Freelancers Unite! An Interview with CFU’s Paula Kirman

Many ATIA members may have met Paula Kirman of the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) last year at the AGM in Edmonton, as she gave a presentation to our members on the benefits of joining the CFU. Thank you for joining us, Paula!   Q: Why don’t you start by telling us who can join the … Continue reading Freelancers Unite! An Interview with CFU’s Paula Kirman

Marketing Strategies for Freelance Translators and Interpreters

​Understanding languages is a pretty good industry to get into. Globalization has increased the need for translators and interpreters to continue to break down language barriers. As such, it can be one of the most satisfying careers, as interpreters and translators have a direct role in bridging language and culture and breaking down barriers. The … Continue reading Marketing Strategies for Freelance Translators and Interpreters

How We can Use Feedback for Business Growth

Feedback has always been an effective form of communication used by humans. It has been defined as a response to a person’s behavior that influences whether that behavior will continue or stop. In other words, feedback is information given to us that tells us how we are doing – the good and the bad. When … Continue reading How We can Use Feedback for Business Growth

What Happens in the Brain When We Interpret?

The human brain is a powerful control centre. It is responsible for everything from our ability to breathe to our ability to be empathic. It is responsible for all skills and abilities, and language is no exception.  Language is an exceptionally complicated, yet highly coordinated task. It is a cognitive skill that is both unique … Continue reading What Happens in the Brain When We Interpret?

6 Ways to Sharpen Listening Skills

​Steven R. Covey, in his famous book that outlines The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, stated that “most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply”.  Interpreters, however, understand that listening to understand is fundamental to the work we do. Without proper listening, vital information can … Continue reading 6 Ways to Sharpen Listening Skills