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How Do You Know Which Interpreting Style Is Right For Your Event Or Meeting?

Prestige Network Services, Top Tips

blog conferenceIf you are communicating with international clients, arranging a meeting with a contact from another country, or attending a conference without speaking the primary language, you need an interpreter.

Different situations require different interpreting formats, the most common of which are simultaneous and consecutive interpreting.
Check out the benefits of these forms of interpreting, and when to use them:
When to Use Consecutive Interpreting?
Consecutive interpreting works best for small groups or one-on-one conversations. The interpreter waits until the speaker is finished before relaying the message in the listener’s language, and vice versa.
Consecutive interpreting is a popular option during both formal and informal occasions. These include:
o Interviews
o HR meetings
o Parent-teacher conferences
o Court depositions
o Client-Solicitor meetings
o Medical consultations

Consecutive interpreting has the advantage of being more like a conversation, with both parties able to speak uninterrupted by an interpreter. It can take longer, though, for each side to be interpreted consecutively.

When to Use Simultaneous Interpreting?
In simultaneous interpreting, also known as conference interpreting, the interpretation is transmitted to listeners in real time while the original speech is still in progress. Simultaneous interpreting is primarily used in formal or large group settings, where one person is speaking in front of an audience, rather than in conversational environments. These events can include:

o Diplomatic conferences
o Focus Groups (no equipment required)
o International conventions
o Business or board meetings
o Training sessions
o Courtrooms
o Lectures and presentations
o Tours

This type of interpreting frequently requires audio-visual equipment, such as interpreter booths, wireless receivers, headsets and microphones, to relay messages quickly to a large audience. More intimate gatherings might be better served by consecutive interpreting.
Other Interpreting Options
Simultaneous and consecutive interpreting are effective solutions for most face-to-face or conference settings. But what if you are communicating with someone over the phone, or have an urgent deadline with no time to arrange for an on-site interpreter?
Telephone interpreting helps solve these dilemmas, with an interpreter on the line to relay messages back and forth after they have been said. This interpreting method, similar to consecutive interpreting, is ideal for conference calls and scheduling appointments with international contacts.

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