Consecutive interpretation is used when a meeting has a few attendees or the meeting room is not ideal to set up a simultaneous interpretation system. The consecutive interpreter takes notes while the speaker is speaking and interprets what was said after the speaker has spoken a few sentences. Consequently, the speech is transmitted section by section.
A good consecutive interpreter should have competent note-taking skills, strong memory and good public speaking skills. Therefore, consecutive interpretation is one of the most technical forms of conference interpreting. Consecutive interpreting is used frequently in corporate or in-house meetings or bilateral diplomatic meetings. Meetings where confidentiality is a concern usually take place with consecutive interpreting.
In addition, international arbitration courts usually hear witnesses in hearings through consecutive interpretation. Enterkon’s interpreters have a proven track record of offering consecutive interpretation services in countless international arbitration cases.