First Time at the Language Show Live? Some Tips for You!

Anastasia Giago... 0
InGreek translations at the Language Show Live, Olympia, London

Hello everyone! Did you miss me? Well, I missed you and I am super happy to come back with this post with that London scent all over!

As you probably know, last month I flew to London for the Language Show that took place at the Olympia Conference Centre on 17-19 October, 2014. This was the first time I had attended one of the biggest and most exciting exhibitions in the UK for linguists and I admit that it was an amazing experience! To be honest, it was also a bit scary, but at the end of the day I managed to survive and had a blast!

Language Festival, New rules

For you that haven't visited this festival yet, you need to know that the Language Show is definitely not a Conference, so totally new rules apply. If you are planning to attend such an event you can forget all about CVs, business cards and/or the famous "elevator speech". This language festival brings together language enthusiasts from all over the world in order to celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity and – in my opinion - to see how multilingualism influences our workplace and global economy. At the venue you will find exhibitors from different industry sectors like publishing houses, travel agencies, translation companies, embassies and more. You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, seminars, language taster classes and for the more language-passionate ones, there are several open panel discussions that take place during the 3 days of the festival. This exhibition has so much to offer, but if you are not well prepared and organized, at the end of the day you will definitely be exhausted and drained out. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my notes that may be of help in order to plan your next journey to the language festival more effectively.

Tip No. 1: Plan, Plan, Plan

If you want to get the most out of what the Language Show has to offer, you certainly need good planning. I headed to the Language Show Live along with my best friend and language-passionate companion, Antonia, the co-owner of the school for foreign languages, L.two. She is an absolute organizing freak, like myself, so we were both ready to conquer Britain's best language exhibition; at least, that's what we thought! We made a time-table according to the festival's full programme (it is available on the show's official website or you can find it in the printed full guide) and we noted all the seminars that we were interested in; we even divided the time-table by categories (linguists, professionals, etc.). We also wrote some alternative seminars we wanted to attend in case there was some extra time. That was a good one! We did not take into consideration the high number of exhibitors that were located on the 2nd floor of the Conference Centre. We ended up going back and forth like crazy trying to keep up with everything! So, day 1 was crowned with exhaustion, a little bit of hunger, but still, full of satisfaction with what we had gained from this fair. The next two days were totally different due to