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May 2021

Working Lunch: Showcasing your work – benefits of building a portfolio

5 May @ 1:00 pm

In this week's Working Lunch, we'll be chatting about the benefits of building a portfolio of your work to show prospective clients. Where do you start? What should go in it: previous projects or samples for your ideal project? What about project brief information and testimonials? How do you deal with previous projects that are subject to confidentiality agreements? What format should it be presented in: just a text file, or perhaps something more engaging such as a webpage?

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Working Lunch: Conferences for language professionals – tips and experiences

19 May @ 1:00 pm

Following on from last week's ITI Conference, this week we'll be talking about language industry conferences.Which ones, if any, have you attended? Are you a seasoned conferencer, or are you new to the world of tracks, key notes and networking over a stand-up lunch?Are there any ones in particular that you would recommend?What particularly valuable pieces of advice have you taken away from a conference that has served you well since?Has conference networking led to projects or a long-term working…

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Working Lunch: Source languages – adding, practising and removing

26 May @ 1:00 pm

This week we'll be chatting about our source languages:- Since you started translating/interpreting, have you added (or are you planning to add) another source language to your combination? Why? - Have you stopped (or are you planning to stop) working from one of your source languages? Why? - How do you keep up your source languages, especially if you have several? - At what point does the number of source languages become unmanageable?

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June 2021

Working Lunch: Marketing Yourself as a Translator or Interpreter

2 June @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Communications Officer, Marjolein Thickett and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week we'll be looking at how to start marketing yourself as a freelancer. Who is your audience?Which channels should you use?What steps can you take to make yourself visible to your ideal clients?

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Working Lunch: Pricing and Negotiation Tactics

9 June @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Chairperson Laurence Bisot and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week it's all about pricing and negotiation tactics. How do you price jobs? Do you differentiate between per word and per hour depending on the type of job?Do you charge a minimum fee, weekend tariff, or rush job…

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NWTN AGM 2021

15 June @ 7:30 pm

NWTN Members are invited to attend this year’s NWTN Annual General Meeting on 15 June 2021. As the situation is still uncertain as to how and when we can meet in person, this meeting will be hosted fully on Zoom like last year, so everyone can attend from the comfort of their own home! You can find joining instructions at the bottom of this page. It has been a strange year for all, sometimes difficult, but our Network has also achieved…

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Working Lunch: Revision Techniques

16 June @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Member Katell Sevellec and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week it's all about revision techniques. Which techniques do you use? What do you find the most effective? Does the technique you choose depend on the type of text you're working on?

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Working Lunch: The changing dynamics of the freelancer-agency relationship

23 June @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc. This week NWTN Member Hilary Wilson will be leading discussion on the changing dynamics of the freelancer-agency relationship over the last 10+ years.

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Working Lunch: Bad habits and how to break them

30 June @ 1:00 pm

Join NWTN Events Team Leader Kate Lo and colleagues for an informal chat online via Zoom. For one hour during your lunch break, we'll host a Q&A session that includes discussion regarding tips for productivity, business progression, social media, upcoming CPD events, etc.** Please note that this is the last Wednesday session for a few weeks. We will be moving to Thursday 4 pm in July to give more people a chance to get involved who may not otherwise be…

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July 2021

Teatime Thursday: Pricing and Negotiation Tactics – part 2

8 July @ 4:00 pm

Since it was such a popular topic back in June, this week it's all about pricing and negotiation tactics once more. How do you price jobs? Do you differentiate between per word and per hour depending on the type of job?Do you charge a minimum fee, weekend tariff, or rush job fee?How do you respond when a client is solely focussed on price?Do you use any particular negotiation tactics to seal the deal?

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