As a translation services professional, communication skills will be essential to your success. In fact, if one of your priorities is to stand out from your competitors, improving your communication skills may turn out to be one of the most important steps you can take. As, Jamie Sutherland, a HR manager who is also working as a certified translator says, hiring managers often complain about the poor communication skills of the potential employees they interview – especially of recent college graduates who have no experience in a professional business environment. Considering you have learned at college how to write, listen and speak well, if you are also able to communicate effectively depending on the specific business situation, you’ll have a major advantage and you will be a step ahead of your competitors throughout your professional translator career.

Communication is the process of conveying information through an exchange of messages between a sender, an encoder, and a receiver – a decoder. This can be done by speech, visuals, writing, signals or behavior.  Effective communication occurs, when the receiver has completely understood the message of the sender, i.e. when he or she gets the exact information or idea that the sender has intended to convey. Effective communication benefits both the sender and the receiver and helps businesses in many ways. Some of these benefits are:

  • Better decision making based on more complete and reliable information;
  • Better time management – the faster problem solving takes up less time that can be used for creating solutions;
  • Identifying potential problems at an earlier stage;
  • Stronger professional images and closer business relationships;
  • Higher employee engagement and lower employee turnover;
  • Better financial results, and other.

As translators with The Marketing Analysts Translation Service in Houston explain, effective communication reinforces the connection between a business and all of its stakeholders, those people, groups or organizations that are affected or can be affected by the actions of the business as a whole: customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, creditors, investors, the community, and the government. On the other hand, bad communication breaks down trust, and the consequences can range from waste of time and efforts to failure. So, speaking of communication we always have to bear in mind, that it is a powerful “weapon” that can help you succeed at every stage of your career.


Here are a few final recommendations that were provided by language translation workers to help you get the most out of your presentation.

Be Concise

Say what you came to say; then summarize and close- politely and on time. As one Spanish translator in Houston explained, don’t punctuate your speech with clever digressions that pop into your head. Unless a specific anecdote was part of your original plan to clarify a point or increase interest, avoid digressions. Remember that each of us often finds what we have to say more interesting than our listeners do.


Before ending, take a moment to summarize the major points and to reemphasize anything of special importance.

Leave Time for Questions and Answers

As you begin, inform your audience that a question-and-answer period will follow. Announce a specific time limit (such as ten minutes) to avoid public debates. Then you can end the session gracefully without making anyone feel cut off or excluded from the discussion. A French translator in Washington D.C. suggests that if you can’t answer a question, say so, and move to the next question. End the session by saying “We have time for one more question,” or some similar limiting signal.

Plan and Practice

Planning and practice make oral reports effective. As in writing, control is central. On a basic level, just filling a page with words can be called writing. Similarly, the mere utterance of intelligible sounds can be called speaking. The effective speaker, however, communicates with confidence, sophistication, and purpose. As with all skills, practice- and more practice- makes perfect. Therefore, instead of avoiding public speaking opportunities, seek them out.