• My Guest Post for The Unique Pro Series on Rockstar Translations Blog •

Hear, hear!
I am glad to announce that Valentina, owner of Rockstar Translations as well as a truly amazing colleague, this morning, launched >> THE UNIQUE PRO series << on her blog.
Read the first guest post featuring yours truly. ‪Click on the image below to be redirected to the post.
Enjoy the reading, and… share, share, share over a cup of coffee! 😉

Yet, remember, 

We have something special by nature, so we do not have to be scared of showing what makes us the key to carry out a project or solve a problem. It is also a matter of character, because when it comes to working together (and co-working as well, of course) you can see if you and the other person are on the same wavelength. Or you may need someone that is completely different from you. So, why should we just show a shadow-self and hide our true selves? It is not detrimental at all. It is our personal added value: that je-ne-sais-quoi making the difference. In my honest opinion, hiding it we choose to give up taking chances.

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Wake me up when September… starts.

Hello, everyone!

How are you doing? I have been silent for a little while, I know. I gave you some hints about my future projects, but I have not revealed anything yet. I know, I know… I owe you all an apology.

I planned to spend the month of August organising the last part of this “sabbatical” year and it looks like I’m going to live many exciting adventures over the next few weeks.

First of all, thank you so much for your precious support! With your help I have been nominated in various translation-related categories for the Community Choice Awards hosted by ProZ.

Website >> One Sec Translations (www.onesec-translations.com)

Twitter >> Chiara Bartolozzi (@OneSec_ts)

Blog Post >> “Guest Post: Connecting with people” on Caroline Alberoni Translations Blog (http://caroltranslation.com/…/guest-post-connecting-with-p…/)

Other Social Media >> Instagram: onesectranslations (http://instagram.com/onesectranslations/)

Now, you can vote for your favourite one(s), so if you want to vote yours truly, follow this link >> http://www.proz.com/community-choice-awards and choose the related items.

The voting phase will be open until 22nd September. Then, discover the winners on International Translation Day (30th Sept)!

Secondly, as I told you in my previous post, I am leaving today to reach the wonderful city of Bordeaux. I will attend the 3rd IAPTI Conference and I am pretty excited about that, because it is my very first time as a participant in an International event.

5 - 6 September || Bordeaux, France
5 – 6 September || Bordeaux, France

I will share a gorgeous flat with other colleagues and I am sure that we will have a lot of fun, as it will be both a sort of holiday and working time for everyone of us.

The roommates will be:

Caroline Alberoni: @AlberoniTrans (twitter) – Alberoni Translations (facebook) – @alberoni (Instagram)

Emma Becciu: @emmabecciu (twitter) – Knotty Translations (facebook) – @emmabecciu (Instagram)

Gala Gil Amat: @transGalator (twitter) – Transgalator (facebook) – instransgalator (Instagram)

Mila Rapizo: @mirapizo (twitter) – @mirapizo (Instagram)

Marta Prieto: @CalamburTrad (twitter)

And me: @OneSec_ts (twitter) – One Sec Translations (facebook) – @onesectranslations (Instagram)

Follow our real-time updates on facebook, twitter, and Instagram (I am sure we’ll share posts, tweets, and pictures). (I provided you with all our details so that you can find us online.)

Thirdly, I am going to launch a section on my website that it will be called The Honest Translator, which is intended to be a box encompassing my posts, guest posts, thoughts and anything else on being a freelancer (focusing mainly on being a translator) in the most honest way possible. I would like to create a space where people can talk their true selves without wearing any mask, discussing their added values and real expectations (basing them on what they really feel and want).

Yet, last but not least, I’m going to submit a questionnaire to a bunch of professionals that I would like to have as my guests for a new interview series that I will publish on my website. It will be a little bit different from those you usually read on other blogs, because I thought it as a fresh way to have a break. I hope that I could show you something as soon as possible. We’ll see. Maybe you could be one of those amazing colleagues I would like to feature on my blog. Stay tuned and you could discover it!

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed the reading. Feel free to comment or drop me a line about anything.

I’ve got to go, but…

See you soon!

