(Hint: It’s Worth It!)
Think of important international conferences, or government bodies in heated debates; you will have likely noticed the fast talking, half-headphone wearing folks seated in booths at the back, packed full of high-tech kit. Yes, the interpreters. While one would expect to find professional interpreters in such high-stake environments, these masters of communication stand to benefit anyone hosting conferences, functions, or business meetings.
It is common practice in many businesses to lean on staff who happen to know more than one language: “Hey, can you come here and talk to these people, please?” While this may be sufficient in answering a simple question like: “Where is the snack machine?” or “Do you have change for this?”, it is definitely not enough for serious business.
When you need to negotiate a deal, or liase with clients, or market effectively, or educate, communicate with, and direct clients or partners in a professional manner, then you need a professional interpreter. Don’t risk mistakes or miscommunication: go for expert intepreters.
Interpreters Are Like Mechanics
If your car needs an oil change or a new belt, calling up your cousin may be a low-risk way to save a few bucks. If your car needs a new set of main bearings or a new head gasket, you call a professional. Why? Because you know your car is worth the extra investment in a qualified and experienced person who won’t waste your time or destroy something you value greatly. An interpreter is like a mechanic: not only can they solve difficult situations for you, but can also ‘soup-up’ your ride to get you more horse-power. Some serious ‘bang’ for your ‘buck’.
The Risks of a Bad Translation
The idea that any translation is better than no translation is flawed, as a poor or incomplete translation can actually be worse than no translation at all. This is like saying that bad directions are better than no directions! If you’re lost, does it help you to go further still down the wrong path? If people act based on innacurate or incomplete information, the consequences can be catastrophic. Imagine the implications for a business relationship, reputation, event outcome, or profits!
Interpreters are more than just language specialists; they are communicators who act as professional consultants. Moreover, their assistance, owing to their strong command of both language and culture, is able to free you up. In this way, you can focus entirely on the decision making that will drive your business forward.
Are you willing to gamble the success of your business or event on the skills of a non-professional? Is it really worth the risk in order to save a small amount of money? Would you do this for accounting, for marketing, for security? Don’t risk this critical and fundamental component to success – effective communication – by putting it into the hands of someone who is not qualified to handle it. Hire professional interpreters who, like you, take their work very seriously. Professional interpreters base their livelihood on their work ethic, and so do you.
What Professional Interpreters Can Do for You
In addition to bridging language gaps, and bringing people together who may otherwise be unable to communicate effectively, professional interpreters are able to:
- Free you from the limits of what you are able to say in another language, and empower you to say what you want to say.
- Ensure that the information you receive is complete and reflects exactly what it is meant to.
- Accurately translate the entirety of what has been said without miscommunication or misunderstanding.
- Mediate during conversations, meetings, conferences, phone calls, or any other communications.
- Avoid potential cultural offenses, taboos, or accidental disrespect.
- Utilise industry specific terminology, nuance, slang, or acronyms.
- Maintain professionalism, confidentiality, and trust.
- Protect and project the professional image of your business or organisation; the presence of a professional interpreter demonstrates your commitment to relying on the very best to ensure success.
Hiring a professional interpreter offers a wide range of practical benefits to any organisation. In many business domains, such as electrical works, IT matters, or financial book-keeping, one would not hire anyone other than experienced professionals; this should be true for communication as well. Don’t put your hard work, your time, or your financial investments at risk: hire professional interpreters. You won’t regret it.
This article was written by Stefania Spagnulo, Italian Interpreter.