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    MedComms Networking - 21 May 2019


    The weekly MedComms webinars are working well, I think. I'd welcome more feedback. We had another good crowd attend last week. Peter Joshua, CEO of Thecosystems and of MMRG, talked about data democratisation, asked whether "just Googling it" is ever a realistic answer, reviewed different methodologies and reflected on whether influence can ever be assessed from secondary data. Really quite insightful. If you missed the live event, or even if you didn't, everyone everywhere can watch the video now. Gather the team around. Stream the video and discuss how it might impact your work. Just an idea.

    Tomorrow, four experienced MedComms freelancers are answering questions about Life as a MedComms Freelancer. Have you thought about freelancing? Does the freedom sound attractive? No commute. Sitting in your pyjamas with the cat/dog beside you, while you charge lots by the hour? None of those interminable company meetings. What's not to like? Or is it lonely and isolating? Do you spend more time chasing payments than doing the work? What happens when the computer crashes and there's no IT colleague to help? Or you fall ill?

    Then next week Jan Seal-Roberts from Adis is talking about Plain-language summaries: what are they, and why should we consider including these in our publications? Everyone's welcome.

    Meanwhile, please help spread the word about our next Open MedComms Careers Event on 20 June in London. The final line up of 15 MedComms agencies includes agencies that have never participated before! That's at least 50 MedComms specialists happy to chat with any wannabes who'd like to join us. The more the merrier.

    By the way, I'm always keen to receive contributions to that help wannabes understand the business. Today Emma Perry, Senior Account Executive at Publicis Resolute, has contributed an acrostic, spelling out her enthusiasm for medical communications in My first medcomms job. Neatly done.

    I admit I'm intrigued by the ongoing experiment at healthcare communications agency Synergy Vision, and the accompanying national media coverage. Last weekend, Jill Daws appeared on BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme. The recording is here - fast forward to 17 minutes. Jill says the experiment is going well though not without some challenges. Maybe we'll get a webinar out of this later in the year...

    Finally some quick news items.

    Details about this year's Geoff Hall Scholarships have been announced by EMWA for wannabes and new writers

    ISMPP announced the Japanese translation of GPP3 - I wonder if GPP4 will be better planned from the point of view of rapid translations?

    And this caught my eye on pharmaphorum - Boosting the reach of your publications and data, is actually about producing headline videos, mostly by machine. Move over, those robots are coming fast!

    Remember, the 2nd annual Healthcare Communications Global Workforce Insight Survey closes at the weekend. Please take 5 minutes and join in. I'll be nagging you all week, otherwise!

    I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday at our sold-out Storytelling event in Richmond, hosted by AMICULUM.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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