Course details
Date Please contact us for the next available date
Cost £95
Venue Heriot-Watt University


This is a hands-on workshop for interpreters looking to adjust their professional and business practices for changing markets. Based on empirical research and real-life experience, it offers interpreters the tools they need to succeed and grow, whatever happens around them.


Suddenly, things don’t seem as stable as they used to be for interpreting. The imposition of national contracts has led to a reduction in revenue in some sections of the industry, while political instability and technological changes are threatening others. In this challenging environment, interpreters need to quickly discover ways to adjust their business and professional practices to not only survive but thrive.

Based on empirical research and real-life experience, the Successful Interpreter Workshop deals with the key personal skills, attitudes and behaviours interpreters need to have in order to attract clients, grow consistently, and stay mentally and physically healthy.  Instead of simply feeding interpreters information this workshop aims to give interpreters the tools they need to make their own decisions and take charge of their future.

Based around the key ideas of the book, Being a Successful Interpreter: Adding Value and Delivering Excellence, it is a practical, interactive workshop that guides interpreters through the process of shaping their career, from understanding their own aims and goal and matching them with those of clients through to growing deliberately and strategically and building support teams.


  • Interpreters who have had some experience but who want a boost in their career.
  • Brand new interpreters looking for guidance on what to do next.
  • Experienced interpreters whose careers have been affected by recent changes in contracts and market demand.


  • Setting the foundations: your career, your business, your life
  • Understanding clients
  • Growing Strategically Through CPD
  • Building support groups

Key Takeaways

  • For interpreters to succeed, we need to consistently add value to our clients.
  • To keep on succeeding, we need to be strategic with our time, money and development.
  • To be strategic with our time, money and development, we need to build and maintain support groups.

Workshop Leader

Jonathan Downie is a French-English and English-French conference interpreter as well as a researcher, writer, and speaker on interpreting and translation. His doctoral thesis at Heriot-Watt University focussed on expectations of interpreters in church settings, which started him on the idea of using research to help interpreters. He regularly writes on the connections between research and practice in translation and interpreting for the ITI Bulletin and VKD Kurier. His first book: Being a Successful Interpreter: Adding Value and Delivering Excellence will be published by Routledge in May 2016. It serves as the accompanying textbook for this workshop.


For all workshop content related enquiries please contact the Workshop Organiser, Professor Jonathan Downie:

For all other enquiries please contact the CPD Team: