Professional development Archive

ATA-TCD wrapup

I just returned from the mid-year conference of the American Translators Association Translation Company Division, which was held this past weekend in Washington, DC. This was without a doubt one of the best conferences I’ve attended; huge kudos to TCD Administrator Rina Ne’eman and Assistant Administrator Grant Hamilton for their incredible work to organize the


This post has either nothing or everything to do with translation, depending on how you look at it! Here goes: I’ve been thinking a lot about Shosin, the Zen Buddhist concept most commonly translated as “Beginner’s Mind.” It’s most commonly described as an attitude of openness and lack of cynicism about experiences, or as the

Reviewing your professional association memberships

Thanks to my friend and colleague Eve Bodeux for suggesting this timely post! Now that we’re less than a month from the new year, you’re probably receiving membership renewal notices from the professional associations to which you belong. You may also be receiving solicitations to join new associations. Following are some tips on deciding whether

Upcoming session of "Getting Started as a Freelance Translator"

The next session of my 6-week online course Getting Started as a Freelance Translator starts on Monday and I still have a few spots left. This is a ground-up course for people with little or no translation experience; we cover topics such as writing a translation-targeted resumé and cover letter, finding and retaining well-paying clients,