CIOL Members' Day & AGM 2017

CIOL's Members' Day and AGM 2017 took place on Saturday 25 March. Around 130 members and guests attended for a fascinating selection of seminars and workshops, and networking over a buffet lunch. We were pleased to welcome Sally Fagan of Business Language Champions to deliver an inspiring Threlford Lecture on leadership in languages, in which she made the case for anyone who was in a position to encourage and motivate others as to the importance of learning languages to take every opportunity to do so.

The Year Ahead

The lecture was preceded by a look at the year ahead for CIOL, given by Chair of Council Karen Stokes. An audio recording is available below:

Members also took in the headline findings of the recent CIOL member survey in this PDF icon infographic.

Threlford Memorial Lecture

Linguists are becoming a rare breed in the UK. What does this mean for us as a nation? Keeping pace with the changes in our world today will require leadership in languages. What does this look like and what can we all do as individuals? Listen to the full lecture and access the slides below:

Leadership, Languages and Life - Our challenges for the future
Sally Fagan HonFCIL

A version of the talk will also appear in a forthcoming issue of The Linguist journal.

After the lecture, Ann Carlisle, CIOL Chief Executive, presented Sally Fagan with an Honorary Fellowship of CIOL.


Presentation slides for all the Members' Day seminars and workshops are available below.

Making Choices - Translating Literary Prose
Dr Karen Seago

Breathing for Performance - Stress Management for Interpreters and other Linguists
Gabriela Bocanete MCIL

Professionalism - The Importance of being Chartered, the Value of CPD
Lucinda Brooks FCIL CL and Jane Galbraith, CIOL Head of Membership

Marketing for Linguists
Part 1 - Your Brand
Part 2 - Using Social Media

Alba Sort MCIL
For further tips on using LinkedIn, download Alba Sort's free LinkedIn for Linguists booklet.

What members said

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring, lots of food for thought"
  • "Interesting topics; an inspiring lecture"
  • "My first Members' Day - very enjoyable, I learned a lot"
  • "Interesting session on Chartership - it looks more accessible now"
  • "Great atmosphere - inspirational people"
  • Full review from Karine Chevalier-Watts