The Wonderful World of Webinars: Training without Traveling
As translation and localization companies continue looking for ways to save money and cut costs in this uncertain economy, GALA has seen its webinar series become increasingly popular. These online meetings provide an efficient and cost effective way to gather groups of language technology and services professionals to have a discussion, watch a presentation or view a localization tool demonstration. An international trade association of language companies with members in over 40 countries, GALA hosts webinars as a way to offer localization training and tools demos on topics of interest for our members.
Launched in early 2008, the GALA Webinar Series gives attendees the opportunity to connect with localization and translation tools, technology, ideas and discussions in a sales-free environment right from their desktops. Sessions include demonstrations of industry tools as well as presentations by industry experts. Over 400 people participated in the 2008 webinar series and 94 percent of members who responded to a recent survey indicated their satisfaction with the program.
GALA webinars are open to all GALA members and are free for members and their clients to attend. Non-members are also welcome to attend for a small participation fee.
The 2009 GALA Webinar Series is already off to a great start. Over 100 people from 24 countries have joined us for trainings on PR and marketing, the Across Language Server, QuickTerm, website localization and the SDL LSP Partner Program. Registration numbers continue to increase for an upcoming May webinar on localization vendor management, and new webinars on globalization testing and open source/XML will soon be announced. Recordings of all webinars are available on the GALA website for members to download. Visit http://www.gala-global.org/GALA-event-2009_gala_webinar_series-144.html to view the 2009 GALA webinar calendar.
Do you or your colleagues have an interesting topic you’d like to speak to the GALA members about? We are still accepting proposals for the 2009 series. Expert webinars are hosted by GALA free-of-charge. Tools demos require a small sponsorship fee. GALA handles all registration, logistics and technical details. Please contact me at [email protected] if you are interested in proposing a webinar.