Language is in everything...
...and that's why it's often misunderstood, overlooked or forgotten.
My name is Barry Slaughter Olsen, and I am on a mission to change the way people think about language. Think of me as your go-to language industry expert. I've been on the front lines of international communication for more than 30 years. I've helped everyone from popes to presidents communicate in other languages. I've consulted for movies and media to help them get the language parts right. I've helped design and implement cutting-edge language technology. And I've explained the intricacies of how diplomats conduct business in multiple languages to millions of people around the world. Check out my full bio to learn more.
Helping people understand the nuances of cross-language communication is something I have been called on to do frequently. Here are a few media appearances where I was asked to do just that. See more of my work by going to the Media section.
“As the official consultant on the Zoom Language Interpretation feature, Barry was instrumental in assisting with building the feature and worked closely with the Zoom product team."
Oded Gal, Chief Product Officer, Zoom
My expertise resides at the intersection of multilingual communication, international business and diplomacy, and the technologies that are revolutionizing how the world communicates. My services reflect this unique combination of experience.
Communication technology wasn't originally built for conversations or meetings in more than one language. I was instrumental in changing that. The tech I helped design equipped international organizations and businesses across the globe to keep doing business during the pandemic, and I became a co-author of two patents along the way. Let's talk about what I can do for you.
I've spoken to audiences from Boston to Silicon Valley, from Toronto to Buenos Aires, and from Brussels to Hong Kong about the beauty of language, the complexity of communication, and the opportunities that emerge when language and technology meet. Let me bring my unique perspective on language to your next event.
Are you working on a conference, video, article, story, ad campaign or other project that needs to get important aspects of language and communication right? I've helped write and produce videos that have reached millions, raised funding for a documentary on interpreters during the Afghan war, and have conceived, planned and executed wildly successful conferences, you guessed it, about languages and communication. Let's collaborate!
Conference interpreting was the profession that first allowed me to express my love for languages and communication. Throughout my career, I've interpreted for world leaders at forums like the G20, World Economic Forum, and the United Nations. If you need an experienced English<>Spanish interpreter, I still put on my headphones to be a linguistic bridge for people with important things to say.