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    MedComms Networking - 15 March 2022


    Yesterday was my first in-person event for two years. Today I'm exhausted!

    Two years to the day, after cancelling a meeting of the MedComms freelancers (with only 10 days' notice because of COVID), I brought them back together again. Well, some of them.

    It was primarily for freelancers from the MedComms Workbook service, but I invited anyone with an interest. I made it free of charge, invited some client types and held my breath. I was mildly concerned I might be caught out by the rush of freelancers and wannabes signing up. Why wouldn't they? A day out. Free food. Free advice from experienced peers. Business development opportunities. All in one easily accessible place.

    I needn't have worried.

    Everyone's busy in MedComms. More than that, there's a big question mark over events for many people. "Will it be worth it?" Who knows, without going and finding out? What serendipitous moments might we miss? We've all discovered how much more we can do in a day by not travelling and putting ourselves out. We may be quite reluctant to invest time and money in finding out what might happen. We'll never know what we don't know, anyway. At the very least, we'll question ourselves more severely and more often before deciding. And we'll make up our mind - or maybe change our mind - last minute. Because, hey, that's what we do online.

    Which makes in-person events much more unpredictable for the organiser.

    Suffice to say a lively group did gather. The food and treats were excellent, though I over-catered. Between when I had to order the catering and the day itself, people dropped out. Others didn't sign up. It's noteworthy only one dropped out because of work commitments. For everyone else, it was health reasons. "I've got COVID..." "My partner has COVID..." "My kids..." "Mum..." Someone's horse had an emergency VET appointment, though I don't think that was COVID. How to mitigate for that?

    I indulged myself yesterday. I wanted to know what might happen and to remind myself of what could happen. I stumped up some cash to find out. I was curious. I've thoughts on what else I might try this year and I'm wondering what's sensible and what's not.

    My conclusion? I'm an unapologetic fan of online meetings. I look at activities I've participated in recently, how many folks from far-flung places I've involved in my webinars, the reach we've achieved by using such technologies. The significant benefits. However, the energy, engagement, those serendipitous moments... the tangible benefits yesterday were significantly more significant.

    But it was exhausting! And unpredictable.

    Tomorrow, I'll run another #MedComms webinar. I've more than 100 people registered and I'm not at all worried about how big the room is. How warm. How cold. How many sandwiches. Whether anyone has allergies. Or COVID. We'll talk about The power of teamwork: from strategy to execution with the team from Langland. Everyone's welcome. Please spread the word.

    Remember, there's lots more coming.

    Stay safe, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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