If you didn’t make it to this year’s big ATA shindig in Miami, you’re probably kicking yourself now. Just looking at the photo above should make you feel like you missed out on a really fun time, let alone an important professional event. Worse still, you’re left wondering what exactly Leo is blaming on Gloria, who Gloria may have kissed with those big red lips, why Jenae is hiding behind those psychedelic glasses, and what Rafa is really smiling about.
Sadly, what happens at the ATA Conference stays at the ATA Conference, so we’ll never really know what hijinks our fellow ATISDA members were up to between all those educational workshops and sessions. All they’ve shared with us are some G-rated photos and videos that we’ve compiled into this #ATA56 Video Blog and, below, their “on-the-record” statements about what they liked most about this year’s annual conference—and why they’re already planning on attending next year’s gathering in San Francisco.
Leo van Zanten, Dutch translator; 7th ATA Conference
- My favorite session this year was “Home is where the Job is” presented by Jonathan Hine. The content was both instructive and appealing. The presenter has a certain flair that will capture your attention from beginning to end. I also have to mention the very instructive presentation by our own Rafa Lombardino on Friday morning. Now I know that Swordfish are not just swimming in the ocean.
- My favorite event this year, as most years, was the Opening Reception, because that was the first opportunity to see friends from all over. Most I hadn’t seen for a year, which always makes for a very happy occasion. Others I had never actually met in person, and now I can put a face to the sender of emails. Last but not least was the priceless occasion of getting together with the fellow ATISDA members for a session at the photo booth. Those pictures, I can now use to prove that “it wasn’t me…”
- I would encourage ATISDA members to attend the 57th ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco, because it is THE occasion to network, receive education, get useful information, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, and get energized and motivated. Moreover, it’s in California, so no need to get on an airplane. And last but not least, there will be colleagues from ATISDA presenting sessions that you shouldn’t miss.
Rafa Lombardino, Portuguese and Spanish translator; 6th ATA Conference
- My favorite session this year was “Finding the Student’s Inner Technologist: Best Practices for Teaching CAT Tools, Localization, and Terminology Online” (ET-3) presented by professors from the New York University (NYU), because it reinforced my own ideas, methods, and impressions about teaching “Tools and Technology in Translation” at UCSD Extension for the past five years.
- My favorite event this year was the opening dinner, because it’s always a great chance to say “Hi” to everyone and mingle in preparation for the sessions.
- I would encourage ATISDA members to attend the 57th ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco because each event is a unique experience to see old friends, meet new people, and take a step back to reflect on what it is that we do every day in our professional lives as translators and interpreters. Here’s a video I recorded about the importance of attending professional conferences.
Jenae Spry, French > English translator; 5th ATA Conference
- My favorite session this year was “Get More Business: Successful Sales Techniques for Translators and Interpreters” presented by Paul Urwin because after coaching freelancers for the past few years, one of the top questions I get is “how do I sell my services and/or market myself better?” This comes up repeatedly in our industry and it’s an area a lot of freelancers struggle with and Paul did a great job explaining the business of sales to translators including the concept of “sell first and find solutions later” which seems to make most freelancers cringe even though it’s a necessary part of sales. He also discussed negotiation which is another area that freelancers seem to struggle with so I was really happy to see a lot of these topics covered.
- My favorite event this year was the Wordfast party because I got to have fun with some old friends and meet new ones. I even met some fellow San Diegans all the way in Miami!
- I would encourage ATISDA members to attend the 57th ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco because it will be a lot of fun and these conferences really help renew your passion for your industry…not to mention how close it will be!