Unlike translation, interpretation is much more difficult as you do not get any time to go and perform research through a dictionary or any other means to get your work done. This necessitates you to be much more proficient and be able to remember lot of things on the go. For easing down the work, many resort to notations to help them remember what they need to convey.
Here are some useful pointers in aiding you to develop an effective note taking system that will make your job much simpler and more adept:
1. Go through some useful books that are available on the subject in order to help you understand good methods for note taking. Some good books that are available on this subject include Jean-Francois Rozan’s Book Note taking in Consecutive Interpreting and Andrew Gillies’ Book Note taking for Consecutive Interpreting- A Short Course. 2. Develop your skills by constant practice. Use some videos of some speeches for conducting your practice sessions. 3. In interpretation, you need to concentrate on conveying the meaning and not the words. So, try to hone your skills in doing this. 4. While taking down notes, it is important not to put in too many details in one page as you should be able to understand what you need to convey by just a brief peep into the written material. 5. You can develop your own abbreviations, symbols or pictures for notations but use something that you can easily remember. Some information for this can also be found in the books that are available on this subject. 6. Take down important details such as numbers, names, etc that are the most difficult things to recollect from memory. 7. Linking the sentences together is also important. For this, your note taking should be able to help you get the right links between sentences to keep your interpretation flowing smooth and fluent. 8. Be sure to take down details such as the speaker quoting somebody else or the sequence in which the speaker lists out something.
Remember, constant training and practice is what makes you perfect. Strive to be better and developing personalized skills will make your job much easier and more enjoyable.