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MedComms Networking - 24 March 2020
I've spent the last two years championing the use of Zoom (other solutions are, of course, also available!) and now I want everyone to back off. Please!
Internet connectivity is becoming decidedly flaky. Sudden mass home schooling, home working and a colossal increase specifically in video conferencing is having consequences. Most noticeable, to me at least, is the sudden and quite overwhelming use of online video to run gym sessions, yoga sessions, Zumba sessions and much more. Me and the MedComms pet, Ted, are baffled and yearning for quieter home working days of old.
A debate now rages about how fundamental these changes in working (and playing) practices are. We're in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. What if it works?
One of the more impressive feats I've seen unfold in the last two weeks, is the transition of EyeforPharma's annual pharmaceutical industry conference in Barcelona, from a physical meeting for 2,500 or so folks into an online global event with well in excess of 10,000 registrations. There's some seriously good content being freely live-streamed and archived thoughout this week. Take your own tapas.
It puts my own efforts into stark contrast. And there was me thinking I was ahead of the curve!
In last week's webinar I talked with Amy Farr, Natalie Rounding and Sarah Sabir about their journeys into medical writing. Everything worked well, other than internet connectivity! A great discussion, but the recording was, frankly, not publishable.
Tomorrow, all being well, Sarah Sikora from Envision Pharma Group will discuss the challenges for sustainability in medical communications in a variety of areas from congress travel to office supplies. We planned this well before the current disruption, which may now put the discussion in a new light. Fingers crossed for the recording. Please join us.
Meanwhile, this afternoon I'm running a MedComms Workbook Huddle. It's primarily for MedComms Workbook subscribers but, in the spirit of the moment, any other freelancers and interested parties are welcome to join us. No registration required, just show up at 15.00 UK time, see what's occurring and join in as you like.
We'll chat and share experiences and thoughts as we work to support each other through this period of disruption and uncertainty. The discussions will primarily focus on freelance life in and around
MedComms, but it will be very informal and all comers are welcome.
I'll be online 15.00-15.30 UK time today, and happy to chat with whoever turns up. If nobody turns up I'll head off at 15.30, but if anyone does turn up then I'll happily chat for as long as they want to.
All very informal. Nobody will mind if you have a toddler on your knees or a dog cuddling up close. Within reason!
Join today's huddle, no registration required, at 15.00 UK time.
Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at www.MedCommsNetworking.com or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.
Best of luck and stay healthy, everyone.
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