Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2012

My first all-day seminar

Last Saturday, I held my very first all-day seminar as part of the continued education program of the BDÜ. Interestingly, I was not nervous at all, but rather really worried about the technological aspect, since I was giving an introduction to the CAT-Tool memoQ by Kilgray, and the location did have it installed on all PCs but not worked with it before. To put it briefly, yes, there were technical problems, which not even the IT specialist present was able to solve, but I found a workaround so we could continue with the seminar (we basically ignored the error, moved it out of sight and kept working).

The 11 participants were full of questions, some of which I was not able to answer, or at least not to the desired degree, mainly because they were support questions regarding problems with their installation of the program and I am not that computer-savy. 
Overall, though, I felt that I was able to explain the main features and functions well and pass on some of the tips and tricks I have acquired during my use of memoQ, and judging by the feedback I received, so did the participants. (One of the nicest things I heard was "I have attended three seminars on memoQ so far, and this was by far the best one"! What more could I ask for? (: )

Obviously I am totally thrilled about the positive reactions and the praise (and I hope you don't mind my reveling in it for a bit), since it was the first time I stood in front of  people for longer than 2 hours. Considering my background in the performing arts, it's no surprise that I had no problem with actually being in the spotlight, and I was glad that the routine kicked in and not the nerves. However, it is quite a different game when technology is involved and when the questions keep coming. 
I could have stopped the questions and saved them for the end, but had decided beforehand that I would take them immediately, since in my mind it makes more sense to answer them while you're talking about a certain point, anyway. It might not be so obvious or easy later. Of course, if I knew the question would be answered later on in the seminar, anyway, I said so. 

I was glad I had prepared a plan of action, i.e. a list of the things I wanted to address and above all the order in which I wanted to do so. Otherwise, the very first question would have thrown me completely off track. Having interpreted all last year for a train the trainer course did help with that, too, since I was able to use quite a few things from that course, the list just being one of them. 

Nevertheless, reviewing the day later on, I found a number of things I would have liked to talk about or shown, or spent more time on, or explained in more detail, or just done differently. But (hopefully) I'll learn from my experiences, and since I took quite a few notes, both during the seminar (e.g. good questions, changes in the order etc.) and during the review, and even now while working with memoQ, I'm sure the next time will be even better, and the time after that better again, and so forth.

Now all I need is another opportunity... So, anyone interested in an introduction to memoQ any time soon?

Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2012

Zitat der Woche - Quote of the Week

Beim Übersetzen muss man bis ans Unübersetzliche herangehen; alsdann wird man aber erst die fremde Nation und die fremde Sprache gewahr.
When translating one must proceed up to the intranslatable; only then one becomes aware of the foreign nation and the foreign tongue.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2012

2011 - 2012

Nachdem mein Arbeitsrechner jetzt endlich wieder läuft, kann ich also meinen ersten Blog-Beitrag des Jahres schreiben (auch wenn es technisch gesehen der zweite ist...).

Zuerst einmal ein Blick zurück auf 2011:
Zu meiner großen Freude durfte ich 2011 deutlich mehr dolmetschen, u.a. auch in der Kabine, und ich habe einen Direktkunden bekommen, für den ich regelmäßig dolmetschen darf. Natürlich war immer noch die ein oder andere Hochzeit dabei, aber nicht mehr so oft wie das Jahr zuvor. 
Meine Lieblingskunden sind immer noch meine Lieblingskunden (Gruß in die Schweiz), und mein Name wird immer bekannter - zumindest habe die Empfehlungen merklich zugenommen, was mich natürlich sehr freut.
Insgesamt habe ich etwas mehr Umsatz gemacht als 2010, aber dafür war es zeitweise auch ganz schön stressig, was aber nicht nur an der Arbeit lag. Dafür habe ich mich aber auch im Nein-Sagen verbessert, und das will etwas heißen!!
Außerdem habe ich mein Tätigkeitsfeld erweitert, und zwar habe ich zum einen meine Spezialisierung um die (klassische) Musik erweitert, was ja auch wirklich Zeit wurde, und zum anderen begonnen, offiziell als Referentin für den BDÜ zu arbeiten, was mir unheimlich Spaß macht.

Und was bringt 2012?
Tja, wenn man das als Freiberufler nur immer wüsste... Ich wünsche mir auf jeden Fall, dass es weiterhin so interessant bleibt, dass ich wieder ein paar neue Kunden finde (oder sie mich), dass ich wieder Gelegenheiten zum Dolmetschen in der Kabine habe, dass ich als Referentin anderen wirklich helfen kann, und dass ich besser darin werde auf mich zu achten und mich nicht zu überfordern! Dazu gehört zum einen das Nein-Sagen, aber zum anderen auch gutes Verhandeln, z.B. bezüglich Abgabeterminen. Aber da man ja nie auslernt, bin ich eigentlich zuversichtlich, dass mir das gelingen wird.

Natürlich wünsche ich mir, dass 2012 ein gutes Jahr wird, was aber nicht unbedingt etwas mit Umsatz und Gewinn zu tun hat, sondern eher damit, etwas zu tun, was einem Spaß macht, und zufrieden zu sein, und zwar im beruflichen und im privaten Leben. Und das wünsche ich auch meinen Lesern!

Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

Computer Trouble

Well, I wanted to use the first post of the year to review 2011 and write about what my plans are for 2012, but my pc decided to break down right after Christmas, and after I finally got it back from the repairman, with a new hard drive, it took me hours just to install the antivirus program, and then it refused to accept anything else, so I had to take it back in. Today's a holiday here, but he said he might be able to look at it anyway, at the latest tomorrow, so hopefully he'll find out what the problem is and solve it , so I can have my pc back, set it up and work with it again?!  And then I'll write that first post of the year...

I mean, I'm glad I have a notebook I can work with, otherwise I'd be in real trouble (that will be another "Essential Office Equipment" post soon), but it's just not the same.

So, I hope your year started out better than mine and continues to just get better!