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With the government’s workplace restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID, employees, employers, and contractors have turned toward Zoom, the live video conferencing service, to ensure communication is maintained for all parties. 

The same applies to certified interpreters in Calgary

Meetings that require translation and interpretation can be maximized through Zoom, as illustrated by the benefits you can experience.  

Benefits of Working With Calgary Interpreters Over Zoom

Now, while Zoom has its own live on-screen captioning for translations, it pales in comparison to having a professional interpreter attend. Too often, these online translations miscue specific dialogues, idioms or colloquial terms. That can lead to confusion and problems. 

The benefits of this process influence all parties involved: the two parties requiring the interpretation and the interpreter themselves. Benefits include the following:

  • Quick setup and user-friendly interface
  • Live video interpretation allows for fewer misunderstandings
  • Advanced security to prevent hack-ins occurring during a meeting 
  • Opportunity to record your conferences (helps with understanding little details)
  • Interactive system with video, audio and chat options available 
  • Very stable audio and video quality
  • Available at the comfort of your home or office

How To Work With Calgary Interpreters Over Zoom

Now that you know the benefits that come with working with interpreters over Zoom, let’s take a look at how to maximize its potential. 

Provide the Interpreter with Meeting Details

Ensure that the Calgary interpreter you’ve hired has the vital details about your meeting so that they can be on-time and ready for the meeting. 

When it comes to starting the meeting, make sure the interpreter and the person hiring/hosting the conference are the first two to start it. This ensures a smooth transition and translation when the proper meeting begins. 

Only Turn on the Speaker and Interpreter’s Videos

With up to 49 video connections, Zoom is great for large meetings. But it can be overwhelming to make your voice heard in such a large crowd. This is even more difficult if you lose track of the main speaker and interpreter. How will the message come across? 

Indian girl student wear headset study online teacher write notesTherefore, it is advisable only to let the main speaker of both parties and the interpreter turn their videos and sounds on. When other people want to talk, they should then access their video, unmute themselves, and ask their questions before turning off again. 

This fluent motion helps the interpreter focus on the person talking, thereby providing proper translations for all involved parties. 

Spotlight the Interpreter

Zoom’s Spotlight feature allows any user to be the primary active speaker for all the meetings. You should make the interpreter the spotlight user. 

This way, if someone unmutes, shares a screen or turns on their video, the interpreter is always available and is the first person to be seen on screen. It also always ensures that communication between the two parties is consistent. 

Maximize The Chat Function

This might sound prehistoric, but the chat feature is still a useful function for translation services. Both parties can type in their responses or questions into the chat, and the interpreter can translate it there and then. 

This can be beneficial for large meetings, as you can ask attendees to message questions that the interpreter can read out, rather than having lots of people turn their video and audio on and off.

Remember that with Zoom and a certified interpreter, you always have the opportunity to access high-quality interpreting and translation services in Calgary.

At Languages in Motion Ltd., our goal is to bring the world together through professional translation and interpreting services. With access to over 200 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic, we can help individuals, families, and businesses communicate clearer than ever before. Our certified translators have worked in numerous industries including the Public Sector (Government & Municipalities), Healthcare, Finance, Local and International Marketing, Law and Order, and Immigration. Our experience, passion for delivering results, commitment to clients, and enthusiasm for building relationships are why we are recognized as the best in the translation industry. Contact our certified translators in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver today at 1-888-556-5541.

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