The Alchemist's Lair
Thoughts on writing, language, life as a freelancer,
and what comes to mind.
and what comes to mind.
Last weekend I attended the ProZ.com International Conference in Porto. I would have loved to write about this earlier this week, but the minute I got back home I already had a few challenging projects waiting for me and barely had time to unpack before going back to full speed mode.
Paula, Maria and Rafaela - the conference organizers and our lovely hosts - did a great job. The conference program was bursting with interesting sessions, and they made sure we also had enough time to mingle with fellow translators. They got us a nice venue for the conference, organized a funny photo tour to show us the landmarks of Porto, selected a stunning location for the gala dinner, introduced us to Portuguese cuisine and wines, and looked after the happiness of over 190 attendees. I guess their life is a lot quieter now the conference is over!
On the professional side, I really enjoyed some of the session. Just to name a few, João Roque Dias talked us through the many challenges of technical manuals translation and the key role of terminology consistency; Henry Jansen investigated the role of creativity in translation and provided attendees with some great insights on the topic; Daniela Zambrini presented a business model canvas freelancers can use to get an effective overview of their business.
On the personal side, it was great to catch up with old friends as well as meet new, interesting people. It's funny to realize that sometimes the impressions you get from interactions on forums and professional platforms can be completely different when you meet colleagues in person. Also, it is great to see that even the shy ones can easily get in the loop and build solid relationships with fellow colleagues from all over the planet.
As a matter of fact, conferences are a great way to share opinions and discussions with people coming from the most varied courses of life - and some of the colleagues who attended the conference in Porto came a long way to be there. From Russia to Brazil all the way up to Denmark and Saudi Arabia, each attendee brought a spark of their personality and professional background to spice up social events and sessions.
As a final note, I would also love to thank colleagues who joined me for the Copywriting for web projects session on Sunday afternoon. I really enjoyed having you there, the ideas many of you shared during the collective brainstorming exercises, and the follow-up chatting.
Thank you everyone for making this happen. Let's meet again soon!