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MedComms Networking - 13 March 2018
First, many thanks to the speakers at last weeks' Brunch Club meeting. Once again we generated some great - free - webcasts for the NetworkPharma.tv collection. These are the new ones:
The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management: Lindsey Heer, an independent medcomms specialist, provides an overview of the medcomms business and of the role of account and project managers in ensuring project delivery on time and to budget. (16:25 minutes).
Account management skills: How to succeed in agency: Chris Bartley, Managing Director, Havas Life Medicom, explains how success in account management critically depends on understanding what clients want - not necessarily what they say they want. (09:01 minutes).
Account management skills: Creating the conditions for effective presentations: Communicating your ideas effectively is good for your company, your career and your enjoyment of what you do. Chris Bartley, Managing Director, Havas Life Medicom, offers some tips. (09.12 minutes).
Continuing professional development (CPD) for UK healthcare professionals: Julie Van Onselen, Director at Dermatology Education Partnership Ltd, outlines the place and nature of CPD for healthcare professionals in the UK (12:25 minutes).
We run Brunch Club meetings pretty much every month now, with great speakers every time. We always welcome a small audience - and I buy you lunch - so join us if you can. The webcasts are great if you can't get here, but you'll always get so much more from meeting the speakers in person. The details are kept bang up-to-date at MedCommsNetworking.com. Oh, and I'm always looking for more volunteers to speak. We offer a global audience!
Meanwhile, here's an important change to our events diary. Our next MedComms Networking event in the North West of the UK is in April, but we've had to change the date unexpectedly. So, apologies to anyone who's already planning their trip but we're now running the event, Current pitfalls and opportunities in medical communications, a week later on 25 April.
Note I've added programme details now, so you'll see we've already two interesting talks with a third to be confirmed shortly.
John Gonzalez will discuss pitfalls in Medcomms: from fake degrees, journals and conferences to falsified data and retractions.
And Nirpal Virdee, Director of Client Services, Technology at Synchrogenix will talk about the impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) has had in regulatory writing and future opportunities within medical publishing.
I'll admit I'm curious to hear what Nirpal will say. From what I hear, medical writers may need to look out. Those robots are coming faster than you may think.... Maybe.
On that note, read, Would you choose a partner based on their 'citizen score'?, from the BBC News online service today, and take a moment to think about where technology is leading us. Crickey!
Luckily, Ashfield Meetings and Events has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 'Future Of Meetings' white paper They reassuringly conclude; "It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age'.
Have a great week.
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