SL016: Tips For Speakers When Working With Foreign Language Translators

In today’s episode of The Speakers Life I’m in Quito, Ecuador and sharing ideas on how speakers can best work with language translators at events.



  • Briefing the translator
  • Types of foreign language translation
  • Live translation for speakers

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James Taylor, keynote speaker and founder of SpeakersU. Today I’m in Quito, Ecuador, where I’ve been doing a series of speaking engagements across the country. And one interesting thing that’s happened this week, always speaking engagements is the old have live translation. So I thought I’d just kind of give you some of my thoughts on when you’re speaking to an audience where they don’t speak your language and think some of the things you have to think about. The first the obvious one is you have to speak a little bit slower, because you’re going to have either a live someone doing live translation or then sequential translation to differences that in this case, all the events I was speaking at, they had two interpreters there, someone that was interpreting my English into Spanish, so the and everyone had to have the room would have headphones on and they could hear the interpreter speaking my words in Spanish and then the other way, when we do Q and A’s.

I had someone that was interpreting me from the Spanish into the English so I needed a pair of headphones on during the Q&A sessions as well, so that’s the ideal is that you have two interpreters, they’re wondering the that the language, one doing your language. And it just makes it really easy. And that way you don’t have to slow down terms you’re going through things, you have to speak a little bit slower. So to help interpreters, if you are doing it with with, you know, live translation, spend a bit of time just talking with the interpreters talking through what you’re going to be covering, ideally give them all your slides or your presentations, I have a lot of things written out. So I give them all of that. We talked about certain words that I have, which are very kind of maybe European words, that they might need to just think about how best to translate it, some things don’t translate as well. And that’s it really, and then just you get to know them, and they’re going to be in your ear for the course of your speech, if you’re doing that. And then the second way is when you have the consequential translation where you speak and then you pause and then you let someone do the translation. I’ve done this last different places and rush in he was in Russian and all different languages is not my preferred way of doing things because it slows things down a lot. So let’s say if you normally give a 30 minute keynote or 30 minute speech, it’s going to take an hour because you have to do that. And so it’s not the ideal if you can, if the client can afford it definitely get in. Live translation makes a huge difference. So you There you go. My little tips for working with translators as a keynote speaker, hope you find that useful. Thank you.

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