Most expert interpreters will tell you that their job is not an easy one, particularly when you are just starting out your career. It involves summoning up a lot of inner strength to overcome any fears you may have when interpreting one-on-one. With that said, the following are some of the few things you can do to help you in this regard.
How to Overcome Your Fears When Interpreting:
• Familiarize yourself with whom you will be interpreting
One of the best ways of overcoming your fears when interpreting is to familiarize yourself with the person you intend to do it for prior to the actual day. You can start by going through their personal information and background to get honest insight on what their interests are or what kind of personality they have. Such a move will also make a good impression on the client when they see you took time outside of work to get to know them better. Finally, with such information on hand, the interpretation session will go very smoothly since you would have learned a bit about the client.
• Don’t rush
During an interpreting session, it is important that you don’t rush things. Always try to talk to the person as if you were conversing with a very close friend. This will not only help you to overcome any fears you may have but also prevent you from trying to use complicated phrases, which may end up costing you in the end. Also, whenever you encounter something unfamiliar while interpreting, make sure you pause and think first, don’t rush into it.
• Accept that mistakes will happen
Every interpreter makes mistakes; however, it does not mean that they are all bad at their job. The key is to accept the fact that mistakes will happen while interpreting and therefore the best thing you can do is to take them as learning opportunities that will make you better at what you do.
• Enjoy the moment whenever you can
It is always good that you try to make the best out of any interpreting task. In fact, to be the best at it, you should not think of it as work, but instead a situation whereby you are helping out a friend communicate better and efficiently with another individual.
With all the tips mentioned above, the last point one should also take note of is preparation. Remember, just like with all other tasks in life; you have to be well-prepared in order to become a good interpreter. This means researching, practicing, and learning new techniques whenever you can.