Consecutive interpreting is so named because it involves “consecutive” turn-taking between the parties and the interpreter. This modality offers several advantages and is the standard for most interpreted interactions.
The primary advantage is clarity. Since only one party speaks at a time, all parties can more easily remain on the same page. Consecutive interpreting also facilitates encounters that require equal input from both sides of a language barrier.
Consecutive interpreting does not typically require any special equipment, other than a pen, notebook, good memory, and general cultural awareness. The principle is relatively simple: the speaker talks as the interpreter listens, takes notes and then reproduces the speech in the target language.
Note some examples of encounters in which the consecutive mode would be used: Depositions/EUOs, IMEs, Mediations