• Alex Tegarty

Networking for LSPs

Whether it be online or in-person, there are many ways to network these days. It's truly amazing how quickly networking can help advance a language service provider's career - especially if it is done right! It's pretty easy to sign up for networking sites and browse around for tips and information, but if real progress is going to be made, then resources from the networking sites should be utilized with purpose and an action plan should be set in place. For anyone just starting their careers, professional associations are more than likely the best way to connect with other LSPs, translators, interpreters, project managers, agencies, etc. I know, it can be daunting to attend big industry events if you aren't a social butterfly. However, there are other great ways to become more social and that's what I wanted to talk about today.

One way to get back into socializing professionally, is to grab a bite at a local lunch spot with someone you met at a conference, or industry event. There, you can discuss your future plans for your freelance business, or just discuss the industry news and other related topics. This way, when the time comes, it's a lot easier to network with more influential people within the language industry. Humans, like it or not, are social beings and life can get really dull without any socialization. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, as more and more people become vaccinated, it will be nice to get out, socialize, and enjoy life as we used to. Most of the networking I do currently takes place online and ever since the beginning of the recent pandemic, I have been utilizing virtual conferences and networking events as much as I can. There are a wide-variety of virtual events that take place globally too that aren't just for localization. I think it's wonderful to see how the world is connecting, learning from other people's experiences, and growing together online!

I recently attended a virtual conference called #LocFromHome this past Thursday, May 27th, 2021. It was a 12 hour event and I was delighted to be able to participate for the majority of it. There were a lot of localization professionals and companies that attended, as well as a lot of translators and other language service providers. The host and translation platform, Smartcat, organizes this conference each year and makes it available to anyone in the world! So, if you work in the industry and are interested in localization as a profession, or for the expansion of your current company, I would recommend attending next year. You can meet so many influential people first hand, in the comfort of your own home office, or wherever you decide to attend, and you are able to ask those burning questions about localization, workflow, globalization, industry tech, and even ROI (return on investment). The feedback given is priceless and even more amazing, is that the conference is free for anyone to attend! The best advice I can give regarding attending virtual events, is to not be afraid to ask questions, or be seen, and to use the feedback you get to help you move forward as a serious professional. Without the guidance of others, it would be very difficult to grow in your career. It's a tremendous help when industry leaders are willing to take the time to provide you with the tools and tips you need to succeed, especially when you don't have to pay them for it. So, take notes, ask questions, make plans, and keep on moving forward!

An entire book could be written on networking for language service providers, but in reality, it's all about what you do with the time you have, and who you know within the industry. I'll be interested in seeing how networking changes as the industry continues to transform and adjust to post-COVID life. Since there are more opportunities now to do things virtually, perhaps it will become the new norm. That gives everyone the opportunity to attend the same events and not have to spend money on hotels and travel, etc. Also, you can still talk to the same people, make the same connections, and learn the same information - It's fabulous!

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Ali Tegarty

Independent Translator

German to English