Announcing Webinars!

Interpreter Education Online has been a proud provider of comprehensive online training and testing for interpreters around the world for years. Now we are adding webinars to our array of options and already have an exciting layout of upcoming webinars.
Our first webinar is scheduled for May 3, 2016, and will be presented by our own Jinny Bromberg. Jinny is the Executive Director of IEO, President of Bromberg & Associates, first State Court Certified Russian Interpreter in Michigan and a passionate language access champion. Her Webinar, Vicarious Trauma, will be presented May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST. It will last for one hour and costs $30.00. The Webinar will cover different types of stress, focusing on Vicarious Trauma. Many interpreters do not realize that they can be severely affected by Vicarious Trauma and the outcome could be serious. We will discuss what VT is and its impact on interpreters. We will also examine the ways to cope and overcome VT.
We are very excited to announce that our second webinar will be hosted by Bruce Adelson a well-known expert on compliance. Here is a sneak peak at Bruce’s webinar: Interpreter standards of conduct and the law intersect more than you may know. Often, these intersections reveal conflicting messages, expectations, and requirements. We will use the recent case of an American Sign Language interpreter’s unexpected HIPAA violation to discuss the surprising contradictions between interpreter communication transparency and federal law.
This webinar will be May 24th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST and will cost $45.00. Registration for both webinars will open next week.
We would really like to hear from you! What topics would you like to see covered in future webinars? Let us know by visiting our site and commenting on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Do You Have a Niche?

In any profession, there is typically extensive training and a process for learning information and applying it. But what happens once you have completed the training and are a working professional with experience? Continuing education is something we have talked about before and will always rally for, but is there something else you could be doing to improve your client base and expand your market appeal?

Of course! There is a niche in every market, and interpreting is no different. Finding your niche market can be a game changer for your career. Entrepreneur says that targeting a niche market allows professionals to “focus on meeting the needs of a smaller group of customers without compromising their chance to increase the appeal to a broader market.” This is a great way to serve clients on a large scale while still advancing your learning and abilities in order to stay a long term player.

According to Want Words, the strength of this kind of marketing lies here: “The power of the niche is the old “big fish in a little pond” theory. It’s more likely that you’ll become well known for something when you focus in one small area.” Interpreters everywhere can find unique subject matter that they can become experts at in order to create demand. For instance, Abigail Dahlberg has made a name for herself by being an expert in waste-management German to English translation.

Where would your niche be? We can help you find it! If you are a medical interpreter, have you thought about delving into the world of mental health, or specifically well versed in prenatal and neonatal care interpreting? What about honing your skills as an interpreter for expert witnesses? There are opportunities everywhere to expand your niche market and make yourself more broadly appealing and dynamic.

Let Interpreter Education Online help you find your niche today. Visit our website, and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook!

Rejuvenate Your Career!

It is an all too common feeling – you’ve worked hard to get where you are in your career and then, suddenly, it starts to feel a bit routine. So how do you revive both your career and your enthusiasm? There are many easy ways to accomplish a sense of job rejuvenation. And here are some of them!

Start by following this ancient saying: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. That’s right. A huge part of rejuvenating your career is simply a shift in attitude and outlook. You often hear about changing an attitude having a positive impact on your life, but it’s true. Changing how you see your current standings and how you view your future path can lead you to try new things and be bolder in the workplace. Start making new decisions that challenge you and create new goals for yourself.

Another important aspect of revitalizing your career is ensuring that your PR is up to date. The market is consistently changing as new social media platforms trend and emerge, and you want to be sure that you are on top of the changes. In a social media savvy era, not having a search worthy or resonating online presence can be a huge pitfall to your career goals. There is free literature online about current trends, so take advantage of those resources!

Something that will always be instrumental in rejuvenating any career is updating and continuing to grow your individual skillset. No matter how much you have learned in any given field, there is always room to learn more. As times change, so do aspects of any industry, and keeping yourself up to date on training and continuing education can only lead to career advancement.

We are huge advocates of continued education at Interpreter Education Online. For instance, If you are an interpreter looking for something to rejuvenate your career, take a look at our VRI course. Video Remote Interpreting is on the rise and a huge asset to the skillsets of interpreters. However you choose to do it, start rejuvenating your career today, and join the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn!

What is Your Body Saying?

We often think our minds and bodies are saying the same thing, but it may be surprising to know that our bodies are often times doing the exact opposite of what our minds are thinking. Body language, or the lack of knowledge about your personal body language, is one of the leading causes of miscommunication both in the workplace and in everyday life. Knowing what our bodies are saying is an important aspect in making sure we are being heard and seen the way we want to be.

