A story by Keenan Gaynor
As an audio engineer, I love a solid Plan A, and have learned over time the importance of backing myself up with an equally solid Plan B (and if my instincts are telling me to develop a Plan C, I’ll do that, too).
In my role as Account Manager at Conference Rental’s facilities in New York, N.Y., I oversee all aspects of language interpretation events from project planning to delivery. The range of events we do is broad, from moderately sized corporate meetings involving anywhere from 50 to 150 participants, to high-level talks at international congresses, with hundreds of political leaders in attendance. Depending on the scope of the event––and the number of languages being spoken––my job is to provide simultaneous interpreters with the technical systems and support required in order for them to be able to do their job. It’s a great gig, and recently, I thought it would be fun to catalog an average day in the life of a conference technician, which requires a lot of preparation, some resourcefulness, and a good deal of diplomacy.