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Tips for consecutive

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The following is a assorted collection of tips suggested by colleagues at the Cracow Interpreting Upgrade Workshops 2001 and 2002 held at the Jagiellonian University Interpreting School, Krakow.


- take a deep breath before you start a giving back your consecutive - not all sentences are of the same value!! This should be reflected in intonation.

- hold the pad in both hands, rest your forearms against the edge of the table. In this way you will not be prone to swaying or rocking back and forth. You will have found something inconspicuous to do with your hands. Also the pad will be higher up than if it were on the table making it easier and quicker to glance at.

- put audible commas either side of people’s names

the Minister for transport ,   Bob Smith  ,    has said

- don’t be afraid to add fillers to make it sound more natural

- look at foreheads not listeners eyes. (They won’t notice the difference but you won’t be distracted)
- fewer notes, more thinking - try turning the words into a picture

- being shorter in consec is about removing redundancies NOT about speaking faster

- dates and figures.....right them immediately on the right hand side of the page and use a long arrow to show where they fit into the structure of the speech.

- note lists in order 3 2 1 to save brain space

- if you have to improvise a symbol or abbreviation write the „translation” along side (or on r.h. side of the first use of it. ie.
tr                                     transgenic
- note the last sentence in some detail and take you time – it will be relevant!

- between every idea you should either have a link noted or the you should be thinking ahead to your next sentence/paragraph. 1.4 Giving speeches for your colleagues.



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