Here are some helpful tips on getting to know the language of your body. For instance, crossed arms and legs are almost always a sign of being closed off from the person to whom you’re talking, and will likely put them on the defensive. Without knowing it, you may be pushing someone away simply by crossing your arms.

Mirroring is an important technique in achieving a successful interaction through body language. It simply means you take on the attributes of the person with whom you are speaking or interpreting for. This creates a sense of comfort and ease and a familiarity that doesn’t have to be forced to be appreciated.

Another technique for aiding in positive body language communication is the physical and vocal recognition of the conversation. If someone is speaking to you, and you simply remain silent, the person speaking is not getting any kind of “feedback”. When we use nods, filler words like “yes, uh-huh, I see”, etc, we are giving feedback without an opinion. This eases access to the communication and can help ensure the communication is more honest.

There are many more techniques – people write full books on this topic. But these are good starting points. Starting soon, Interpreter Education Online will be rolling out new courses, including Acting Techniques for the Interpreter, which will help interpreters to become more knowledgeable on properly expressing body language. Visit our website today and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook!

IEO Via Webinars!

You, our valued reader, have known IEO as a leader in online learning and continuing education for interpreters and translators, offering a variety of e-learning courses, proficiency tests, and resources for interpreters at any stage in their professional career from beginners to certified and seasoned professionals. Soon, the list of resources will be growing as we add live webinars.

That’s right! Starting in April, IEO will be offering webinars on various topics, from a variety of presenters, professionals, teachers, and industry experts from all around the world. These webinars will help to advance your skills, knowledge, and career goals in just a short time!

This is an exciting time to for IEO, and we hope you will be a part of it. We look forward to your suggestions on webinar topics and your feedback to the webinars you are going to attend in the next months.

And of course, we look forward to helping you with your specific needs, whether they are testing your proficiency, preparing for a certification exam, obtaining continuing education credits or testing your bilingual staff! Our site is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and at your service, so come grow with us! Join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages today!

Spring Forward

Spring is upon us, and as we get ready to shake off the winter blues, extra pounds, and last year’s troubles, it’s essential to have a sturdy grasp on ways to get the best out of the change in season. Every year Spring brings the promise of something new, something to appreciate, and much to look forward to. So get on your forward thinking path today, and change your perspective to one that leads to a healthier lifestyle!

Something we need to be healthy is sleep. It’s incredibly difficult to get the amount of sleep our bodies require, but we have to find a way to do it. Naps are a good way to make up for lost sleep, as well as re-training the body on how to sleep for a consecutive eight hours.

Obviously, eating right is a clear path to healthy living. But on any given day, and according to the source, eating right can change definition. One way to consistently eat better is to shop at your local farmer’s market and eat the food that is in season. You’ll get the best nutrients and also be helping the local economy. Small businesses have to thrive in the spring as well!

Did you know that you can actually start living a healthier, more positive lifestyle simply by practicing random acts of kindness? It’s true! Take that extra moment to say “thank you”, or to hold the door open for someone. Help someone across the street. Set out to achieve at least one random act of kindness each day and see what it does for your outlook.

Exercise is a big factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I think we’re all aware of that. But it’s hard to fit into an already busy day in which we are sleep deprived. So walk more. Simply by walking, you increase your metabolism and rejuvenate your body. It’s definitely a start!

And take control of your future. Don’t wait for things to come to you. Make them happen! If you are an interpreter or organization who uses interpreters or wants to test your bilingual staff’s proficiency, get over to our courses and either take a course to further your education or sign up for a language proficiency test. After all, there is no time like the present, and Spring is in the air! Join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

Attitude of Gratitude

For those of us living in a four-season climate, winter can really get you down, can’t it? After the warm fuzzy feelings of the holidays wear off, we’re left with a lot of humdrum winter blah. But, with spring just around the corner, we thought it important to remember to keep an attitude of gratitude. While the clouds may still be sending down snow or sleet, we get the choice to radiate sunshine!

Gratitude has been a much talked about topic for a while now. Psychologists and scientists have even proven that a grateful attitude can improve a person’s overall well-being! People who adopt this attitude tend to enjoy life more, and find ease and simplicity in day-to-day functions. Sounds fantastic, right? So how can you start feeling more grateful?

There are a lot of articles and tips on how to go about achieving and maintaining an attitude of gratitude (just ask the Huffington Post!), but one sure fire starting point is a gratitude journal. Encouraged by self-help gurus everywhere, taking a moment to reflect each day on just one small thing for which you are grateful will set you on the right path.

It is important to remain realistic, however. No one can be happy all of the time. It takes complete self-honesty. Take serious stock of what you have, what you think you should have, and what you have been taught to think you should have. There are huge differences between the three. Once you start to realize that the “what you have” list is the reality, you can better accept and be grateful for all you have and will accomplish.

