Tools for Interpreters
During the Encounter
This is where you are ‘on stage,’ experiencing the situation in the first person. During an interpreting encounter, we interpret in the first person and therefore often experience each participant’s situation in our own reality. Thus, it is not uncommon that we may experience a strong emotion, which in our own reality feels very intense.
You mentally take a step back. Now instead of being ‘on stage’, you are watching yourself as if you are ‘in the audience.’ In the interpreting encounter, you now see the situation from the perspective of each of the other participants, understanding each of their frames for the situation and your relation to them.
Now instead of ‘watching yourself from the audience’, you are observing from the last row, looking at the audience and the stage like a ‘fly on the wall’. Think of yourself as a researcher of the interpreted encounter: now you analyze the situation from outside the encounter. Taking this perspective will allow you to distance yourself from the encounter emotionally, remain objective, and learn from it.