Monday, February 16, 2015

Crowdfunding Clinical Trials

Well, when the NIH doesn't have the budget to fund enough clinical trials -- and you have an interest in a specific disease -- researchers are turning to crowdfunding strategies -- raising small amounts of money from lots of different sources instead of relying on big sums from one source. Studies are audited so donors can watch their money and the progress of the research. Google: Experiment, Consano, and Give to Cure (GTC).
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Don't Let It Happen To You!

Did you see what just happened to Brian Williams, NBC newscaster? Suspended for 6 months without pay--after having a stellar career. He told 1 story in the news: I was in the helicopter behind the one that got hit. And another on a talk show (to make the story more interesting): I was in the helicopter that got hit. Not worth it! Never never embellish a story or news article.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gregg Reference Manual

Seen in my "Pencil Points" newsletter I receive: "The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting Tribute Edition has been recognized as the best style manual for business professionals for more than 50 years. The latest 11th edition has been revised and enhanced to satisfy the continually evolving demands of business and academic writers."
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Boston: Working in a Snow Storm

With 3' on the ground, and another 2' actively falling, I've really learned a lesson. Keep my iPhone fully charged at all times. As sometimes it's the only way clients can reach me: email, text, phone. When the power goes out, so does my FiOS Wi-Fi -- all that's left is the 3G/4G network.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Social Media: Not Optional Anymore

The "big 6" of social networks: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram. Social Media is "here to stay." Being on them is now an obligation, not an option. So, get yourself online! (From an Open Session presentation at the AMWA 74th Annual Conference.)
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Vocabulary Word

Today I am redacting (blacking out names and patient identifying information like names, ages, etc.) a Clinical Study Report (CSR) for a client. It is several hundred pages. A journal submission requires us to submit this, but HIPPA says we cannot endanger any patient's confidentiality. Hence the redaction. Buy yourself Adobe Pro.(Reminds me of World War II letters sent home that had to pass through the redactors.)
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wanna Try Freelance Writing?

"If you can dream it, you can do it." --Walt Disney
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow Day! Work from Home!

So what's new! I always work from home! But, nothing makes me so glad that I am a freelancer as when New England gets 1-2' of snow. Now if the electricity will just stay on so I can work...
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Go Patriots! Do Your Job!

Who could work all last week with all the New England Super Bowl hoopla going on?! And we won! GO PATRIOTS! You did your job. Good advice for any of us freelancers: "Do Your Job."
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

LinkedIn Quote

"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chip on Your Shoulder?

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."
-- John Hancock
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Got "Digital Clutter"?

Digital clutter is just as insidious as its real-world counterpart. Time to make a change! It is January -- start by unsubscribing from unwanted email lists, newsletters, digital sales fliers, and so on. And don't subscribe to more! Let the clean up begin!
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Social Media Management

Social media management getting the best of you? Overwhelmed? Check out these social media management tools:
 Hootsuite.  * Buffer. *  BuzzBundle.  There are many more!
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

TED: Short Powerful Talks

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world."
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Do  you send your clients holiday cards (as a marketing tool)? Many freelances do; many don't. Do you send your clients gifts (as a marketing tool)? Many do; many don't. For the first time ever, a client of mine (huge company) sent me a small coffee thermos with their logo on it. That was a new one on me! (As I worked 40 hr/wk for them in 2014, maybe I fell into the "employee" bucket!)
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Signing the Trust Contract

Received from a client today: "Not to worry. I learned there was turnover in the contract group and they won't have your contract amendment until after the first of the year. I was assured that all could continue working in good faith! (ie, you won’t be locked out of our systems and you WILL be paid!. Merry Christmas!" ________________________________________________
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Beware Using Spellcheck Alone!

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased to no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice 2014

December 21, the Winter Solstice -- the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. It's the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, when the Northern Hemisphere is pointed at its furthest distance from the sun. The good news? The days will now get longer until the calendar hits Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015. And what am I doing? Like any good freelancer, when it is cold and dark outside, I am grinding out articles! One every two hours today. ________________________________________________
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Homonym? Homophone?

Homonyms! Homophones! Some word pairs are both!
Chord/cord/ breech/breach, callus/callous, principal/principle.

Some are just confusing: regime/regimen, specious/spacious.

Your dictionary is your best friend!
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Don't Be in This Much of a Hurry!

Read this guy's 11/11/14 blog post here. Oh my! Don't make this embarrassing mistake in your writing! This was actually published! Proofread, proofread, proofread!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Every Interaction Matters -- Every!

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.”
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Email Laziness Getting to You?

Seen in an e-newsletter I subscribe to: "I have an immediate need for someone to attend a seminar..... Please email me if you can (but don't email me if you can't or if you have questions that you could answer by looking things up)." Yahoo for saying this straight out! People's laziness fills my inbox. And I try not to be guilty of this laziness myself. How about you?
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Is Email Eating You Alive?

An article in the WSJ by Sue Shellenbarger  detailed the outrageous amount of time people waste on email. In fact, some times there was hardly any time left to "do" work! We can all waste a tremendous amount of our time--and other people's time--on email.  Do you waste your time? Do you waste other's time? Take an end-of-year assessment!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is Your Boss a Help? or Not?

"Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work."
         – The Economist
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time to Update LinkedIn?

Your once good LinkedIn profile could probably use some end-of-year updating! And maybe even a makeover! Donna Serdula is an expert in search engine optimization (SEO), inbound marketing, and making LinkedIn profiles grab your attention. Donna's website  has free LinkedIn resources. She's also written a book:  LinkedIn Makeover: Professional Secrets to a POWERFUL LinkedIn Profile.  Donna also blogs about LinkedIn.
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