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    MedComms Networking - 01 March 2022


    Yesterday I travelled to and from my first in-person business appointment in about 2 years. The sort of trip I didn't think twice about not so long ago. I enjoyed myself, I confess. But, frankly, when I returned I couldn't help dwelling on how it had been several hours of travel time to achieve one specific, fairly brief, purpose. I'd viewed the venue for the in-person careers event that I'm now planning. I'd talked online with their representatives and been given the virtual tour, but really needed to go and see the place. To stand and imagine what might happen. To find out how easy it is to find. I'd also invited someone to join me who I thought would help me think sensibly about it. That in itself was the chance for a valuable chat over drinks that it's difficult to find opportunity for now. I had my devices with me. I can do a lot on the move if I need to. But it felt like an awful lot of "wasted" time. Lots of just waiting around. And lots of "proper" work to catch up on when I arrived back at my desk, which kept me occupied late into the night.

    We're not going back to any sort of old 'normal', are we? I - and I'm sure many others - are simply going to be much more choosey about why and when and how often we put on our smarter clothes and go travelling. That has implications for everyone.

    I'll always argue that online activity is great, but sometimes in-person is critical and I think that applies to the careers meetings. I can't reproduce the chemistry or the buzz online. But I'm still keen to hear your thoughts. Are you keen to get back together for such an event? Lots of enthusiastic industry folks and lots of keen entry-level job-seekers mixing it up with panel sessions and workshops. An absolute focus on discussion and networking opportunities, not on PowerPoint presentations that we can simply provide online. What do you think?

    It could be fun. But I'm already getting anxious about practicalities. How many seats are needed? How much catering? How many people will turn up? How much will it cost? Will I find my smart clothes again?

    Meanwhile the weekly #MedComms webinars are relatively easy! And I can involve all sort of folks I couldn't get together in a room anywhere, any time.

    Last week I was joined by representatives from AMICULUM's regional teams from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Asia to provide an overview of key developments in the healthcare industry in the regions and how these feed into medical communications needs/agency support. Watch the video on

    Tomorrow I'll be joined by James West, Director, Pharma Services M&A at Lincoln International who published an Opinion article in November 2021, arguing that 2021 will be known as the year MedComms M&A Went Into Overdrive. And we'll be joined by two senior veterans of the industry, Charlie Buckwell (Chief Medical Communications Officer, IPG Health) and Gail Flockhart (Group President at Fishawack Health) for what should be a lively discussion about the state of the market. Please join us

    And next week I'll be joined by Braydon McCormick (CEO and Co-Founder of Intempio) and Mark Handforth (Managing Director of 3Sixty Event Consulting) for a wide-ranging, and hopefully provocative, discussion about collecting and using data from meetings of any sort. Please join us.

    Remember, there's lots more coming.

    Stay safe, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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