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ProZ.com Newsletter: January 2011

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(1) "Translator T.O.", ProZ.com's new blog
(2) A translator's career path: what does it look like?
(3) Are you happy with your job?
(4) Featured article: Setting up a home office
(5) Are you making the most of your ProZ.com membership?
(6) ProZ.com's first Spanish virtual event, January 27
(7) Negotiation & communication skills Workshop, London, 2011
(8) Arab world regional conference, Cairo, May 2011
(9) Free webinar series begins January 31
(10) Free "Meeting clients at ProZ.com" webinar series
(11) International conference, Rome, May 2011
(12) Webinars and training for translators in February
(13) Upcoming powwows

(1) "Translator T.O.", ProZ.com's new blog

"Translator T.O." is a new blog written by the ProZ.com site team for ProZ.com members and others involved in the translation industry.

Different site team members and guest contributors will post on different topics, including ProZ.com site news and announcements, as well as translation industry issues, news and trends. You can subscribe to receive notification of new posts and comments via email or RSS feed, using the controls on the right side of the blog's page.


(2) A translator's career path: what does it look like?

"A translator's career path" is a new ProZ.com Wiki article which outlines the different steps and stages in a professional translator's career, beginning from the decision to get involved in translation.

Does this article reflect your own career path?


Looking for a leading translation memory tool? Discover the benefits of working with SDL Trados Studio 2009 and uncover innovative features such as AutoSuggest, QuickPlace and real-time QA checks! Buy or upgrade by 13th February 2011 and receive 20% off.

To learn more or to buy online visit our dedicated shop - http://www.sdl.com/Proz_NL

(3) Are you happy with your job? Translators weigh in

A recent quick poll asked, "Are you happy with your job?"

See what translators are saying about their job satisfaction and vote!


(4) Featured article: Setting up a home office

"Using a home office" is a ProZ.com Wiki article discussing the use, advantages and disadvantages of, and how to set up a home office. What advice would you give to other freelancers on setting up a home office?

Please read, and contribute to improving this article!


‘I'm enjoying every minute I've spent with my new best friend memoQ!’
Ana Carolina da Silva - Freelance translator
To learn more about memoQ, visit http://www.kilgray.com

‘Everyone here at GlobalDenmark would like to really give our greatest thanks to you for your outstanding and awesome service yesterday! You guys are the greatest.’
Anette Jakobsen- GlobalDenmark
To learn more about memoQ, visit http://www.kilgray.com


(5) Are you making the most of your ProZ.com membership?

ProZ.com members are the reason ProZ.com is possible. If you are already a member, whether new or long-standing, make sure you know all of the benefits available to you. And make sure you are using the tools and opportunities which are best-suited to you and your business:


Please also consider attending the free webinar series on "Meeting clients at ProZ.com" for a hands-on workshop on getting the most out of the site (read on in this newsletter for details).

(6) ProZ.com's first Spanish virtual event, January 27

ProZ.com's first Spanish virtual event was held on January 27th.

Thanks to all of the attendees who came together to participate in the sessions and focus groups! Stay tuned for more events of this kind throughout the year.


(7) Negotiation & communication skills workshop, London, March 2011

A full one-day workshop on communication and negotiation skills is scheduled to take place in London, UK, on March 12th, 2011.

The trainers are Konstantin Kisin -- http://www.proz.com/profile/82508 -- and Dawn Flockhart, owner and Head Trainer at BrainTrainAcademy.


Also available: a special sneak preview virtual event with Konstantin Kisin on February 3 2011


(8) Regional arab world conference in Cairo, May 2011

TranZ-Arabia I: The first ProZ.com Translation Festival in the Arab World will take place in Cairo, EGY on May 24-25, 2011.

The call for speakers is currently open for this event.


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Free trial to Translation Workspace. The future of translation productivity is here with Translation Workspace from Lionbridge Technologies. Now you can easily manage your TM assets, reduce your costs, collaborate with colleagues and promote your services. Try it now – free for 30 days!

(9) Free webinar series begins January 31

ProZ.com's next free webinar series begins January 31 with webinars from:

- SDL Trados
- memoQ 4.5
- Alchemy CATALYST 9.0
- XTM Cloud
- Translation Workspace
- Kaleidoscope
- AIT/TO3000


(10) Free "Meeting clients at ProZ.com" webinar series

"Meeting clients at ProZ.com" is a series of free webinars which cover strategies to help you get the most out of your ProZ.com experience. Each webinar includes a hands-on workshop session where staff provide guidance in improving your profile and getting more out of ProZ.com.

