Put it in a Jar

We do it every year: make a New Year’s resolution that just fizzles out somewhere along the way. We get pumped up about making a huge (or even minor) life change, set our sights on it momentarily, and then seem to either forget about it or give up once the moment passes. Sound familiar? So this season, try something new. Rather than making “resolutions”, make “rememberlutions”, as Buzzfeed calls it. The idea is to fill a jar with your most memorable moments and achievements from the year. It’s creative, productive, and as science is discovering, healthy!

That’s right. According to Emotionally Resilient Living, “Acknowledging your achievements, even in a small way, increases positive emotions such as self-respect, happiness, and confidence.” When you take even a brief second to recognize that you have achieved a goal, no matter how large or small, you are acknowledging your own creativity and ability to succeed. The positive thinking that follows this tiny adjustment goes a long way towards sustaining your mental and physical health.

The Huffington Post says that in addition to a healthier outlook and more goal-oriented perspective, “the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life.” How about that? Changing your thought process from negative to positive can actually enhance your skillsets!

Research shows that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. Only 8%! There are many reasons behind why so many fail to meet their goals, but it seems that consistently working towards goals rather than making lofty “wishes” in a dark and gloomy month is a solid way to go.

As you celebrate the holidays and reflect on the year that has been, remember to recognize your achievements. As you look on the year ahead, think about starting a jar of achievements and memories. You’ll be amazed when you open it this time next year! And as you start setting attainable goals for yourself, remember that Interpreter Education Online offers interpreting courses on your schedule, and at your price! Until December 31st, if you purchase 3 Single Topic Unit courses without instructor evaluation, you will get a fourth free! Leave your comments on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

Define Success

Success is a very challenging word to actually define. Albert Einstein said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” George S. Patton defined it as “how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” And Winston Churchill’s definition stands out as a favorite: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

But what does that word mean to you? A popular motivational site has given us 20 new definitions of success, including “Success is understanding you cannot keep what you don’t give away”, “Success is believing you can”, and our favorite, “Success is understanding the difference between need and want”. Even the Business Insider, which publishes many stories on the subject, has a staff with differing definitions. They’ve released an article which includes 9 very “successful” people’s definitions of the word. Everyone from the Harvard Business Review to individual bloggers like Marie Forleo continues to define and re-define the word.

So what does it mean to you? That’s the bottom line. We all are raised with a different idea of what it means to really “make it” in the world. Rarely do we find our childhood aspirations are the reality of our adulthood. Should that be followed with disappointment or self-loathing? That depends on how you measure your own accomplishments. Does being successful mean being rich? Or does the richness of your life itself count as success? Does owning a corporation and a private jet mean you have arrived? Or does raising a family hold an equal value?

When we change our own view of what success is, we allow ourselves to follow things in life that enrich us, fulfill us, and result in a personal success that cannot be defined. At Interpreter Education Online, we believe in the self-starter, in the businesses that want to use outside the box thinking for comprehensive training of their employees, and in the success of achieving personal goals. It’s why we offer courses that are available on your time, with your needs in mind. Take a moment this holiday to think about your definition of success, and if it may need tweaking. And remember to visit our website, LinkedIn page, and Facebook page for special holiday deals and to leave your thoughts and comments about success to motivate others!

Hiring in a New Era

We’ve talked a lot about the myriad of changes that have been made in society in the past few years. Technology continues to evolve, requiring businesses to do the same. Old practices are becoming passe and new traditions are being made daily. As a business owner or HR executive, what are you doing to ensure you are building the right team for the future of your company? On the flip side, as a job seeker, what should you consider?

Here are some helpful hints we’ve found:

1. Hiring based on a college degree or GPA is no longer as important as it once was. Google, one of the world’s most admired companies, is the leader in this trend. There are many reasons behind this strategy, but one example is the real life versus school life mentality. So when you are posting your next job opening or applying to one, think if a degree is as important as real world experience.

2. Hiring individuals who possess a strong creative side is proving favorable over a strong academic founding. Why? According to CareeRealism, creativity allows for new perspectives when approaching problems and their solutions. A creative mindset can often bring a fresh thought process to any team, and that can lead to moving in successful new directions.

3. Hiring based on skills and knowledge may not be enough to decide who the right candidate is. LinkedIn includes two areas of equal importance when evaluating potential employees: Personality Characteristics and Motivation. While skills and knowledge are necessary for the position, they can often be learned with proper training. Many organizations, like Interpreter Education Online, exist just for the purpose of furthering professional education. Motivation and personality characteristics are more deeply rooted, and can tell you more about a candidate than their skillsets. Advice to job seekers: let your personality shine.

These are the top three trends we found. Do you have any helpful tips from your hiring process? Post comments and insights on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages!

