Tip Tuesday: Top tips for interpreters by interpreters!

20 February 2018

TIS National periodically profiles interpreters who exemplify TIS National's mission and apply the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) Code of Ethicsin their work.

Here are some of their top tips on interpreting:

  • Always be confident but respectful of others.

  • Always be professional.

  • Have broad knowledge because knowledge is power for any interpreter.  

  • Be positive, have confidence to communicate with others efficiently and always strive to improve.

  • Be eager to learn and grow professionally.

  • If you want to become an interpreter, talk to someone you know who is already an interpreter to find out information about the career.

  • The best interpreters are the most invisible ones. I am just your voice.

  • Interpreters need to forget themselves and not take things personally.

  • Language is a living thing so it is vital to keep your linguistic skills up-to-date and read in both languages.

  • Be accurate, be honest and care about the profession.

  • Put yourself in the other person's shoes.

  • Be self-disciplined and able to manage your time and competing priorities.

Read about TIS National interpreters and their journey into the profession in our interpreter profiles.

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