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    MedComms Networking - 28 March 2023


    Wow! I spent all yesterday running a workshop for the MedComms Freelancers. Today I'm somewhat punch-drunk! In-person events are great fun, but exhausting. At least they are now, for this old bloke. Great fun though. The discussions were "lively". What I love about the freelancers' meetings is how there's always such wide and varied experience in the room, and how differently the individual freelancers go about their business. We were joined for our morning session by representatives from AMICULUM, Lucid Group, IPG Health Medical Communications and Oxford PharmaGenesis and it was fascinating for everyone to hear about the different ways they want to work with freelancers. Kudos to all who participated and shared their experiences so openly. Hopefully we helped achieve a little more understanding within the room about how clients and freelancers can work better together.

    It's clear the freelance landscape is different now to when we met in Oxford a year ago. The public LinkedIn Poll I ran a couple of weeks ago, and the comments it attracted about workflow amongst MedComms freelancers, was not out of kilter with what we heard in the room yesterday. But the experiences of individual freelancers are always very specific to their personal circumstances. At the very least most freelancers agree they aren't being chased as much to do work and many are dusting off their new business hats and gently reminding their contacts they are there. There's still plenty of work out there and maybe a period of calm is welcome after the craziness of recent times. But it's also been a reminder that working as a freelancer is about running a business. You need to develop the business, manage the business AND deliver the business.

    It can't be the same as being in the room yesterday, but our upcoming #MedComms Webinar on 12 April will be a panel discussion about Making a success of freelancing in MedComms. Please join us from wherever in the world you are.

    And remember, if you're looking for MedComms Freelance support anytime, I'll happily send a message free of charge to the MedComms Workbook list, which includes specialist medical writers, editors, proof-readers, account managers, project managers, publication planners, strategic consultants, event organisers and designers amongst others.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow we'll talk about Early and adaptive strategic planning for successful pharma product launch with the James Aird, Jess Choi, Steve North and Manca Povsic from AMICULUM. Please join us and please spread the word.

    Then, next week - hold onto your hats. We're attracting a larger-than-usual #MedComms crowd for our webinar on Wednesday 05 April. AI tools for medical writers - turkeys voting for Christmas? will feature Lisa Chamberlain James, Barry Drees and Jamie Norman from Trilogy Writing & Consulting. This should be a lively discussion, too. I'm hoping we'll encourage even more of you to play with the new tools like ChatGPT. I think you ignore them now at your peril. Please join us. Sceptics and believers!

    There's lots more coming. Stay well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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