It is vital that I understand your background and history in relation to the Deaf Community. This will include information about how and why you came to be an interpreter, your goals and values about what it means to be an interpreter, and your responsibilities to address challenges you face while working as an interpreter. Consultation can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. We will discuss some things in English and others in ASL. The purpose is for me to gain a sense of your fluency expressing yourself in both languages.
Also, we will discuss plans for watching a video of you interpreting (either into English or into ASL). I have available texts to use as stimuli if you need to record yourself. This is an important facet of learning about your interpreting process. When you watch yourself working, we will be able to talk about the decisions you made with non-judgmental inquiry and dialogue.
By submitting this form, you are agreeing to enter into an initial consultation with Michael Labadie-Mendes, CI & CT, NIC Master, where we will discuss the parameters of ongoing coaching sessions. The consultation is not free. Paying for this indicates to me that you are serious about discovering more about your interpreting process so you can excel at what you do. You are encouraged to commit to meet at least once after our initial intake to determine if my coaching style and our time together are a good fit for you.
Our coaching relationship will most likely be conducted from a distance using video technologies. FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and others are all options for our first meeting. It is important to know that I live in Hawaii (HST), which is five (or six) hours behind the East Coast (EST). If you are looking for an early morning session and you're in EST, I can refer you to another coach. Please choose the appropriate time zone for where you live. I want to be certain that we are on the same page regarding time zones. Our meeting times may vary due to Daylight Savings Time as well.
Enter your name, email address, and share several specific dates and times you might be able to meet. I will reply with my availability to meet during your requested days and times, and possibly with alternate suggestions. I will also send you access to login to the website and review information about my approach, my background training and experience, and details about payment.