At Interpreter Education Online, we know that achieving goals and feeling better equipped for life’s challenges is important to you. We offer courses, lessons, and a wide variety of other resources for interpreters, translators, and organizations in order to help you thrive. Join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

What is Your Brand?

Business practices are constantly changing with the times to ensure success, and branding is one of the most important components of a consistently successful business. The times may change, but the brand most likely will not. Why? People are paying for the brand more often than they are paying for the product. So what is your brand? What does it say about your company? How can you improve it? And why is it called branding, anyway?

Most people are familiar with the origin of the term, but for anyone who isn’t, here is a rundown: Originally, branding was a technique used by animal owners to make sure there was no confusion over propriety. The word brand actually comes from the Old Norse term for “burn”. Now branding has become the overall compass of a business, in a less literal way, it is still used in order to ensure propriety is intact.

As an educational organization, we like to not only provide insight and discussion topics, but we like to take the extra step and create a one-stop-shop on information regarding the subject matter. That is part of our brand. Your brand defines your business. It starts with a sharp, precise logo. It continues with a promise to your consumers and employees. It is a reflection on you, your practices, and your products.

Over the years, branding has become more and more important, as the business world leans more and more towards social media and online networking for product sales and exposure. With so many businesses emerging daily, it is imperative to have a definitive brand. Is your brand a household name yet? Can your logo be recognized on a billboard from a mile away? Is your brand in sync with your mission statement and core values?

This weekend, take a moment to look at your brand versus some of your competitors’. How does yours compare? Check out Interpreter Education Online’s website to learn more about our brand, to enroll in a training course, or to post to our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

Acting Techniques for the Interpreter

We’ve drawn a parallel once before of the similarities between the skill sets of actors and the skill sets of interpreters. While the two are very different fields, many techniques used by actors can be utilized by interpreters. There are many occasions while interpreting that either suppressing or conjuring emotion may be helpful. Also, vocal techniques and physical adjustments can aide the interpreter in getting the job done as healthily as possible.

There are many famed acting technique teachers, all with their own methods. Uta Hagen, for example, uses “substitution” as a main technique, which can be incredibly helpful for interpreters. It involves recreating a memory in the mind that is the opposite or the same (depending on the circumstance) of the situation for which one is interpreting, in order to bring the emotion (or lack of emotion), of that memory into the interpretation.

There are also several public speaking techniques that can be useful to interpreters. One trick for successful speaking in public is admitting nervousness. Both in acting and public speaking, we tend to let nerves get the best of us. When we acknowledge the nervousness, we can often use it to our advantage instead of letting it be our downfall.

Emotional life is a difficult thing to have a handle on. Whether it’s interpreting in a courtroom or running a successful business, emotions are a part of human life and will always creep in when least expected. There are many articles and blogs on how to manage emotions in the workplace, but it is surprisingly easy to achieve emotional management when one puts acting techniques into play.

Interpreter Education Online will be unveiling an all new set of courses in the coming months that feature in-depth studies on these techniques as well as other focused lessons. Keep your eyes peeled, and in the meantime, join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

Save Your Voice

As interpreters, it is exceedingly important to know and understand our voices. Singers are taught that the voice is their instrument. It is the same for anyone who spends long amounts of time speaking. All too often, a little tickle in the throat will go ignored, only to result in the loss of voice. How can we be of any service to the people for whom we are providing interpreting if we can’t speak?

There are many articles, blogs, and books about successful voice techniques. But we’d like to sum a few up for you. One thing that is agreed upon across the board is the avoidance of spicy, fatty, or creamy foods. Though these can often be the tastiest, they can erode and or coat your vocal cords in a way that makes speaking more difficult.

According to Live Science, it is very damaging to clear your throat often. While it may seem like a temporary relief, it actually rubs the vocal cords together, and can create long term damage over time. Instead of clearing your throat before speaking, think about taking a sip of water and a deep breath. Also, dryness has a serious effect on your vocal ability, so invest in a humidifier at home, and make sure to avoid smoking at all costs. Smoking is one of the most damaging things you can do to your voice.

These may seem like common remedies, many that you may already be familiar with. However, did you know that stress is a huge factor in your vocal wellness? It’s true! The more stress you have in your life, the less you are able to project and protect your voice. So remember last week’s article on stress relief? Try practicing some of the techniques we talked about then. Meditation, working out, and yoga are all very healthy ways to relieve stress and strengthen your voice.

Interpreter Education Online is going to be unraveling some courses centered around specialized techniques just like these, so keep your eyes peeled. And as always, there is no time like the present to keep up to date on your interpreting knowledge by taking one of our courses! Join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!