Attendance at AMWA-DVC Freelance Workshop

This is a conference/workshop I have been wanting to check out for a couple of years. It’s put on by the American Medical Writers Association’s Delaware Vally Chapter. Now that I have gone freelance on a full-time basis, it seemed like a perfect time to attend. I was not disappointed.

Unlike many of the other conferences I attend, where this is a mix of freelancers and those employed by others, everyone at the Freelance Workshop is very interested in networking and staying in touch with people. They understand that they need to know other freelancers in order to have others to refer work to, whether it’s because they are overbooked or becausethey get a request that is not i their wheelhouse, and to have others who can refer work to them.

I liked the combination of sessions that everyone attends with a couple of roundtables in the afternoon where people could choose sessions that fit their needs. I was especially interested in the Medical Editing roundtable, and I ended up meeting other medical editors who I hadn’t ended up chatting with during the rest of the day. A couple were even actively looking for additional freelancers to add to their businesses, so I followed up on those and one has me on her list for work later in the year and I am putting together a proposal to work with another.

It was a Saturday workshop, so I drove the 5 hours to get there on Friday and gathered with others for dinner the night before, which provided a nice introduction to the workshop. For medical writers and editors who are freelancers, this was definitely a worthwhile investment.


Webinar for STC North Texas Lone Star Chapter

On February 20 , 2019, I conducted a webinar for the
STC North Texas Lone Star Chapter about Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communications Tasks.

Of 40 people who registered, 15 attended, and I got some good questions and comments at the end. I also re-connected with people I haven’t seen since the last Summit or even many year’s prior Summits or in one case since I had been with the Mid-South Chapter, which no longer exists. Feedback has been good so far.

Speaker at InterChange 2018

The STC New England Chapter’s InterChange conference is a nice intimate conference over a Friday and Saturday (October 26 and 27 this year). The theme was Engineering Experiences, so I updated some slides I had used on networking to give a session called Engineering Your Networking Experiences. I  was in the first session of the first day, right after the keynote, so I did my best to send InterChange attendees out into the rest of the conference and the world with some tools for better networking. It was gratifying to hear attendees use some of my phrases in talking to me and others in an effort to network and use what they learned.

Action shots, stolen from Twitter:

Me speakingAnother action shot

Slides: Schrank_Engineering Your Networking Experiences_Interchange_102518

Bookmarks of MANY Articles on Networking: Networking Resources – Links

Personally, I was pleased with how it turned out. I struggle with looking at my notes too much and getting a little out of breath in my excitement, but I feel like that was much more in control on this session. I am no Ted Talk-er, but I am definitely making progress.

And I always feel like I make a few more connections as a speaker than just another attendee, so that is fun.

I also attended some good sessions and met and re-connected with some interesting folks.

I didn’t get many pictures, but her’s one from dinner after the conference with some friends:


We went to a place called Holly Crab, and if you ordered the seafood boil, it came to you a bag. That was the strangest way I have ever eaten dinner before, but it was pretty good overall.