It is conference season and there are many conferences that professional linguists can attend. Since I am a professional translator in the US, the most important conference for me is the American Translators Associations annual conference, this year held in Boston on October 27th to 29th. The ATA Conference is one of the largest conference for translators and interpreters in the world and can have up to 2000 attendees. Sadly there are many that feel they cannot afford or justify attending an industry conference. That is why I wanted to take up some benefits of attending a professional conference.
The benefits of attending usually far outweigh the costs and I can personally see the conference pay itself back within a few months.
Here are also some blog posts and articles about getting the most out of a professional conference.
Top 10 Tips for attending a Conference, by Bill Lampton at Business Know How
Tips for Navigating Your First ATA Conference, by Jill Sommer at ATA Online Learning
I also wrote about “Getting the most out of a conference” last year, with tips on what to do before, during and after the conference.
Did I forget any important posts or tips on attending conferences? Please share! I hope to see you at the next translation conference.