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    MedComms Networking - 27 March 2018


    It was interesting, last week, to run our regular biannual meeting with MedComms freelancers (many very experienced, some very new or about to start).

    I think it's crucial that freelancers recognise they're running small businesses. They're not just a writer, account manager, events manager or Zinc specialist, or whatever. They're the IT department, the Accounts department, the Sales and Marketing department, the Training department, and more besides. And businesses require investment of time and money to succeed. That must surely include time spent learning from others and meeting prospective clients and collaborators, and importantly in my opinion, the opportunity to think outside individual boxes. How else does anyone develop themselves and their businesses?

    So, if attending meetings is a good thing, what about those who stay at home?

    These days everyone, not just freelancers, are always busy. Travel is often painful and best avoided unless necessary. But isn't developing your business, however large or small, through education and networking, a necessity?

    To try to help those freelancers who subscribe to our MedComms Workbook service, but can't easily get to our events, I've been playing with Zoom meetings to run weekly video-based virtual coffee mornings. It works remarkably well.

    I should note; I'm simply a customer. I've no stake in Zoom. I'm sure there are other similar services. I just haven't found anything that works quite so well, so easily and so inexpensively! What interests me mostly, though, are the opportunities that such technology demonstrates for working smarter, more than the specific platform itself. And how such easily accessible technology offers real advantages for groups of remote workers. If we aren't at a tipping point yet then we're close, and the potential benefits are significant.

    One Workbook subscriber and regular attendee of the Zoom meetings, Lindsey Heer, has this to say:

    "Ideas and stories are so much better when shared. I enjoy listening and chatting to people from all over the world, who are taking on different MedComms roles and facing similar challenges and decisions to me. The Zoom meetings make us feel connected and when you're working remotely, that makes a big difference to your day. And the technology? If I can use it, anyone can!"

    Now we've proven the value, we've inviting clients and others to join us and chat informally about MedComms and the challenges we all face conducting our various businesses together. It's proving remarkably useful for everyone so, if you'd like to join us one week, please let me know.

    A pause for reflection, though.

    Last week when we met in Oxford, I tried an experiment. I simply turned the laptop around and broadcast the discussions, all day, via Zoom to those Workbook subscribers who couldn't attend in person. It cost me nothing and, apparently, was more than adequate. But what if everyone stays at home? It really wouldn't be the same.

    Have a great week but do take time to get out and about. Here's what we're up to in the coming weeks.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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