PDD 2021 Day #2

From 25 September 2021 13:00 until 25 September 2021 17:15

IMPORTANT: If you have already registered for Day #1 of the 2021 PDD, you don't need to register separately for Day 2. Only register for Day 2 if you have missed the Day 1 event on 18 September and you haven't registered yet.


2021 Professional Development Days

Day 1: Saturday 18 September 2021, from 10:00 to 15:00
Day 2:
Saturday 25 September 2021, from 13:00 to 17:15

With all-day networking available in the online networking platform Wonder.

Come join us for our Professional Development Days, the biennial event in which SENSE members learn from (and with) other members. This year's programme is all about horizontal knowledge-sharing and learning from your peers throughout your career.

Topics include digital nomadism, the linguistics of wine, branding to money management, balancing multiple niches, collaborative translation, intercultural communication, the SENSE mentoring programme, and battling imposter’s syndrome.

We open with a plenary session called "Peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing" on day 1 and close with a plenary session called "CPD: Changing professional development" on day 2.  Choose up to nine out of 18 possible elective sessions that match your interests. And if none of the sessions interest you at any time, head on over a virtual watercooler to network with other members while you wait.

There are three panel discussions:

  • Intercultural business communication (Day 1, morning)
  • The SENSE mentoring programme (Day 1, afternoon)
  • Strategies to combat imposter's syndrome (Day 2, afternoon)

Six electives are available on both days:

  • How the language industry has changed over the past 20 (or so) years
  • The freedom of freelancing – deciding on a digital nomad journey
  • Spanish wine and translation: what could they possibly have in common?
  • How to be a specialised generalist
  • Money management: does your "boss" treat you well?
  • What gives you energy? And how do you earn a living doing that?

And nine other electives to choose from:

  • Recognising and working with inductive/deductive communication styles
  • How to increase your visibility and market your services
  • Working as collaborative translators in arts and culture
  • Maintaining language pairs
  • Personal branding: Lessons learnt through trial and (t)error
  • An ergonomic workspace: keep fit while you work
  • An editing slam
  • Keep track to keep up: organizing your workflow

Of course, we haven’t forgotten about the social aspect. An unmoderated Wonder room will be available throughout the two days to allow for networking and mingling with old colleagues and new faces on the SENSE scene.  At the end of each day, we’ll have a moderated networking session.

Sign up

Tickets cost €25 for SENSE members and €40 for non-members. The ticket price is the same if you attend only Day 2.

You can sign up by clicking on the Register button. Members, remember to log in!

Are you not a SENSE member? Consider joining! You can find more information about joining SENSE here.


PDD Day 2: Saturday 25 September 13:00–17:15

13:00–13:10 Welcome and announcements
13:10–13:40 Positive strategies to combat imposter's syndrome
John Linnegar, Naomi Gilchrist, Betsy Hedberg
(panel discussion, part 1)
An ergonomic workspace: keep fit while you work
Jenny Zonneveld
Prompt! Investing in creativity...
Lizzie Kean and Carola Janssen
13:40–13:50 Break
13:50–14:20 Positive strategies to combat imposter's syndrome
(panel discussion, part 2)
Money management: why you should pay yourself a salary
Martina Abagnale
The freedom of freelancing: deciding on a digital nomad journey
Maaike Leenders
14:20–14:30 Break
14:30–15:00 Spanish wine and translation: What could they possibly have in common?
Rebecca Reddin
Networking on Wonder

De Back to Basics: Customer Service for Language Professionals
Christy de Back
15:00–15:40 Tea break & networking
15:40–16:10 Recognising and working with inductive/deductive communication styles
Nandini Bedi
How the language industry has changed over the past 20 (or so) years
John Linnegar
Language skills in global times (maintaining language pairs)
Ellen Singer
16:10–16:20 Break
16:20–16:50 CPD: Changing professional development
with Lloyd Bingham
16:50–17:00 Closure, thanks, and announcements
17:15–19:00 Virtual borrel and networking