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    MedComms Networking - 02 October 2018


    Today, let's hear it for the MedComms freelancers. Particularly the subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service! Some of you drive me nuts, I'll be honest, but I'll always defend your right to do just that. Working for yourself is a challenge. You choose to run your own business and you choose how to. It's personal. That's the point. But it's important to think hard, sometimes, about how to work smarter. And you can't do that alone. The most common concern from freelancers, is about the risk of isolation. We all need quiet time, some of us more than others. And it can be extremely productive. But working on your own can be lonely. Last week we ran another of our workshops, Making a success of freelancing in MedComms. Steve Doyle of Linking Business talked about making effective use of Linkedin. Angie Wiles and Lisa Harper of The Difference Collective led a discussion about 'working differently'. I suspect, though, for many attendees much of the value simply came from chatting together about their experiences and daily challenges.

    But it's tough, potentially, losing a day's earnings to travel to a meeting. I know.

    Yesterday I ran another virtual Zoom meeting specifically for the subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service. We were joined by Matt Tyson and Nina Lasota of the WORKR Group, talking about running a freelance business, managing accounts, dealing with taxes and more. So, a great opportunity to think about some very practical issues.

    Interestingly, perhaps, we had the same number of attendees at both events.

    But at yesterday's virtual event we had participants from Singapore, France and Sweden as well as from the UK. We could all still do a full day's work around it. And there was more or less no cost for anyone.

    I'm stating the obvious, but there's so much potential for virtual eventing to transform the way we work and it still seems to me we're all just playing at it. Virtual meetings are still often approached as something different. Something clever. Perhaps something expensive. Most of us are still a long way from simply integrating them in the way we work.

    If we're all now working differently then we need to play much more with these technologies and change more mindsets. I'm happy to make mistakes if I learn from them. Are you?

    This Thursday, 4 October, we've another Virtual MedComms Networking event, supported by Blue Sky eLearn; Medical communications for emerging versus established markets. Once again, we'll be encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. We've 161 registrations so far. Join us, from wherever in the world you are. Everyone welcome. Please help spread the word. Get some cake in and gather your team together and join in as a group. We'll try not to make too many mistakes!

    Enjoy your week. Remember, details of our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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