 

 

Gratitude

As we head into the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude. Our students and instructors, supporters and readers, friends and family, we are grateful for all of you. In a time where so much is in turmoil internationally, it is important for us to remember and express our gratitude. Thank you! Have a happy holiday!

 

Education in an Electronic Age

There is no doubt that we are living in the age of technology and gadgets. Every time you turn around, a new item is available to make life “easier”. It’s gotten to a point that we are expected to be familiar with and to own many of these things, like smart phones, tablets, social media, GPS systems, and more, if we want to be a working part of society. Even those of us who have been resistant to the change are starting to bite the bullet and take our first steps into technology. We see the change happening in every industry. In Medical Interpreting, for example, many hospitals and care facilities are embracing video remote interpreting (VRI) in addition to on site. In the automotive industry, autonomous vehicles are just around the corner. So with all this change and all these new things, how is anyone to keep up?

Modern businesses deal with a similar dilemma. Employees need knowledge on products and systems in order to help the company grow. Industries can use these technological advances to increase their bottom line, but only if they have employees that know how to use them. What are these companies, and us, the public, to do? Enter electronic learning, or e-learning.

E-learning has become the fastest growing form of training for corporations. From classrooms to boardrooms, e-learning companies and products are pumping out high quality training at a fast rate. Initial and ongoing education is much more accessible this way, and available at any time, on any schedule. E-learning courses can be created on any topic at all, and can be offered at affordable rates. This makes the educational process not only easier for everyone involved, but desired by any involved. Its scope and capability are boundless, as anything that wants to hold up to the future needs to be.

What does this mean for you as a working professional or business owner? It means there is no time like the present to take inventory of where you are in regards to where you want to be. Are you achieving the success rate you set for yourself or your company? Are you keeping your company or skills on the forefront of modern technology? If not, how can you get there? Let Interpreter Education Online get you started on the right path today. We offer courses for interpreters, translators, and corporations that will get and keep you up to speed. Start on the right track today by visiting our course links and posting or commenting on our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages!

Communication in the Age of the Acronym

Ask any successful business person what the key is to maintaining success and you’ll be told: Communication. We’ve heard this a thousand times, haven’t we? And of course we all know the basics of communication. But times are changing and we are living in a technological era. Most of our conversations are had over text, email, messenger, etc. We rarely pick up the phone and have long conversations anymore. Full words have been replaced with acronyms. Communication has gone from full thoughts to mere letters to imply thoughts.
Where does that leave us in the business world when trying to communicate successfully?
Most of the miscommunication in the workplace comes from the misinterpretation of meaning. In an email, we can only read words, statements, sentences. We are not able to read vocal inflection or intent of the sender. Likewise, when we send emails, we are sending words, sentences, statements. We are not able to send our intent or tone.
Here are some helpful tips to keeping communication open and maintaining happy business relationships. First, take a breath before reading emails. So often, we open mail in the midst of some busy moment and we are already multitasking and preoccupied. Taking a moment to breathe before each email clears our minds of the myriad of things we may feel before even looking at the first word. Second, take a moment before replying. Make sure any reaction you have to an email or message is a reaction based on fact, not based on what you think the email implies. Third, and most importantly, read your emails twice before hitting send. Make sure your intent is coming across as clearly as possible. Be sure that you clear up any language that may come across as harsh to someone who will not be hearing how you’re saying what you’re saying.
Communication is a critical element in business and in life. When all else fails, go back to the cardinal rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. This week, take a look through some of your email exchanges to see where you could have changed wording or taken something a different way. How can you improve communication in the future? Training yourself to be the most successful professional you can be never stops. Please share your thoughts with us on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

Where Does the Time Go?

That’s a question we ask ourselves daily. Do you wake up each day with a feeling of being able to accomplish the difficult tasks set in place for you? We certainly all hope to start our days that way. But how often do we find ourselves getting ready for bed at night and wondering, “Where did my day go?” Time management is one of the most evasive practices in any industry. The desire to achieve all that is in store for us and the reality of what can be done, don’t always merge into one. So what can you do to more effectively manage your time and make the most of each day? So many lists of how to properly manage your time are in print, on the internet and flooding social media. We’re even giving you links to some of them in this article! No single technique works for everyone. At Interpreter Education Online, we like to practice The Three A’s: Assess, Adjust, Accept.

Assess your day before you start. Make mental notes of the tasks at hand, the resources with which you have to accomplish each task, and the reality of your abilities within the limitations. Assessing your daily schedule gives you the opportunity to step back and see the big picture before over committing and setting unobtainable goals.

Change is natural. Adjusting to change is where we often find ourselves in a tough situation. You have to be prepared for changes, and be willing to adjust to them. Adjusting does not mean being unfaithful to your goal, it just means taking control of each situation and allowing reality and the ideal to merge. When our plans change, or something isn’t going as we expected it to, is when we tend to lose the most time. Prioritize the key elements of any task and trim the edges to allow for change.

