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MedComms Networking - 09 January 2024
I actually thought my brain cells collapsed yesterday! The few that remain.
I didn't entirely stop at any point over the holiday period, but it's been strangely quiet here recently and I've had some time to contemplate the year ahead. Then it really kicked off yesterday as everyone started picking up where they left off a few weeks ago. The start of a year is always a tad chaotic, but I'm much happier at this time. After the challenges of last year, surely, the only way is up.
What are you thinking? Are the signs looking good for you in 2024?
Our #MedComms Freelancing Barometer 2024 survey is going really well. More than 200 responses already. Thanks to everyone who has joined in. We want lots more, though, from across the global community. We are gathering data to build an overall picture of how specialist freelancers working in and around #MedComms have fared during the past year and to gather data about what additional support might be useful in 2024. The survey will close 31 January and the results will be freely shared for everyone on 1 February. We will have plenty of food for thought for all freelancers, but also for aspiring freelancers and everyone who commissions freelance services. Please everyone, help spread the word and encourage all relevant others to join in.
An important message for freelancers, always, is "talk to each other!". Share your experiences and ideas. Don't just sit in isolation. Support each other. Especially during difficult times.
To that end, we've more meetings coming up exclusively for the freelancers who subscribe to our MedComms Workbook. We've guests talking about new platforms like Talus, about how best to use Microsoft products (like Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Copilot) to maximize productivity in a highly secure fashion, and about how to deal with the money!
I would be delighted to welcome many more freelancers to the service, but nothing suits everyone. I wrote an article for the June 2023 issue of EMWA's Medical Writing Journal, The need for community: The importance of networking as a freelance medical writer, which provides details of a host of relevant groups that might be of interest. If you can't find one that quite suits, then start your own!
I think it's going to be an interesting year for everyone. Change will be a common theme in our free weekly #MedComms webinars. Those start again on 31 January when we'll ask Are we facing a new era in MedComms medical writing? with Liz Stutz (Roche), Annette Keith (Langland) and Eleanor Steele (aka The MedComms Mentor).
First though, an EXTRA webinar on Thursday 18 January. We'll ask Are we taking notice of ChatGPT and allied AI technologies in MedComms? with Martin Delahunty (Inspiring STEM Consulting), Katja Martin (medtextpert), Stephen Mott (PharmAdvisor) and Avishek Pal (Novartis). Almost exactly one year on from when we asked "Should we take notice of ChatGPT and allied AI technologies in MedComms?"
Stay well, everyone. There's lots more coming!
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