• Barry S. Olsen at TEDx Monterey
  • Katharine Allen speaking at MCS in DC

Finding the Right Speaker for Your Event

Whether you are planning a conference, meeting, or training event, finding the right speaker is essential. The success of your event will ultimately come down to the quality of the presenters and how well they connect with your audience.


Barry and Katharine, are not just speakers, but event organizers as well. They know both sides of the event coin. When they are booked to speak, they take very seriously the responsibility for providing a dynamic, relevant, and thought-provoking presentation, one tailor-made for your audience that will support your entire event.


We thank you for considering us for your event. It is an honor.


Interested in other kinds of services? Please see our Consulting page for other ways we can support you in your projects.


Barry and Katharine frequently speak and train on a wide variety of topics related to the language services enterprise, particularly interpreting. These are the most frequently requested topics we address, though we are happy to cover new topics if they fall within our expertise. Our presentations can be 1-hour keynotes, ½-day trainings, conference workshops or a full-blown short-course training.


[fa icon="laptop"] Technology and Language Services -- Many agree that we are currently going through a once-in-a-millennium transformation in communication, culture, and work. Technology (particularly communications and social media) is influencing every aspect of our lives, especially language services. Barry and Katharine can address current trends, future implications, and the nuts and bolts of how to adapt to this shifting landscape, whether addressing individual interpreters, language service companies, or large organizations and end users of language services.


[fa icon="pencil-square-o"] Interpreter Education and Training -- Ours is a growth profession. Demand is high and the need for producing qualified and well-trained professional interpreters has never been more acute. Whether for conference or community, remote or onsite, a 2-day workshop or Masters level course, Barry and Katharine can present on trends, strategies, resources, and successful approaches to achieve your training and education goals. They can also provide interpreter skills training and train-the-trainer workshops.


[fa icon="level-up"] Raising the Profile of Interpreting -- Interpreting is an indispensable service for 21st-century communication and business. Even so, educating the general public and end users about what we do is still a daunting challenge. We provide concrete resources, statistics and information about our profession to help people connect the dots between their communication needs and professional interpreting services to help them achieve their objectives in today’s multilingual society.


[fa icon="bar-chart-o"] Legislation, Unionization and Accreditation -- Interpreting is a young field professionalizing quickly. An increasing array of local, state and national laws, regulations and requirements govern our field. Interpreters are unionizing in many areas, and successfully creating and implementing certification and accreditation processes. So whether you need information on national medical interpreter certification, new laws affecting Workers Compensation, language access issues in legal and healthcare settings, or how conference interpreting structures its international wage and work condition agreements, we can help.


Don’t see what you need? Contact Us and we’ll work with you to individually to find the right solution for your speaking needs.




When We Speak At Your Event


Here's what you can expect when Barry and Katharine speak at your event:

  1. Most importantly, a professional and well-prepared presentation targeting your audience and event’s needs.
  2. Timely and professional communication.
  3. Phone or video consultations to discuss your event and customize our presentation to fit your audience.
  4. If desired, an announcement on our website and social media posts about our participation in your event.
  5. Digital copies of resources targeted to your audience, including a copy of our Powerpoint presentation, handouts, and links to key resources.
  6. Follow-up communication to address any remaining needs.

Katharine brings energy and passion when speaking to an audience. Her many years of experience working as an interpreter, trainer, professional association leader and consultant in community, healthcare and legal settings has given her both a deep and broad perspective on the who, what, where, and how interpreters work in real life. She speaks to the challenges they face, the deep commitment with which they serve their clients, and the significant skill needed to lift this side of interpreting into the limelight it so deserves. Katharine’s collaboration with Barry on all things technological have given her a unique platform as to how the individual practitioner is colliding with meta-shifts in culture, communication and work. She is enthusiastic and warm when speaking, whether in a large venue or small. Katharine works closely to craft her presentation to your specific needs.



Barry has a signature speaking style that is both authoritative and approachable. An expert on how technology is reshaping multilingual communication, as well as an accomplished conference interpreter and professor of interpreting and translation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, he is a master of taking a simple metaphor and crafting an illuminating and mind-opening talk around it. Barry is well known for the gravitas and weight he brings to any subject, always leavened by humor and humility. Equally at home on the stage in front of a large crowd, or seated around the table helping to bring the next generation of interpreters into the field, Barry will bring his singular attention and knowledge-base to meet your speaking needs.

Watch "More than Words" from TEDx Monterey to see him in action: