in their work that will carry them through even difficult interpreting situations.
Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Interpreting
There are five things that I believe can help improve our work so significantly as to yield results immediately, while also providing a road map for longer-term improvement:
Activities revolve around practical application of the principles discussed, using materials specially selected for each skill area.
This workshop can be taught in a variety of formats, such as:
Interpretation Involving Individuals with Limited English & ASL Proficiency
This workshop focuses on international/gestural interpretation, and presents a set of strategies for working successfully with clients who have limited or unique language skills. These strategies are equally valuable to a broad range of workshop attendees, as they are applicable and valuable in developing effective general interpretation skills.
Topics covered in this workshop include:
Activities include lecture, discussion, and practice in gestural communication and interpretation.
An important product of this work is an opportunity to learn how to process more deeply. Gestural interpretation practice assists in the acquisition, development, and reinforcement of excellent processing habits that can be applied to interpretation in other settings.
Joy in Our Work
This workshop emphasizes the importance of feeling good every day, regardless of how the day might have gone.
Participants analyze elements that help to create a positive work environment and those which may detract from it.
Topics discussed in this workshop include:
Effective strategies are discussed and practiced for creating a positive attitude toward our work, our colleagues, other stakeholders, and ourselves.
Working to Deaf Eyes: ASL Techniques Which Can Be Incorporated into and Reinforced in Translation and Interpretation
This workshop focuses on aspects of ASL that are of particular concern to those working within the confines of a visual language. Participants learn strategies that they can apply in order to clarify transliteration, interpretation, and visual communication in general.
This workshop covers the following topics:
Workshop activities revolve around practical application of the principles discussed, using materials specially selected for each skill area.
Polishing Our Soft Skills
This workshop focuses on “soft skills” in our approach to our work. These strategies that interpreters can use to keep their work at the highest level of effectiveness possible increase the comfort of all involved—clients and interpreters alike.
Just as software makes our electronic devices more user-friendly and applicable for everyday use, soft skills are those that help us more easily integrate into the work environments we encounter.
Participants discuss the old adage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” and the importance of attitude as an element of success in the way we approach others.
This workshop focuses on knowledge, attitude, and skills, and includes discussion of the following topics:
An additional emphasis in this workshop is confidence building, so that when we determine the best course of action, we have the confidence to see it through and to articulate the reasons for our choices.
Deaf and Hearing Interpreters: Creating Powerful Teams
This seminar—taught by two Deaf and one hearing interpreter—focuses on individual and team skills.
Strategies are presented for:
Lecture is combined with discussion and hands-on activities to reinforce what is learned, and to maximize the degree to which this material is incorporated into attendees’ working habits.
Every participant has the opportunity to actively participate and to bring his/her questions and concerns to the group.
Participants leave this session revitalized, excited and ready to try on a few new ideas.
This training can be offered as a single weekend event, but is most effective when taught over several weekends, the first being only for Deaf participants and the others for Deaf and Hearing interpreters together.
The impact of this training is further strengthened by the addition of a supervision module, allowing new DIs and new
HI/DI teams the opportunity to work with experienced interpreters who will observe, and provide backup and feedback.
Team Work: Be a Great Partner and You'll Get a Great Partner
In this seminar, which focuses on teaming from the inside out, we consider strategies for working more effectively together:
Lecture and discussion are interspersed with hands-on activities to reinforce and maximize the degree to which this material is incorporated into our attendees’ working habits.
Every participant has an opportunity to actively participate and to bring his/her questions and concerns to the group.
Participants leave this session revitalized, excited and ready to try on a few new ideas.
Effective Courtroom Interpretation: Text Analysis and Practice
Through lecture, discussion and brainstorming, participants will build their skills in analysis of vocabulary, syntax, pragmatics, semantics and discourse that are specific to the legal world. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss texts they are likely to encounter in the courtroom and to practice interpretation of legal texts. In particular, redacted sample jury instructions, litanies of rights, and other regularly occurring examples of discourse in the courtroom will be used for our analysis and practice.
If open to participants who are not yet legally certified, these individuals will learn and practice strategies and skills to support their efforts to attain SC:L status.
Outcomes of this workshop include:
I grew up with a Russian hearing grandmother and a Deaf mother. All my life I noticed that people had a sense of the character, style and “flavor” of my grandmother (and of other little Russian grandmothers). I also noticed that people did not have that same sense about my Deaf mother.
In exploring “Deaf flavor,” this workshop considers the kinds of things outsiders think and feel when they think of Deaf people, and how we—as Deaf people’s interpreters, colleagues, friends and family members—see those “flavors.”
This workshop explores the following concepts and their effects:
We also discuss our role in passing on cultural values, norms and information in ways that might allow outsiders a glimpse of what we know.
