I’m very excited that I’m going to the ATA (American Translators Association) event in Miami this year. So, I want to brush up on my SDL Trados Studio skills so that I can be prepared and answer any questions you may have.
I’m musing this topic between the end of a meeting and the start of a conference call and looking around the room at my colleagues. Someone’s cleaning the white board. Another is drawing up an agenda. I try to understand why we are all so different. One person will get totally hung up on the detail. Another is way ahead foreseeing issues and trying to prepare for them. Another’s saying let’s not pre-empt and wait for the discussion to start and see how it goes.
There’s nothing new here, we all approach certain things differently. Some people need a lot of detail, others require the bigger picture and so on. Personally, I’m thinking about my own issues and how to best spend my time researching for the ATA, so that I am fully prepared.
I know that I have a relatively short attention span so need to get engaged quickly. If I pick an area that doesn’t interest me, I’m mentally writing my Christmas shopping list in no time. So, I’m keen to find out more about terminology, assessing quality of translations, machine translation and post-editing, team dynamics. To get some focus I’m going to need some help and guidance. Somehow I need to figure out what is going to be the right way to learn for me.
I return my attention to the room and we are still waiting for our US colleagues to gather, it’s morning for them and afternoon for us. I’m off on another track now and it’s occurring to me that my colleagues have animal characteristics. There’s the big bear of a man who’s scrubbing clean the whiteboards and the quiet mouse of a girl who’s shy and sharp as a pin. There’s the tall lad who looks like an elegant flamingo. All of this is amusing me as we begin our conference call.
The SDL animal personality quiz
We have put together a personality quiz to help ‘Find the animal in you’. The idea behind the quiz is to answer a few simple questions to reveal your inner animal. It’s designed to help you find out what your ‘natural’ tendencies are so that you can work to your strengths. It’s fun and hopefully you can learn a few new things about translating with SDL Trados Studio 2015 too.
Take the quiz; find out about some of your animal traits and what might interest you. Don’t forget to share your results with your friends and colleagues, you can also see other translators results on Twitter with #SDLAnimal. Enjoy and happy translating!
Take the quiz here.