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    MedComms Networking - 14 November 2017


    We've now posted this month's third free #MedComms Webcast for you at and it features Jo Merriman, from Concise, outlining the key things organisers need to consider when planning an event. Jo starts by stressing the need to know who is in the audience and neatly describes participants as being spectators, participants, VIPs, or spies who come with an agenda. The challenge with spectators is to get them involved, while that with spies is to create an event that connects with them emotionally. Participants learn best through action. VIPs need an experience that makes them feel their time has been well spent.

    [View the full webcast; 'Making your healthcare and pharmaceutical events a success']

    Meanwhile I want to step up several gears, now, and move faster to develop more resources at for wannabe medcomms specialists. Nothing can replace the value of meeting face-to-face but we'll continue to build the basic online information service to provide more insights for everyone, everywhere, into working life in medcomms - please give me a shout at any time if you'd like to contribute. In particular, I want to hear from more account management types, please. All ideas and feedback welcomed. If anyone is willing to be interviewed over the phone let me know and I'll happily produce more Audiobooms. If you're producing your own materials for wannabes such as videos, blogs and so on then do let me know and I can link to them or embed them. There's so much more we could do together.

    As I say, though, it's the face-to-face activities that really make the difference and that gets people into jobs. I heard at the weekend from someone who's just started with an agency that she met first at one of our larger Open events and then again at our smaller intensive Meet the Agencies Day in May. She wrote to say...

    "I've just finished my first week and loved it!"

    Another great result! (By the way, I really do appreciate getting these messages. They make it all worthwhile.)

    We'll start the new year with our next Open careers event in Oxford on 11 January - we're already at 50 registrations and climbing - and we've more events to follow. So if you know anyone who's looking for a job in MedComms do encourage them to sign up for our alert and they'll know as soon as we know what's arranged.

    I'm also keen to pass on messages about your own local initiatives, open days, assessment days, internships and so on. Last week Ashfield Healthcare Communications announced the launch of their new Academy programme, Allegro, which certainly sounds like a significant programme for new UK-based medical writers. Apparently, they're planning on "up to 80 recruits per year..."

    Have a good week, everyone. Don't forget we're in Cambridge on 28 November for another small Lunch and Learn event, Measuring success with event tech analytics. Please join us if you can and help spread the word to all relevant others.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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