Last updated on April 11th, 2023 at 10:18 am
Virtual meetings aren’t going anywhere. The ease and convenience of virtual meetings, mainly through Zoom, means this type of engagement is here to stay.
Virtual meetings are now an essential piece of business whether you work from home or the office, as they allow you to connect with people across the country, across the world, and language barriers. But not all virtual meeting hosting platforms are made the same. So, it is critical to know the features of the platform you use to adapt its usage.
While there are multiple platforms for hosting and streaming live meetings, Zoom is one platform that supports various language rooms and the ability to have a multilingual meeting or webinar.
Zoom allows you to create Zoom rooms, breaking your main audio from your interpretations. You can host multiple interpreters at one time as well.
Even if your team or company only speaks one or the same language around all your locations, having interpretation in Zoom creates a more inclusive environment. Language interpretation can be as simple as providing a sign language interpreter for people who are hard of hearing in your community.
Zoom also makes it easy to streamline the process of using interpreters in a live meeting. First, you’ll need a Zoom Pro account.
If captions services are enabled during the Zoom session, your attendees will have translated captions available. It is essential to let the attendees know that automated captions are available in multiple languages. Each attendee will need to turn in captions, which is not possible for the host of the meeting. It is excellent practice to provide written instructions translated into each language and inform the attendees of the options available and how to access them.
At the end of the Zoom meeting, you can save the audio and reuse it. If your Zoom account saves meeting audio to the Cloud, the recording will keep both the original audio and any translated channels.
Virtual meetings were used before 2020 and the global shutdown, but today they are a staple of doing business. And why not? The ability to meet with a team remotely, from anywhere in the world, and with anyone worldwide is a significant benefit of technology.
You don’t need a global audience to need interpretation services. Even if your business only works in one country, you may still need interpretation services, depending on the makeup of your team and location. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the US, and in Canada, meetings and materials must be available in English and Canadian French. 13% of the population in the US is deaf or hard of hearing, and offering American Sign Language interpretation is a best practice for many publicly facing organizations.
Once you know that you need language interpretation services for your Zoom meeting, having the appropriate professional interpreter fluent in your target language who can simultaneously interpret, listen, process, and deliver the information as the meeting runs. But just because an interpreter can do this does not mean they’re familiar with Zoom interpretation. Working with remote settings adds another layer of expertise that’s needed. Be sure to select an interpretation company with trained interpreters for Zoom Translations.
Working with a professional language interpretation company means you can rest assured your interpreter is fluent in your target language, capable of simultaneous interpretation, and has experience working with the Zoom platform. The service provider will know about the type of Zoom accounts and the features available.
Zoom interpreters can also work for in-person meetings with small attendance. The interpreter can call into the Zoom session and interpret live for the people on-site at the meeting. This option is more cost-effective than an on-site interpreter. Also, Zoom Interpretation is a good alternative for rare languages whose interpreters are challenging to find.
A few ways to narrow down your search for professional interpreters are:
JR Language offers language interpretation and simultaneous interpretation for Zoom meetings and webinars in multiple languages. Our professional interpreters provide language assistance in more than 100 languages and ASL. Hosting Zoom meetings with interpreters may seem complicated, but working with the right Zoom translation service company makes it smooth. The professionalism and experience of the interpretation company selected will make it easy to get started.
Ready to test a multilingual Zoom session? At JR Language Translation Services, we go the extra mile to exceed your expectations in multilingual communications at affordable prices with workable turnaround times. Contact us for a quote today— we’d love to hear from you.