~Chiara

• #ProZCCA: Community Choice Awards 2015 hosted by ProZ •

Good morning, followers! Happy Sunday! 🙂
It’s been a long time since my last post – I know, I’m sorry! But, I’m juggling a lot lately, and I’m working on some new exciting projects that I’m going to unveil in a couple of months. I’m still working on my website (One Sec Translations), which you can visit and surf; but, I want to personalise it a little bit more, so I’m taking care of the latest details.

Besides, I’m arranging my business and networking trips to Bordeaux and Pisa (in September and October, respectively), so I’m trying to be active on many, different sides so that I’ll be ready to leave without freaking out! 😀
I’ll write something for you about it in a specific post on the topic. 🙂

Yet, although I didn’t make it at the Language Lover Contest 2015 hosted by Bab.la, it doesn’t mean I don’t have to give it another try by taking the chance to participate in the Community Choice Awards 2015 hosted by ProZ.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARDS 2015

The ProZ website says:

The ProZ.com community choice awards are hosted by ProZ.com annually to provide another means for the ProZ.com community to publicly recognize language professionals who are active, influential or otherwise outstanding in various media throughout the industry. Nominations, voting, and winners are determined entirely by the ProZ.com community.
Here’s how it works: the contest has a simple structure of nominations, voting, and announcement of winners. Members of the ProZ.com community are asked to submit their nominations in various categories. Nominees who receive a certain number of nominations move to the voting stage. Winners are determined purely through numbers of votes cast by the ProZ.com community.
There are two main categories: Translation-related and Interpretation-related. Within these categories are various sub-categories such as “best blog”, “best website”, “best trainer”, “best conference speaker”, etc.

Nominations are still being accepted. You can submit your nominations through August 18th following this web address >>> http://www.proz.com/community-choice-awards/nominations

If you like to spread the word on Twitter or other social media, you can use the hashtag #ProZCCA

If you feel like supporting me, you can fill in the blank spaces with my accounts and relating links as follows:

1. Blog
Claire’s Adventures in Translation, https://onesectranslation.wordpress.com
2. Website
One Sec Translations, https://www.onesec-translations.com
3. Twitter
Chiara Bartolozzi @OneSec_ts, https://twitter.com/OneSec_ts
4. Facebook Page
One Sec Translations, https://www.facebook.com/OnesecTranslationService
7. Other social media
Pinterest: Chiara One Sec (@chiaraonesec), https://it.pinterest.com/chiaraonesec/
Instagram: One Sec Translations (@onesectranslations), https://instagram.com/onesectranslations/
14. Blog post
Guest post: “Connecting with people” – The Importance of being Honest >>> http://caroltranslation.com/2015/03/03/guest-post-connecting-with-people/ (appeared on Caroline Alberoni‘s blog)
15. ProZ.com profile
Chiara Bartolozzi (One Sec Translations)http://www.proz.com/profile/1744283

You can also provide nominations for the other subcategories and nominate interpretation-related users.

You can fill in the blanks by writing as many names as you like; just choose the related category or subcategory and nominate your favourite people. Filling in all the spaces is not compulsory, so if you don’t have any nominees, just leave a blank space.

Thanks in advance for your support! 🙂
And have a look around, because many translators/interpreters/linguists are willing to take part in the competition!

Good luck, everyone!

~Chiara

Honest Translators: l’approccio (pro)positivo

Buongiorno a tutti miei cari followers!

Oggi vi delizio con un post completamente in italiano, perché è il risultato di un proficuo scambio di idee avvenuto tra me e la mia amica, nonché collega, Clara di Winged Translations.

Come ho già avuto modo di scrivere nell’articolo “The importance of being Honest“, vorrei farmi portavoce di un movimento che ispiri ed unisca tutti i professionisti sotto un’unica bandiera: l’onestà.
Per ora questo progetto è in fase di definizione e pianificazione, ma credo che l’importanza di essere chiari, sinceri e, soprattutto, onesti su ciò che si è come individui e su cosa si possa offrire professionalmente sia la base per instaurare dei solidi rapporti umani e lavorativi.

Alla ricerca di ispirazione, ieri mi è capitato di imbattermi in un video di Marie Forleocome si può essere diretti con i colleghi senza risultare aggressivi, ma propositivi?

Parlando dell’argomento con Clara, ho selezionato una serie di riflessioni sull’approccio positivo di cui mi faccio promotrice e ho tratto alcune conclusioni personali che desidero condividere con voi.

