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General Interest | Monday, May 11, 2015
Check out this great sign language music video performance of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. The video was a collaboration between the Digital Media, Audio and Cinema Program and the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College (LCC). The production was student driven and took around four class periods to complete.
The performer, Sam, just finished LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program this week and plans to take her state certification test soon to become a certified interpreter in Michigan.
Sam originally performed this song at LCC's SYNC event, which is a performance where the cast (LCC Sign Language students) work with the faculty to interpret popular songs using sign language. Doretta Fowler, the Director of SYNC, explained the show is called SYNC because “We synchronize two cultures, two languages, and we do it simultaneously.” After she performed Shake It Up live at SYNC, Sam was selected to turn her performance into a music video.
Sam had a lot of fun creating the music video. She said, “I was so surprised when I walked into the studio and saw all the cameras and the lights. I felt like I was a movie star!”
And just like Sam's 4-year-old niece (who chose the song), we think you will enjoy this great music video.
Interpreter Tips | Monday, May 4, 2015
Interpreting is 99% about being able to work with other people - having good soft skills and good people skills. These aren’t something that everyone is blessed with naturally. It is important to take time to work on and improve these skills.
When have you butted heads with a co-worker? What caused it? Notice I didn’t ask who was at fault or who was to blame. What really caused the conflict? A miscommunication? An age difference? A power difference? Assumptions? How did you resolve the issue? What are some successful strategies?
Here are 5 steps for resolving interpreter conflicts:
1. GET PERSPECTIVE
- Take time to cool off.
- First impressions matter and can affect how people work together.
- Often times negative interactions are a result of assumptions.
- Realize that the issue is coming from incongruent expectations.
- Try to see the situation from other viewpoints.
- Explain your point of view and give them the chance to do the same.
- Using the words “Help me understand…” shows that you value the other person and their opinion.
3. BE RESPECTFUL
- Strive for mutual understanding and respect.
- Show them respect.
- Don’t bring others into it.
- Talk privately.
- You can say anything - it all depends on how you say it.
- Don’t just focus on the problems, come up with solutions.
- The tried and true use of “I” statements really does work.
- Let them know, but don’t point fingers even if it was their mistake.
- If you’re wrong, apologize and try to make it right. (Even if you don't think you're wrong, you could say, "I'm sorry I hurt your feelings" or "I'm sorry you feel that way.")
5. MOVE ON
- Learn to let some things go.
- Move past it and don’t remain bitter.
- Live and learn. It is all part of growing professionally and personally.
Do you have other tips for resolving interpreter conflicts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.