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    MedComms Networking - 14 August 2018


    Happy August. I'd like to say I feel rested after taking a breather from this newsletter for a couple of weeks. But no. School's out for the Summer here, so I'm even more stressed than usual. Bless 'em!

    Whilst "resting" I played a little with the platform that I use for virtual meetings with the Freelance subscribers to our MedComms Workbook service. I ran an impromptu test of their webinar solution, inviting wannabes to join a short online presentation and discussion. It was very quick and simple but enough to show it could work. So, I'm talking with the Sponsors of about providing some more, less impromptu, sessions. They'll complement our established real-world events, allowing wannabes who can't get to those to benefit, and allow us to tackle more specific topics. Anyway, we're playing with ideas so let me know your thoughts about more possibilities. Watch this space and do please help spread the word about our next Open Careers Event on 13 September in Manchester, which is filling up nicely.

    I was also struck by various articles and discussions following the recent announcement that Huntsworth were cutting ties with 5 percent of their accounts to end 'abusive' client relationships. The theme was also explored earlier last month by John Larson in his article, Sorry you're Mad - There's the Door in which he argues, that "rather than expend energy to appease dissatisfied customers, it may be smarter to cut them loose". As, I suspect, we all now head back towards our annual business planning period for next year and beyond, maybe we should take a moment to reflect; are we brave enough to say goodbye to those who perhaps we should leave behind? Or is there at least some remedial action needed?

    A well-worn soapbox of mine with the freelancers is that they think about themselves not just as writers, or account managers or whatever, but as small business owners. They need to invest effort in business planning and management. The next of our unique freelancers' workshops on 26 September in Oxford is perfectly timed to discuss such matters.

    Meanwhile are you reading this week about how artificial intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some leading experts? AI is clearly going to disrupt everything, and many would argue healthcare delivery needs disruption. It's worth watching this video recording from the Babylon AI Event June 27 2018. You might be interested in attending a Healthchat meeting in London on 10 September when Ali Parsa, the founder of Babylon, is talking with Roy Lilley. I'll be there, so let me know if you will too.

    Finally. some suggested reading for your next coffee break:

    From The MAP Newsletter: Encore vs. Original Presentations: Black, White, and Shades of Gray

    From The Scholarly Kitchen: Revisiting: Six Years of Predatory Publishing

    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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