Per riuscire ad ottenere un buon risultato, è bene:

▷ Focalizzarsi su un approccio propositivo;
▷ Non esagerare con la positività quando si cerca di motivare gli altri;
▷ Fornire sempre una modalità di risoluzione dei problemi, favorendo lo scambio di opinioni e il confronto;
▷ Spiegare il “come” si possa risolvere una problematica;
▷ Esprimere senza paura come ci si sente nei riguardi di una particolare situazione, perciò non in termini di “È colpa tua”, ma di “Mi sento così”.

Cosa ne pensate?
Ci sono altre accortezze da tenere a mente in situazioni in cui onestà e approccio diretto sono fondamentali?

Lasciatemi un commento, sarò felice di rispondervi.

~Chiara

Le fondamenta del movimento "Honest Translators"
Le fondamenta del movimento “Honest Translators”

▶ New Year’s Resolutions: What I expect from myself in 2015

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So… Here we are!

I told you in one of my last post that I was going to write down my 2015 resolutions.

 

Every year I find it harder, because I know that I would like to achieve, learn, gain, discover, live more and more than I can get eventually. However, life is strange and, sometimes, we just get what we deserve. Somebody calls it “destiny”, somebody calls it “luck”. As far as I’m concerned, I just think we should be just call it only “life”, because both in good times and bad times there’s something new to discover, which will lead  us to know ourselves better. Life teaches us how to proceed.

So, I’m very grateful for the bunch of lessons taught by experience, people I met, challenges I lost and meaningful goals I achieved. I’ve been living my 2014 trying to do my best.

Firstly, I set some goals. Indeed, I wanted to write more on my blog, so I gave it a try. My blog was very sad and I didn’t know who to properly use it or how to manage it. Now, there are a lot of people landing here every day, people who give me good advice on writing and freelancing. It’s a sharing place, I like it! It was a little goal to achieve, but it was my starting point.

I also started to use social media; I learnt a lot about timing, audience, hashtags, topics, how to catch up with your followers and so on. It has been a great experience and I want to take it with me to 2015.

I restyled my brand thanks to my friend Alice (she’s a graphic designer). We discussed and we argued, of course. I won’t lie. There were ups and downs; it wasn’t an easy journey, because, working together with friends, sometimes you feel like you can’t be completely honest. You think you may hurt them somehow, even if you know that work comes first and your friendship is put aside. We completed the new logo, which I showed you in April. We are getting late for publishing the complete version of the website, but technical issues arose. It’s a pity, but we are going to fix it. Stay tuned!

I attended some webinars and online courses, as I wanted to go deep into different topics. It was good, because you can share opinions with other attendees, and the teachers are very pleased to answer all your questions anytime. I met reliable professionals this way.

I lost two clients. I know it’s not my fault. I mean, that’s life! (As I said…) The contract expired and it wasn’t renewed. It was a one-year collaboration and each business has its rules. I fulfilled my tasks in full and they were satisfied of my job, of course. I’m not sad, because I felt scared at the very beginning. I thought I wasn’t good enough to handle such a big project, but I overcame my fear and I worked with passion: another goal achieved.

That said, I’m very proud of my 2014. I wish I could spend the forthcoming year improving my skills and shaping my professional path (and shaping myself accordingly).

Here’s my list of New Year’s Resolutions : 

▷ To trust my gut and be more confident;

▷ To finish reading all the books I bought as Christmas gifts. They are written by my colleagues, so I do need to save time to finish them and write a little review;

▷ To improve my writing skills;

▷ To enhance my brand by completing the website and marketing more;

▷ To write a good business plan (with a little help from my friends/colleagues);

▷ To attend the courses I already scheduled;

▷ To attend a translation conference or even a single event for translators;

▷ To find new clients by promoting my professional services, applying the “secrets” I’ve been learning so far;

▷ To save time regularly to help my friends, followers and colleagues, being available for suggestions and chatting;

▷  To put myself first, because I need to focus on what I want to become and achieve. I won’t let anyone steal my progress to realise their plans. I pictured my professional future in my mind, I’m working hard to make it real. I won’t give up!;

▷  To stop worrying about tiny, silly things like a missed call or answer. Everything has its time. I need to take mine!;

▷ To keep on training both my mind and body. I love to work out: it helps me concentrate and release stress staying healthy.

