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MedComms Networking - 26 February 2019
I've said many times, nothing works as well as face-to-face meetings. And I loathe the typical teleconference (cue the funny video; A Conference Call in Real Life). But real life demands pragmatism and I do believe video conferencing is coming of age. I'm unashamedly a fan of Zoom.us, which I've used over the past year for various purposes. Other solutions are, of course, available but, frankly, Zoom suits me (and no, they don't pay me to say so!).
There's clearly so much more that could be done. So easily.
So, I'm going to step up a gear and start running more regular Zoom meetings.
On Thursday we've a workshop, Using digital gaming in MedComms programmes, led by Carla Brown. That was more than fully booked within just a few days of announcing it.
I'm then going to run three more similar workshops before Easter. I think I have the three leaders lined up and I'll announce details shortly. We'll run more such workshops from time to time as opportunity arises.
Importantly, though, following Easter I'll simply start running weekly MedComms Webinars on Wednesdays at midday UK time. You're all welcome to attend, from wherever in the world you are. Just at the moment I've no idea exactly what we'll do so if you'd like to lead a webinar please let me know! I'm curious to see who'll come out to play.
I also use Zoom to run exclusive educational and networking sessions specifically for the freelancers who subscribe to the MedComms Workbook service. They, by definition, are distributed far and wide and for obvious reasons can't easily meet face-to-face. As an example, this coming Monday we'll have PIA Commercial Life Science Insurance Manager Mike Cherrington, join us to talk about the different forms of insurance for freelancers and why it is vital for them to have insurance cover, specifically Professional Indemnity Insurance. PIA Commercial are also introducing a promotional scheme for MedComms Workbook subscribers where they'll receive a 20 percent discount on Professional Indemnity Insurance cover. So, many thanks to Mike and his colleagues for that.
We'd love to have more subscribers to the MedComms Workbook, so check us out if you're thinking of freelancing. In the past 12 months we've sent out more than 150 work opportunities, in addition to the networking activity. As I'm fond of saying, it's stupidly simple. But it works.
Of course, I'm also using Zoom to build our monthly series of Writing Bites featuring John Dixon. His latest gems are now available...
If one word can replace two or more words, then just use one word! [2.24 minutes]
Use parallelism to simplify lists and make them more memorable [3.39 minutes]
Make your writing look readable [1.58 minutes]
The complete series of "Writing bites" is growing on NetworkPharma.tv and on our MedComms Channel on YouTube. Feedback welcomed.
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