Additional topics include:
The goal of this workshop is to create an atmosphere of safety and openness in which participants can share unusual ideas and thoughts, and new ways of thinking can be encouraged as we explore this somewhat uncharted territory.
Unity in the Community
This workshop offers a general overview of challenges facing the communities of interpreters and Deaf people.
Participants discuss and practice a variety of approaches to networking and supporting one another as a community. They learn and apply strategies for respectfully negotiating with one another and creating a collaborative environment in their work.
Participants share their visions for the profession, and collaborate in creating action plans for applying those visions to their everyday work.
The Heart of the Individual: Taking Our Own Pulse
This workshop offers a general overview of the challenges facing individual interpreters and Deaf and hearing clients.
Topics include suggestions for interpreters’ personal and professional growth and development.
Participants discuss and practice:
Participants formulate a plan for self-improvement and devise a road map for their continued personal and professional growth.
Participants collaborate in creating individual mission and/or vision statements.
Your Issues, Your Workshop
This workshop allows participants to bring to the table issues, ideas, topics and thoughts that they are interested in exploring together.
This is an open workshop with no specific agenda except to meet the needs of those present. Within that adaptive and moving framework, we analyze elements of our work settings that contribute to a positive work environment, and those which may detract from it.
Effective strategies are discussed and practiced for creating a positive work experience regarding the issues at hand.
Discussion includes how we think, communicate, negotiate and dialogue about the work.
Our attitudes toward our work, our colleagues, other stakeholders and ourselves are explored in terms of how they relate to the topics that participants have brought to discuss in this workshop.
Ethical Decision Making: Honing Our Critical Thinking Skills
This workshop focuses on ethical decision-making, considering in particular how our critical thinking skills can be applied to the issues that arise in, and responsibilities associated with, interpreting in a variety of settings.
Ethics, protocol, and the role of the interpreter are discussed in depth, with scenarios portrayed in both discussion and role play format. The RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) is discussed in the context of how it applies to the concepts of community and unity, as well as shifting paradigms and perceptions of the work and roles of interpreters.
Situations are discussed with a focus on:
This topic can be taught without emphasis on a specific setting, or can be tailored to address a particular setting, including:
Chew It 20 Times: Whole thought Processing for Effective Interpretation
This workshop focuses on building deeper processing skills and helping participants feel more comfortable about Processing Lag Time.
Whole thought processing and effective processing time are essential elements for successful interpretation.
Strategies for message processing and creating more powerful and effective interpretations are discussed and practiced.
This workshop’s activities include discussion of and practice in the following:
ASL to English Interpretation: Efficient and Elegant
This workshop teaches strategies and approaches that can be applied to Sign-to-Voice interpretation to create a clearer, more efficient and elegant interpretation every time.
Challenges to the field and to the individual are discussed.
Exercises to increase effectiveness and to develop greater memory, confidence and skill are interspersed liberally in the workshop schedule.
Simple to complex tasks and concepts are discussed and applied.
We practice interpretation in chunks, and focus on transitions and cohesion.
The goals of the workshop are to:
This workshop increases awareness of the effects of whole thought processing on client populations, and adds to the repertoire actively used by participants, increasing the reliability and accuracy of their interpretations.
Activities for this workshop center around practical application of the principles discussed, using materials specially selected for each skill area.
In workshop settings where it is possible to make the appropriate arrangements, a most exciting aspect of this program is the incorporation of Deaf individuals to role-play for the exercises. With the help of the local coordinator of the workshop, the Deaf participants will be prepared with instructions and goal setting in advance of the workshop.
Growing Professionally and Personally
This workshop focuses on strategies and approaches that lead to development of a more effective work product and a personally satisfying work experience for the interpreter.
A number of self-improvement concepts are introduced and discussed, as is the relationship between confidence-building and skill-building.
Participants learn how their skills as interpreters increase and improve as they apply these principles in clear, practical ways.
Exercises focus on building skills that support healthy attitudes, which in turn support self-improvement for participants who work as interpreters:
Models for Decision-Making
This workshop offers a general overview of the history of RID and interpreting in the US.
Discussion topics include:
Participants collaborate in creating a mission statement to define the rest of the conference and their future interpreting work.
Feeling Good Is Essential to our Work: Confidence Building
This workshop focuses on developing confidence in our work so that we can be as effective as possible.
Confidence, poise and self-esteem are discussed, as are the similarities and differences between them.
Participants explore clear, practical methods for developing and utilizing all of these attributes, and learn how their abilities as skilled interpreters increase and improve as a result.
Exercises focus on building confidence while working as interpreters.
Conscious positive language and thought monitoring strategies that support healthy attitudes are practiced.
Sharon Neumann Solow
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