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MedComms Networking - 10 March 2020
These are interesting times. And it's happening fast. Good luck, everyone, dealing with the disruption. Some big events are being cancelled after months, maybe years, of planning. Some companies are making new arrangements to sustain/rescue some pretty big projects, pretty darn fast. Some freelancers have woken up to find a week's work sorting out speaker slides, has simply been cancelled and that means no paid work this week. Some congresses are being rearranged until later in the year, but when and how and who pays the bills? Where exactly is all that money sitting in the system?
Some events are going virtual - my timelines on social media and LinkedIn have filled up rapidly with vendors offering last minute solutions.
What's been noticeable to me is how some people and organisations are almost taking it in their agile strides. Others seem to wonder how anything works if they can't all gather at the office to make something happen in a meeting room. What happens if someone can't access their work emails from outside the physical office? Some organisations are now finding out.
Technology will probably never provide a perfect substitute for face-to-face engagement, at least for many of us. On the other hand, video conferencing can be very, very close. I use Zoom (other solutions are available!) now as much as possible for one-to-ones, small group meetings, larger webinar type activities. I've run a morning's workshop entirely online. It can work fine. The consequent gains from not travelling, can be huge.
Of course, the networking, the opportunities for side discussions, the accidental encounters, are all benefits of attending meetings in person. But not always.
My question remains, will we see a fundamental shift to virtual event activity as more folks realise the technology allows so much, so easily, so inexpensively?
Here's an article posted today by Cathryn Berry that might at least provide a starting point for discussion amongst your teams. Can web meetings replace face-to-face: advisory boards? Cathryn's advice? "It doesn't need to be an overwhelming experience – like many things in life, the preparation is key to success."
So, if you've some time on your hands, our weekly #MedComms webinars continue. Tomorrow Katie Johnson and Eleanor Thomas will update us on the Allegro programme for aspiring Medical Writers. It's taken the total number of people who've started their medical writing careers with Ashfield to more than 100 since its launch in January 2018. Everyone's welcome, from wherever you are at the time.
Next week Eleanor Steele, talks about everything you ever wanted to know about training medical writers but were afraid to ask...
Meanwhile, yesterday, John Dixon added three more Writing Bites to his growing collection of top tips...
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Enjoy! And stay healthy.
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