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February 3, 2020

Advantages of Simultaneous Interpreting in the Business World

Have you ever needed interpreting services for conferences or important meetings in your company, but don’t know which is the best option or where to start looking?

Believe it or not, there are different types of interpreting. Each one of them has a specific purpose when put into practice.

For a conference or negotiation to be successful, it is not enough that the parties (both the companies and the professionals) agree. Sometimes, the interlocutors speak two different languages and need and interpreter to communicate with each other. That ‘s why simultaneous interpreting is recommended for big business and/or professional events. This type of interpreting is the most known and fastest of all, and it is defined as the oral translation of a speech at the same time it is being presented.

In the following article, I will share with you why simultaneous interpreting is the best option for your business events, as well as its advantages. Aditionally, if you want to hire this service, surely you are asking yourself What’s the necessary equipment for simultaneous interpretation in conferences?, so I invite you to read this article to know what equipment is best for you.

But first…


What is the difference between simultaneous and consecutive interpreting?

Simultaneous interpreting is known for occurring in real time, being the intermediary between two people for them to be able to communicate with each other. This way, conversation is fluid and communication is successful between both parties, even though they speak different languages. Nowadays, that term is associated with “conference interpreting”, which can be the difference between success and failure of the negotiation or conference.

On the other hand, consecutive interpreting doesn’t require equipment as simultaneous interpreting. In order to do their job, interpreters take notes of the presenter’s speech, translating it afterwards for the other party. However, this type of interpreting is longer, since two speeches are being held, both the original and the one translated by the interpreter. It is recommended for business or reunions with few people.

The differences between these two types of interpreting is that consecutive interpreting separates comprehension and delivering of the message. Time needed to deliver and structure the speech in the target language is different in both types.


Advantages of Simultaneous Interpreting

As mentioned previously, simultaneous interpreting tends to be used in congresses, conferences, and/or other business events, where interpreters are in a booth, providing information to the listeners through receptors with earphones.

The advantages of simultaneous interpreting for negotiations or business events are the following:

  • Better comprehension of the message

If you hire this service for your business events, you will be giving the listeners the opportunity to better understand the purpose of your events through an interpreter. For that reason, I also recommend you to read this article about 7 key tips when looking for Translation Services, which will guide you through the selection process of a translator/interpreter, who must be reliable and offer a quality service in order to accomplish the initial purpose.

  • Savings in time and money

Simultaneous interpreting will save you time and money, since the duration of your event will be shorter, because there won’t be as many questions between clients and/or listeners thanks to the interpreter. If your event turns out to be shorter than expected, interpreters and the place of the event charge per hour, having an impact in your pocket. Interpreting in real time saves in time and money. An advantage difficult to ignore.

  • Type of interpreting

If you want your clients or guests to get a good and professional impression, don’t hesitate to hire the simultaneous interpreting service. With this service, you can have access to translation in real time without leaving out vital information during the event.

  • Increase contact network

All businesses aspire to get more contacts to grow and be successful. Thanks to simultaneous interpreting you will be able to communicate with people that speak another language and make some big deals. Just as translation, interpreting breaks cultural barriers, getting both parties closer.

  • Broader scope

Thanks to interpreting, your business event will have more audience, because everybody will be able to fully understand, without any complications or setbacks.


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