The Booth: Location…location…location…

July 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dear Colleagues,

During one of my recent trips I ran into one of my veteran colleagues. Of course, we talked about what we are doing and updated each other on our respective lives, but after a few minutes the conversation went back to the “good old days”.  We remembered a time, many years ago when we worked at a conference where the booth was right next to the door that was right next to the hallway where the bagels and muffins were served. Needless to say, the door was opened like fifty times, and on occasion it was kept open while a group of conference attendees entered the room carrying multiple bagels and cookies.  I know this is nothing new to any of you, but it got me thinking about what is the best possible location for a booth from the interpreter’s point of view.

To me it is clear: We need to have the booth where we can see the speaker, the screen, and the audience. However, because of physical or technical limitations this is not always possible. My question to you is: Where do you like to see the booth when you work, and if you need to make a choice between the features I mentioned above: Have a view of the speaker, the audience, and the screen, which one could you do without?

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§ 2 Responses to The Booth: Location…location…location…

  • Location, location, location. If you have to choose what you will be able to see and what you won’t, I think it depends on the situation. At times I am able to have access to the power point presentations ahead of time and access them from my own laptop – so the screen is less important. For question and answer situations, I think viewing the audience is very important. For a plenary type situation, it seems less important to see the audience. Personally, I like to see the person who is speaking.

  • Veronica says:

    Tony I agree with Aimee. If I have the presentations (ahead of time) then I dispense of those, otherwise it is a tough choice, but I forego the audience especially if I’m just seeing their backs.

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