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Tips and Tools: Vetting Potential Clients

Tips and Tools: Vetting Potential Clients

It’s part of a professional translator or interpreter's life. An email drops into our inbox from someone we don’t know. The job looks attractive, but we hold back. Who are these people, anyway? Are they legitimate?  Scammers? Bad payers? Dream clients? Vetting a potential client is mainly a matter of combining common sense with a few online tools. So let’s take a look at a few ways to vet these potential opportunities. Who is the email to? Is the email sent only to you, or are there multiple addressees?  Multiple addressees may mean the requestor is shopping or has a Learn more
Spotlight on Karen Sharp

Spotlight on Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp has come full circle and she’s loving it. The longest-serving member of MITA’s leadership committee, Karen was born in Fort Worth, TX. Over the next twenty-plus years, she would go on to live in Limestone, Maine; Clark Field, Philippines; Little Rock, Arkansas; Montgomery, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Waco, Texas; Farmington, New Mexico; and Mesa, Arizona. So where does she live now? Back in Fort Worth, TX, in the same house where she was born. When Karen was 9 years old, she had a friend whose grandmother spoke Spanish. “I was totally intrigued,” she says, “When I was 11, I found Learn more
I really do know what some of you did this summer….

I really do know what some of you did this summer….

I know, because I was there for part of it. MITA was well represented this year at the annual TAJIT (Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) conference held in Austin this past July 27-29.  Turnout was high this year and the professional level of the presentations was impressive. From business strategies to weapons terminology, there was something to interest everyone. I had never made it to a TAJIT conference before–but it’s already on my calendar for next year.     On August 18 and 19 of this year, MITA had the pleasure of hosting Darinka Mangino (speaker, professor and Learn more
What’s in a (Nick)Name?

What’s in a (Nick)Name?

By Carol Shaw, Editor It had been nearly 30 years since I last visited the tribe where I grew up. As my brother and I, with assorted grown children and in-laws, pulled into the dirt patch that served as a parking lot near the church, I wondered if anyone would even recognize me. It was a short-lived worry. My mother’s old friend Carán immediately hurried over, calling my name. Other than white hair and a host of wrinkles, she hadn’t changed much. She was still reed-thin and spry, and (I found out later) still an ace with a machete. She Learn more