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2019 Global Communications Conference review


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It’s hard to believe that a mere month ago it was shirt-sleeve weather as a diverse group of professional communicators descended on Madison for the 2019 Global Communications Conference. Okay, maybe it drizzled a little at the end of the day, but it was certainly nicer than Madison has to offer today.

The Geo Group began hosting the Global Communications Conference in 2011; GCC 2019 was the 6th to take place and we look forward to continuing this now-biennial event.

We created the GCC to offer clients a free and informative day-long event where they can share ideas and benchmark best practices when incorporating translation into their workflow. It’s also a great chance to network with colleagues across fields and disciplines. Sometimes in this world of algorithms, tariffs and data, it’s nice to be reminded that it’s actual “people” who come together to get the work done.

Invited speakers share their expertise and special guests host round-table talks where people can break out and focus on specialized topics; because, hey, sometimes it’s helpful to get advice from other professionals face to face. You might learn something that saves you time and money down the road when that big project rolls out.

This year, we had demonstrations of live interpreting and over-the-phone live interpreting, which really shed light on the level of brain power that goes into such an activity. A/V department manager Jon Lindley spoke to the issue of why we ask so many darned questions before a project goes live (answer: to cut down on mistakes down the road).

The panel discussion “Ask the Translator” was quite a hit. Four of our favorite translators and voice-over talents took questions from the audience and shared some of their stories from decades of experience. There was a lot of laughter, and it really served as a reminder that translation is a nuanced, complex and human endeavor.

For those of you who attended GCC 2019, we thank you for your input and overwhelmingly positive reviews. And for those who missed it, we hope to see you in 2021. Perhaps keep in mind that we close the day with a serve yourself ice-cream buffet. Stay warm out there.

Matty Schindler


A panorama photo capturing the crowd gathered for the 2019 Global Communications Conference hosted by Madison WI translation agency The Geo Group Corp

A panorama photo capturing some of those gathered for the 2019 Global Communications Conference hosted by Madison WI translation agency The Geo Group Corp.


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