In this blog post, Deborah Borderiau recaps the NWTN’s weekly Working Lunch chats.
If you want to find out what to expect, keep an eye on the NWTN’s social media channels for the theme each week and join us here.
What could be nicer during these gloomy times of the Covid pandemic than a weekly chat session with our NWTN colleagues? It’s great to see smiling faces and have an informal discussion that would brighten up any translator’s lonely day!
We ‘meet up’ via Zoom at 1 pm for an hour on Wednesdays. A different topic is chosen every week with the aim of enhancing the freelance translator’s/interpreter’s working environment and productivity. So far I have participated in three of these sessions (where my timetable has permitted!).
A recent topic discussed useful high-tech gadgets. It’s great to learn about what members have discovered and find works well for them, be it the pros and cons of a new vertical mouse, for example, or a delta ball mouse to ease a repetitive strain injury. Our chats bring to light the latest apps that make our working lives easier and more efficient, such as task managers and calendars.
Sometimes in an informal, noisy gathering in a meeting room, we may not be able to circulate enough to be able to converse with several different people, and then we might leave feeling a little disappointed. A Zoom ‘meeting’ allows more people to follow one conversation and participate. Our hosts – Events Team Leader Kate Lo and NWTN Chair Laurence Bisot – make sure that everyone gets a chance to speak and ask questions.
So don’t be shy! Come along, network, and join us for our next session, Wednesday 11 November at 1 pm, where we’ll be discussing feedback and criticism, and making the best out of negative experiences in our businesses.