General Meeting Recap

12020027_962141653844962_3500219952603985348_nDespite the glorious weather, it was standing-room-only on Saturday at the AATIA meeting that caught the attention of a large crowd of translators and interpreters. In celebration of International Translation Day, Michael Blumenthal moderated a panel of seasoned translators and interpreters who were interviewed by newcomers to the profession. They and members of the audience asked about how to get started in the business, how to land your first clients (and how to hold on to them), whether it is worth getting accredited by the ATA, how to assess projects and come up with realistic deadlines, how to establish your own worth in terms of competitive rates, and much else. There was lively discussion and a great deal of valuable information was shared. See photos on the AATIA Facebook page.

The other portion of the meeting was devoted to the updates to the website, which is still a work in progress. Now in the hands of a paid professional, the search function, member profiles, and calendar features are being fine-tuned and will soon be back online. The board expressed appreciation for members’ patience as this tedious, frustrating, but very necessary process is completed.

The board would also be interested to hear what members would like to see presented at future meetings. If you have any specific thoughts or ideas on that subject, please drop us an email at:

Happy International Translation Day, and see you at the next meeting*!
*Which, as usual, will be at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel ( located at the corner of Oltorf and I-35, in South Austin.