Monthly Archives: April 2017


This article was originally written for the ATA’s Interpreters Division newsletter, The Interpreters Voice, in 2004, following the ATA 45th Annual Conference, in Toronto, Canada. ATA 45th Annual Conference takes us through history and into the future – By Gio Lester I was lucky this year that I could attend two of the pre-conference seminars. One of them, pertinent to our Division, was Daniel Giglio’s Basic Note-Taking Techniques for Practicing Interpreters. Our colleague Georganne Weller-Almeida had led a workshop on […]

Interpreting Now and Then:


This article was first published in The NAJIT Observer in December 2016. By Gio Lester ©2016 It was the early 1990’s. I was called to interpret at a deposition and I explained to the agency representative on the phone that I had never done a deposition before. “It is like an interview. You know how to take notes, right? It is that easy.” That was it. So, to confirm what I was told, I called a friend who had more […]

Lasting Lessons from my First Deposition