It is true that I have spent a delightful professional weekend in Athens at IAPTI’s Conference on 20& 21 September, immersed in on&off topic translation issues, business advice and networking possibilities.
I have to confess it was a first for me, in many ways. It was the first time I ever attended an international translation conference, it was the first time I was among so many colleagues since my university years, it was the first weekend I have spend in the last 10 years that was strictly translation-related and it was the first time in 10 years that I have left my husband and daughters for a business trip! So, a lot of “firsts” there!
Now, what I did before going:
- Packed my small black suitcase (no “little black dress” included!)
- Made a note to not forget my fresh-out-of the digital oven business cards with my -new logo
- Picked a book to keep my company during the bus trip
- Explained to my girls that this was a business (and not a holiday) trip (now quite sure they believed me)
- Kissed my husband goodbye and promised to behave
- And, last but not least, turned-on my business, professional, alas friendly mood on!
What I did at the Conference:
- Met old and new friends
- Made new business acquaitances
- Saw my facebook translation forums come to life (the Leagues, the TTNS etc…)
- Heard some of my favorite bloggers speak live (Kevin Lossner, Valeria Aliperta, Marta M Stelmaszak, Rose Newell and so forth)
- Eavesdropped some very interesting translation gossips (but I never kiss and tell!)
- And, last but not least, won one of the big prizes of the event, a Memoq licence (please, keep-away the green-eyed monster of jealously)
What I did after:
- I set my mind thinking and planning, while preparing my little black suitcase for the ride home
- Packed the new civil-law dictionary I had discovered on my bookstore raid on Friday
- Bought some gifts for my little girls to make my absence worth-while
- Finished my book on the bus home
- And started taking notes for this (and other) blog post.
So, all in all, this is the before, during and after.
As for what I have learned, liked and thought about the Conference… well, that’s a whole new post!
Please, stay tuned!