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Simultaneous Interpreting Services – Live and Virtual

Clarity and understanding – Skilled interpreting services are proof of your commitment to your customers and your brand. Simultaneous (or “conference”) interpreters deliver accurate, impartial interpretation to larger groups while bridging language and cultural gaps, generating an exceptional experience for every participant.

Simultaneous interpreting

Eliminate language barriers

Connect with your audience

Promote inclusivity

Interpreters eliminate language barriers to invite open, spontaneous communication.

Imagine a United Nations conference: speakers from various countries take the stage and for each one, simultaneous (or “conference”) interpreters relay the message to each audience member in real-time, via headset, in one of the six official languages of the UN. Unlike consecutive interpreting, where the interpreter listens, memorizes, and takes notes, relaying the message when the speaker pauses, simultaneous interpreting means the speaker does not pause for the interpreter. Used mainly for group presentations (like those at the UN), meetings, conferences, conventions, webinars, and events, there is extreme pressure on simultaneous interpreters because they must deliver an accurate message as quickly as it can be formulated, while comprehending the ongoing dialogue. Whether your event is in-person or online, performance standards generally call for two interpreters per language to mitigate fatigue.

With your big event on the horizon, how do you find a dependable, high-quality interpreting service that will meet your budget and timeline requirements? What should you look for – and what questions should you ask – to find a reliable interpreter, or several interpreters for multiple languages, that you can trust to relay your message accurately?

Look for a full-service language services provider you can call a partner, one that maintains a group of interpreters with staying power. High retention rates point to lasting client relationships, ongoing training and development opportunities, and an established, organized process for every occasion. Talk to us at Rapport International, an agency with proven experience, to save time, avoid missteps, and honor your audience.

We walk you through the requirements and handle the details to make your event a success.

Specialized equipment requirements for in-person events depend on the event layout and venue; an experienced interpreting agency like Rapport International can predict and avoid potential issues. For example, in a large conference room the interpreter may sit in a soundproof booth, watching the speaker and conveying the interpretation into a microphone, which the audience hears via headphones. In a smaller venue without room for a booth, the interpreter may sit in another room and watch the speaker on video.

For virtual meetings and events, requirements are often as simple as standard office equipment and a virtual meeting platform like Zoom.

Our simultaneous interpreters have supported myriad types of gatherings, for organizations large and small, and our project managers work with you to determine what tools and arrangements will work best for your event.

Experienced simultaneous interpreters for your events.

For multilingual meetings and events like training sessions, conferences, and global presentations we match you with industry-experienced interpreters that have been vetted through our hiring and certification process, and we maintain interpreter-client relationships for regular or repeat events. Our team can accommodate logistically complex events, both in-person and online, and has experience presenting confidential, sensitive, or industry-specific topics. We pay attention to the details to avoid day-of event issues and concerns, so you can pay attention to your participants.


What are the types of interpreting?

There are two basic types of interpreting: simultaneous, where an interpreter listens and interprets at the same time, and consecutive, when an interpreter listens and waits for a pause before delivering the message in another language. Similarly, there are three basic modes of interpreting services – in-person, telephonic, and virtual. Learn about using interpreting services here.

How much do simultaneous interpreting services cost?

Interpreter costs vary based on type and time of day, plus variables such as lead time, duration, and even subject matter. Unlike consecutive interpreters, who work through the duration of a meeting or event, simultaneous interpreters often work in pairs to accommodate fatigue and rest time. Live interpreting services are charged on an hourly basis plus any necessary travel expenses, with minimum time requirements. Learn more about Interpreter Pricing here.

Do I have to provide the equipment?

For in-person events specialized equipment is rented from the language services agency providing the service. Basic equipment requirements include booths, consoles, headsets, and receivers.

For virtual meetings you would provide a meeting ID login and password using your virtual meeting platform. We will work with you to determine which platform will work for your event. We generally recommend Zoom because it provides built-in, user-friendly interpreting functionality.

How do I find a good interpreter?

Look for an agency that offers a full range of interpreting services and matches you with an interpreter experienced in your industry. Credentialing differs according to need – for example, state courts require written and oral exams for court interpreters – and a high-quality agency will be transparent about its interpreters’ training and skills. Look specifically for interpreters trained in active listening and memory skills, cultural competence, objectivity, and ethics. Learn more about Interpreter skill sets here.

How do I schedule an interpreter for my event?

Here at Rapport International you have several options for scheduling an interpreter: phone, email, or client portal. Our schedulers are available to take your requests and assign the best interpreter for your needs 24/7. Reach out today.

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Everything You Need to Know

Dive into the world of interpreting services with our comprehensive guide. Find detailed descriptions of the various types of interpretation – consecutive, simultaneous, video remote, and telephone – and the best practices for working with each type of interpreter.

Download the guide today to gain a deeper understanding of the vital role interpreters play in breaking down language barriers to foster connections with your patients, clients, and customers.

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Clear communication improves outcomes.

Precise and impartial interpreter services prove your commitment to your customers, your workforce, and your business. Interpreters foster genuine cross-cultural connections, resulting in more successful and mutually beneficial patient, student, and employee relations, smoother business dealings, and collaborative problem-solving.

Interpreting services promote trust – get your free quote today.

Our Simultaneous Interpreting Clients

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What Our Clients Say About Us

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I can’t say enough good things about the staff, agency and interpreters.  You are all awesome to work with! Thank you!! 

- Receptionist, Instinct Pet Foods


I had the opportunity of working with Rapport International with one of my clients. I was very, very pleased with their professionalism but also with the way that they worked and interacted with the staff members within this organization.

Their services are par excellence, I highly recommend them. 

- Founder, C Thomas & Associates

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The team at Rapport International is tough to beat. They are kind, professional, and experts in translation and interpretation. If you are looking for a reliable, ethical, and honest partner to help you navigate all of the complexity involved with written translation, spoken interpretation and multilingual communication services use Rapport International.

Highly Recommend.

- Hypha HubSpot Development


Rapport was so easy to work with, quick to respond, and quick to answer any questions I had along the way.

I'm grateful for their collaboration & services!

- Senior Program Manager, The LEAH Project, HRIA

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Rapport International has been incredibly supportive and responsive and have always provided what we are looking for. I have yet to see any issues or hear any negative feedback from our presentations.

Rapport is helping us communicate effectively with our diverse and multilingual community, and I look forward to working with them in the future!

- Language Access Coordinator, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Proven process

Our Process

Our proven process matches you with interpreters experienced in your industry. We nurture these relationships over time to retain voice and style preferences, while creating cost efficiencies.
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Costs & turnaround

Working with Rapport International gives you the benefit of clear, transparent pricing and an established scheduling process.

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