Korean Business Interpreting
Communication is About More than Language
Do you have an important meeting scheduled in Seoul but your Korean counterpart doesn’t speak English well – or at all? Are you giving a marketing presentation to a group of potential clients and worry that you won’t make the sale if you can’t communicate properly?
Perhaps communication issues with your Korean vendor/buyer are mixed in with cultural confusion and misunderstandings that have built up steadily and you’re afraid that the situation could deteriorate quickly if you say or do the wrong things.
Interpreting is all about facilitating communication and any competent interpreter can simply pass messages along. However, a business interpreter from Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. does more.
Business Interpreting is Advocacy and Coaching, Too
Our interpreting team does not take a neutral position in the matters that concern you. They don’t sit disinterested at your side while your Korean counterparts and audience ramble among themselves in Korean or get lost in the cloud of cultural differences. Our position is that if you’re paying for an interpreter, your interpreter should work for you and your interests. To the extent that you want more than language assistance, our team member can also function as your partner and you can rely on them to “have your back”.
Your Korean interpreter from Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. will help you to communicate and understand the subtleties and nuances – and the various power dynamics and the interaction of hierarchical levels – which drive business. For instance, your interpreter might provide tips for recommended actions within certain situations, as well as cultural cues for meal times and gift-giving etiquette.
The Business Interpretation Process
- Consultation Before the Meeting
We can meet with you in advance to prepare negotiating and/or presentation plans, answer questions you have about business etiquette and clarify titles and roles in your group in order to present a proper introduction of everyone and discuss any other matters of concern to you. This prep-session normally takes place on the day of the meeting in Korea.
- Interpretation During the Meeting and Beyond
While we interpret for you and make sure that communications between you and your Korean counterparts flow smoothly, we will also listen for valuable (and often unintended) non-spoken messages from the Korean side that you should know about. We will let you know the precise relationships of the people within the Korean group and make sure that you are aware of important matters going on in the meeting. We will also give you tips to avoid causing offense and suggest ways to create goodwill.If the meeting stretches on to a social event at a restaurant or other public location, we will let you know what is in the food, make sure you are not put in uncomfortable positions, and help you participate in the conversation and make a great impression with your hosts.
- Report and Advice After the Meeting
We can sit down with you to review the content of the meeting, share our impressions and insights regarding the results and suggest follow-up measures that will be most effective for you. This review session normally takes place immediately after the event when the content of discussions and situations is still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Korean or American Business Interpreter – Your Choice
We have the right Korean team members in Korea to help you achieve successful communications in your business meetings. But if you would feel more comfortable working through an American interpreter/consultant, our president, Steven S. Bammel, is sometimes available for business interpreting assignments in Korea, too. He has participated in countless business meetings there and knows the matters of most concern to non-Koreans – and also has the language expertise to communicate and provide unique insights into business situations for you. Let us know if you would prefer his services.