Acceptance is the underlining key to time management. When we accept that things will rarely ever go according to plan, that our abilities are not always given enough room or breath, and that each new day brings new opportunities to learn and grow, we make room for peace of mind. At the end of the day, time management means not only achieving more, but also peace of mind and the freedom to enjoy the little things in life. Are you practicing these three techniques? Start implementing The Three A’s today, to save yourself time and energy and to give yourself more time to accomplish your training goals!

The Bottom Line – Hiring Interpreters

The demand for Interpreters in the medical and legal fields is on a massive rise. It is predicted that in some areas of the US, we will see a nearly 50% increase in the need for interpreters. As the need for interpreters grows, so does the education, awareness, and qualification process. Colleges are offering interpretation as a major; interpreter training seminars are available online and locally in many places; and technology is enhancing every day to ensure the language needs of this century are met.

So with this increase, what is the bottom line for hiring interpreters? While in the vast majority of states the medical and legal fields do not currently require certification for hiring, it seems that they might in the near future. Miscommunication in a legal or medical encounter can lead to lives lost, people wrongly imprisoned, and unlawful deportation. With such critical circumstances, each organization needs to take the utmost care in hiring the best interpreters they can; hence the growing demand for certification.

Certification is the best way to ensure the quality of interpreters any organization hires is tested rigorously and approved. So why are so many interpreters and companies hesitant to go after the certification? Lack of requirement is one reason that holds people back from making the commitment. Cost, length of training, and fear of not achieving, are other reasons. These are the same reasons many people do not go into the rewarding careers that could change the world; astronauts, doctors, scientists. At the end of the day, the time, money, and energy spent to achieve a worthy goal are merely necessary steps on the ladder of success.

If you’re an interpreter or an organization that works with interpreters, start getting ready for the certification exams now! There is no time like the present. It will only help ensure better and safer communication in the future. Not sure where to start? Let Interpreter Education Online help you with Interpreter Assessment Testing, Language Proficiency Testing, Prep Courses for certification exams and more. Visit our website, and please share your thoughts with us on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

The Debate Over Understanding

Lately there has been a lot of debate over translating Shakespeare’s work from his style of English to contemporary English. The contention is that Shakespeare doesn’t need interpreting. Isn’t the first canon of any interpreter to accurately render the message from one language to another without adding omitting or changing any of the content of the message? Which begs the question: What exactly is interpreting? What remains true for all interpreters is that when speaking for another person, we speak in first person. We essentially experience what the person for whom we are interpreting is describing. In a way, it makes the two worlds, acting and interpreting, very similar. An actor interprets, in first person, the words of a character, created by a playwright, but the actor adds his or her own bit of personal story to it. And don’t we do that as interpreters? Of course we remain professional and we maintain ethical boundaries, but a part of us feels the story we are telling.
So what is the debate really about? And how does it relate to what we do? It comes down to a matter of universal versus personal circumstances. In each industry, actors and interpreters are called upon to properly portray the meaning, purpose and intent of the person or character. Acting will never mean the difference between life and death, but all the same, one word changes the context of an entire paragraph. One word changes the context of an entire line of thought and can mean the difference between sick/healthy, or imprisoned/free!
So looking forward, will you be interpreting for an expert witness? What if you’re in the emergency room interpreting? Political negotiations? End of life discussions? Have you considered all complications you may encounter? How can we, as interpreters, ensure that we are telling the proper story? It starts with education, and continuing that education as the times change. What can you do this weekend to ensure you are accurately bringing understanding, skills and training to everything you do? Let us know what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and how others can do it too! Post your comments on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

What Does Accreditation Mean to You?

What does accreditation mean to an interpreter education program? Interpreters must spend a lot of time, energy, and money in order to become certified. Certification allows for more job opportunities and life experience. If certification can be such a game changer for interpreters, shouldn’t educational systems strive for the same goal? In our opinion, being accredited by Certification organizations means something great. It means we can ensure that our services are indeed helping interpreters gain and retain their certification. Being able to provide Interpreters with accredited training allows the educational organization to offer more than just training. It means we can offer a few small things that every working person needs: peace of mind, confidence, and the feeling of accomplishment.
Did you know that out of all the training organizations for interpreters, only four are accredited by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters? Interpreter Education Online is thrilled to be one of those organizations.
In this era, people of all cultures and languages reside in the same places. At some point or another, everyone needs medical attention. Ensuring that we do our part to help bridge the gap between language barriers in healthcare settings is one of the main reasons we became accredited and strive to always be. This article is not about boasting, it is an encouragement to every training organization to do the tough work that gets the accreditation. Because, like the professionals who utilize our services, we also enjoy: peace of mind, confidence, and the feeling of accomplishment. Don’t you?

This weekend and coming week, try to find some unique ways to improve your business or skills. And let us know what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and how others can do it too! Post your comments on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!