"Meeting clients at ProZ.com" webinar schedule for February:

Feb 01 (Spanish): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4351
Feb 04 (English): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4363
Feb 08 (Russian): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4357
Feb 11 (English): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4366
Feb 15 (Spanish): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4354
Feb 18 (English): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4369
Feb 22 (Russian): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4360
Feb 25 (English): http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/4372

Special Offer! Alchemy PUBLISHER 3.0: Freelance edition only €249 for the month of January!
Alchemy Publisher 3.0 supports over 100 different content-rich document formats including PDF and PowerPoint.
Deliver higher-quality translations, reduce your costs and speed up your projects! This is a time-limited offer.

(11) International conference in Rome, May 2011

The 2011 ProZ.com international conference will take place in Rome, Italy on May 20-23, 2011.

Program details will be announced shortly. Sign up now for the event mailing list.


Discover the benefits of SDL Trados Studio 2009 Professional: cut project preparation time via automation, work in an office (domain-based) network, work with an unlimited number of languages and reduce review time! Buy or upgrade by 13th February 2011 and receive 20% off.
To learn more & buy online visit our dedicated shop - http://www.sdl.com/Proz_PRO

(12) Webinars and training for translators in February

Upcoming webinars:

Jan 27 Boosting your productivity: tips and tools for translators
Jan 28 Translation quality: A friendly, practical and realistic perspective
Feb 3 European Translators: Adapt Your Marketing Materials to Target US-based Clients
Feb 4 Translation quality - Manage your clients' perception of quality
Feb 8 Introduction to Telephone Interpreting (Teleinterpreting)
Feb 9 Make Every Word Count - solve your word-count problems
Feb 10 Boost Your Productivity Now!
Feb 11 QA - How to turn in a spotless translation in Word 2003 & 2007
Feb 15 Traducción médica: abordaje terminológico para la iniciación del traductor especializado
Feb 16 Personal Branding 101: Build yourself an expert profile online to Find more jobs
Feb 17 Use international payment methods to your advantage, pay less in fees, and keep more money in your pocket!
Feb 18 Working directly with translators by implementing a translation management system (free)
Feb 23 Personal Branding 102: Have jobs find you by establishing a "top-selling expert" reputation
Feb 24 Improve your cross-cultural communication skills
Feb 25 Quote to Win: How to win projects on the freelance marketplace

New videos added this month:

Create a website for the freelance translation business
CAT tools and cloud computing
Free and inexpensive productivity tools - part 1
SEO 2 - Optimizing content of your pages

More than 60 videos available on demand:

Translator training packages:

Training packages give ProZ.com users the opportunity to purchase multiple related training courses in a bundle, at a significant savings over purchasing each course individually! Some training packages can also be purchased along with ProZ.com professional membership, at an even further discounted price.


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(13) Upcoming powwows: US, UK, Brazil, Belize, etc.

29: Reno, US (1 member) http://proz.com/powwow/3607
29: London, UK (68) http://proz.com/powwow/3560

3: Brasília, Brazil (3) http://proz.com/powwow/3587
4: San Ignacio, Belize (2) http://proz.com/powwow/3554
5: Bydgoszcz, Poland (1) http://proz.com/powwow/3604
7: Valencia, Spain (36) http://proz.com/powwow/3595
12: Cardiff, UK (2) http://proz.com/powwow/3605
12: Birmingham, UK (9) http://proz.com/powwow/3580
16: Utrecht, Netherlands (17) http://proz.com/powwow/3566
17: Edinburgh, UK (16) http://proz.com/powwow/3602

5: Barcelona, Spain (21) http://proz.com/powwow/3539
5: Nottingham, UK (15) http://proz.com/powwow/3581
5: Pretoria, South Africa (7) http://proz.com/powwow/3601
19: Kočani, Macedonia (FYROM) (12) http://proz.com/powwow/3356
24: Turin, Italy (21) http://proz.com/powwow/3515

Full list of powwows (including those after Jan: http://www.proz.com/?sp=event/powwow_board&r_id=463

Thank you for tuning in for January's newsletter. I hope you started 2011 off on the right foot. Happy translating!

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