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Destination Future
 Image credit: http://www.iavvocato.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/The-future-net-exit.jpg

These are my resolutions.
The projection of what lies in my head and I would like to accomplish in 2015.

What about you?
What do you think about your future? 

Have you already written down your list?
How do you see yourselves in the next 12 months?

Drop me a line if you want, we could share some thoughts about it! 😉

 Wishing you a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and a lively start to the New Year!

 

See you in 2015!

 

xx

 ~Chiara

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• 30th September 2014 • International Translation Day

• Giornata Mondiale della Traduzione • 

Nel 2012, Alessandra Martelli scriveva così nel suo post celebrativo di questo giorno speciale: “I traduttori sono in mezzo a voi: vi facciamo compagnia quando leggete l’ultimo romanzo di Kathy Reichs sull’autobus, vi spieghiamo come utilizzare il frullatore nuovo, ci assicuriamo che possiate comprendere i rischi legati all’assunzione di un farmaco, traduciamo attentamente termini e condizioni d’uso dei servizi internet che usate ogni giorno (sì, anche le clausole scritte piccole piccole!), vi siamo accanto sul divano quando vedete lo spot di un’automobile tedesca in TV … […] Siamo in mezzo a voi. Pensateci, almeno ogni tanto”.

Perciò…
▷ Grazie a tutti i traduttori che svolgono ogni giorno un mestiere difficile, silenzioso ed a volte solitario.
▷ Grazie a tutti i linguisti e funamboli della parola; piccoli e grandi acrobati che camminano su quel filo sottile che separa le culture, cercando di non inciampare sulle sfumature di ogni lingua.
▷ Grazie per la dedizione, l’impegno e la voglia di comunicare con cui ogni giorno si affrontano dure giornate di lavoro o di studio.

▷Grazie a noi, eredi di San Girolamo.◃
Non vi deluderemo.

• Happy International Translation Day! • 30th September 2014 •
• Happy International Translation Day! • 30th September 2014 • 国际翻译日快乐!

• International Translation Day •

In 2012, in the post she wrote to celebrate this special day for translators, Alessandra Martelli stated, “Translators are all around you. We keep you company while you are reading the last novel by Kathy Reichs travelling on the bus, we explain you how to use your new blender, we make sure you understand risks associated with medication, we carefully translate usage terms and conditions of the Internet services you use every day (yes, even those clauses that are in very small print!), we sit next to you on the sofa when you are watching a German car spot advertising on TV  … […] We are among you. Think about us, once in a while.”

So,

▷ Thank you to all of the translators who perform a very hard, silent and (sometimes) lone job.
▷ Thank you to all of the linguists and funambulists performing with words. You are young and mature acrobats who perform the tightrope walking on the thin line between cultures, trying not to trip on the nuances of every language.
▷ Thank you for being so devoted, for your wholehearted commitment and the longing for communication, which are the strenghts that make you successfully deal with though working days and studies. Every day.

▷ Thanks to US, translators and heirs of Saint Jerome.◃
We won’t disappoint you. I promise.

//

Chiuso per ferie • Gone on holiday/vacation • Estoy de vacaciones

Perfino il traduttore stacanovista ha bisogno di una piccola vacanza di tanto in tanto. Deve rimettere in ordine la confusione degli ultimi incarichi e riprendersi dopo aver ordinato tutti i file e catalogato le basi terminologiche ed i glossari. È tutto pronto! Fatture ed email inviate e telefonate agli ultimi clienti distratti fatte.

Anche il corpo ha bisogno del suo riposo, perciò questo è il momento di distendere la mente e lasciare che ogni muscolo si goda il meritato relax. 

Io sarò in viaggio per qualche giorno. Pubblicherò qualche foto e cercherò di utilizzare i social media per condividere qualche ricordo. 😉 Potete seguirmi su twitter o su facebook!

Nel frattempo auguro buon lavoro a chi sarà impegnato anche nelle prossime settimane e buone ferie a chi le farà in questi giorni come me o ne sta già godendo i benefici. 🙂

A presto.

 

~Chiara

 

Chiuso per ferie • Gone on holiday/vacation • Estoy de vacaciones
Chiuso per ferie • Gone on holiday/vacation • Estoy de vacaciones