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You know how it happens ... you think they've told you most of what you'll need to know to do your best possible work while being comfortable, safe, and all that; but, what happens?  You show up and somewhere between three minutes and three hours later the thought, "Darn.  I wish someone had told me to expect that" pops into your head.  Yup.  Happens to everyone at some time or another.  

This page of TerpTopics is an attempt to list (and maybe even organize) some of the information that may be helpful to know before you accept or arrive at an assignment.

WE WELCOME YOUR SUGGESTIONS

Let us know what we've missed.  With your permission, we are delighted to credit your tip to you!


What? Do? Why? When? Where? Who? How? What Else?
backdrop

(portable)
bring it in case you can't avoid backlight or distracting background every assignment in the car you buy it glare impedes communication and causes mild to intense discomfort
candy 
  or mints
  or nuts
bring them a little energy boost every assignment carry in your terp bag, then position within quick & easy reach. you buy them avoid candy with loud wrappers; park a mint between your cheek and teeth (don't chomp or crunch); no gum chewing
cell
 phone
bring it emergency contact every assignment in your pocket or clip to belt (where you can feel it or unobtrusively check it) you buy it no sound (vibrate only); however sometimes vibrate disturbs so use best judgment
chair

(portable)
bring it in case you need it every assignment leave in your car until you need it you buy it you will not believe how many times you will be glad to have it
credentials bring them as proof of your skill, knowledge, ability, commitment, profession-
alism
everyday in your wallet and/or portfolio you earn it state/local credentials; NAD-RID; EIPA; CEUs; higher education
fan

(personal size; battery operated)
put fresh batteries in it and bring it terping is physical work so some of us need a little fan every assignment carry in your terp bag you buy it table-top models are recommended; sadly, clip-on models serve only when there's something on which to clip them
flashlight bring one the lights might go out every assignment carry in your terp bag you buy it penlights: easy to tote
larger: better light source
license

(if applicable)
bring it identifies you as a licensed practitioner everyday in your wallet you satisfy licensing qualifi-
cations in your state
not all U.S. states or political subdivisions require licensing so check locally
medication bring it in case you need it every assignment in your terp bag you buy it headaches happen, so do back, carpal, even tooth aches; don't go begging for aspirin (too tacky)
pager

(cell phones often double as pagers)
bring it emergency contact every assignment in your pocket or clip to belt you buy it no sound (vibrate only); however sometimes vibrate disturbs so use best judgment
pencil
 &
paper
bring them notes to self; notes to team terp; notes to other every assignment carry in your terp bag, then position within quick & easy reach. you buy them little pencil that does not make clicking noise; tiny pad of paper that does not make clip or snap noise.
protein
 bars
bring it unexpected  meal time delays (happens all the time) every assignment in your terp bag you buy them consume discreetly, during a break in the action
RID 
Code of Professional Conduct
know it; support it; use it you respect  consumers, your profession, your colleagues, and yourself. everyday in your head, heart, ears, hands, and mouth you learn them; internalize them the CPC will guide you and save you and your consumers; you can count on that
RID member lapel pin
wear it with pride demonstrate professional commitment to CPC and pride every assignment on your collar or shoulder area you buy several at RID.org small and low-key (non-distracting)
smock bring it  in case you're called upon without notice everyday in the car you buy it keep a light- weight terp smock in the car for unplanned jobs
stool

(portable)
bring it in case you need it every assignment leave in your car until you need it you buy it you will not believe how many times you will be glad to have it
sweater bring it in case you need it every assignment in your terp bag or just have in the car you buy it make it appropriate; no stripes or glaring colors
text messaging device

(cell phones often provide messaging)
bring it essential information every assignment in your pocket or clip to belt you buy it no sound (vibrate only); however sometimes vibrate disturbs so use best judgment
water bring bottle or thermos, but limit your intake (you know why) you will need it
(trust us)
every assignment carry in your terp bag, then position within quick & easy reach. you buy it pre-open the container to avoid crackles or pops during assignment.

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TerpTopics™ is an independent entity; as such does not claim or attempt to claim, represent, or imply by any means whatsoever that it is associated with any other entity that may or may not offer services, goods, or information of interest to interpreter, Deaf, or student communities.  The opinions expressed here those of TerpTopics unless otherwise stated.  Please keep in mind that, while every effort is made to present correct, appropriate, and reasonable information that is based on our experience, anecdotal experiences of others, or developed during the general course of study and professional development, we do not represent TerpTopics as having cornered the market on wisdom (heck, no!) or experience; one reason why links to several other good and reliable resources are made available throughout this site, and we hope that earnest seekers of knowledge will take advantage of them.

 

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"Ultimate Slacker" Travel Seat 3-legged

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Portable Back Drop

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Five-inch Battery or Electric Fan

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"Nite-Writer" Pen Has Lighted Tip

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Stylus LED flashlight comes with HOLSTER!

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RID Membership Lapel Pin (Have several on-hand.)
RID.org

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