MedicalWritersSpeak's podcast
MedicalWritersSpeak's podcast
Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
Emma Hitt Nichols talks to freelance medical writers about their work
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 10: Being a Lifelong Learner
Learning a little bit of something each day is a bit like dollar-cost averaging in the field of investing: keep doing them consistently over time, and you will end up becoming very rich in both marketable skills and savings. It’s also always been my belief that the best investment you can possibly make—better than any mutual fund or stock market return—is in developing your own skills. Nobody can take them away from you. In this episode I talk about some of the things that are useful to learn as a freelance medical writer.  Here are the 10 traits of successful freelance medical writers: Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing Organized and mindful of time Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence Lifelong learner Access “LinkedIn for Medical Writers” here. Download the free AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the free AMA style reference list here Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com  Does your company need medical writing assistance? Visit Nascentmc.com Join VisualMedComms here. Learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing  and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills. Find out more about joining the membership below.
Feb 10, 2022
10 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 9: Having a LinkedIn Presence
This week’s episode covers freelance medical writer success trait number 9, which is having a strong LinkedIn presence. I interviewed Dr. Kalpana Shankar a few months ago on this topic, and I think our conversation really covers most of what I would have to say (and includes several value bombs from Dr. Shankar), so I am reposting that here, along with a short intro on the topic. If you are a freelance medical writer and are interested in getting more clients, LinkedIn is definitely the place to be. You can have a fully built profile within a day. If you need a little guidance on that, check out my “LinkedIn for Medical Writers” course. Here are the 10 traits of successful freelance medical writers: Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing Organized and mindful of time Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence Lifelong learner Access “LinkedIn for Medical Writers” here. Download the free AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the free AMA style reference list here Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com  Does your company need medical writing assistance? Visit Nascentmc.com Join VisualMedComms here
Feb 3, 2022
43 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 8: Being Professional on Client Calls
In this episode, I talk about the many things we have to remember to pull off a successful video conference call with a client, including what to wear, how to set up the video, and other minutiae involved in a professional client call.  This is trait number 8 of the 10 traits of successful freelance medical writers. Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing Organized and mindful of time Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence Lifelong learner Download the free AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the free AMA style reference list here Course EDITING FOR MEDICAL WRITERS (Learn AMA Style https://learnamastyle.com/) Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com  Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is a new membership where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com  
Jan 27, 2022
19 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 7: Being Cheerful, Forgiving and Flexible
This week I am talking about being cheerful, forgiving, and flexible--freelance medical writer success trait number 7. How far do you have to go in this regard? Is the customer or client always right? When should you cut ties with a client? Here are the top 10 traits of successful medical writers as I see them: Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing.  Organized and mindful of time. Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence.  Lifelong learner You can listen to that overview episode here Download the free AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the free AMA style reference list here Course EDITING FOR MEDICAL WRITERS (Learn AMA Style https://learnamastyle.com/) Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is a new membership where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Jan 20, 2022
12 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 6: Organized and Mindful of Time
So this week I have a touch of Covid (thankfully, the seemingly milder Omicron variety). And YES I got 2 vaccinations and a booster! Anyway, I don’t want you having to listen to my croaky voice, except for in the intro sections! I did a 3-part series on productivity a while back and thought I would repost the series as a single episode here as it pertains to success trait number 6, which is “organized and mindful of time.” In the first of this 3-part series, I describe productivity hacks that everyone can use. In the second of this 3-part series, I talk about medical-writer specific productivity hacks. In the third of this 3-part series, I talk about delegating, the key to being uberproductive and having enough free time.   Here are the top 10 traits of successful medical writers as I see them: Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing.  Organized and mindful of time. Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence.  Lifelong learner You can listen to that overview episode here Download the free AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the free AMA style reference list here Course EDITING FOR MEDICAL WRITERS (Learn AMA Style https://learnamastyle.com/) Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is a new membership where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Jan 13, 2022
1 hr 23 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 5: Being well versed in the AMA Manual of Style and rules of writing and editing
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 5: Being well versed in the AMA Manual of Style and rules of writing and editing In this week’s episode, I talk about the success trait number 5, and that is being well versed in the AMA Manual of Style and the rules of writing and editing. Qualities like having a science background, being detail oriented and having the ability to sit quietly at a computer are a given and not included in the 10 traits. Here are the top 10 traits as I see them: Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs Follows directions Follows formatting Responsive Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing.  Organized and mindful of time. Cheerful/forgiving/flexible  Professional with clients on calls LinkedIn presence.  Lifelong learner From today's episode: If you would like an advance review copy of Nick Nichols' (aka dear hubby) new legal thriller All We Hold Dear coming out March 1, 2022, please email nicknwrites@gmail.com and we will send you a copy.  Here are some books I recommend: On Writing by Stephen King Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott On Writing Well by William Zinsser The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White How to Write Bestselling Fiction by Dean Koontz War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield And my book Freelance Medical Writing Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD Download the AMA Style cheat sheet here Download the AMA style reference list here Course EDITING FOR MEDICAL WRITERS (Learn AMA Style https://learnamastyle.com/) Find out more information about how to get into freelance medical writing at 6weekcourse.com Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is a new membership where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Jan 6, 2022
16 min
Goal-Setting Strategies for 2022
Because it’s almost a brand new year, in this week’s podcast episode, I’m talking about goals, specifically, the 5 steps of setting them and then actually pulling them off, which of course, is the hard part! Next week, I’ll resume the ongoing series about the top ten traits of successful freelance medical writers. We’re on trait number 5, "Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing." For the overview of the top ten traits, please listen here If you’re in healthcare or science and interested in transitioning into freelance medical writing, check out 6weekcourse.com. Does your company need medical writing assistance? Visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is launching on January 28, 2022. Make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and increase your income by offering a new set of in-demand skills to your clients.
Dec 30, 2021
25 min
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 4: Being Responsive
In this week’s episode, I talk about number 4 of the top ten traits of successful freelance medical writers: being responsive. For the overview of the top ten traits, please listen here If you’re in healthcare or science and interested in transitioning into freelance medical writing, check out 6weekcourse.com. Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is an upcoming site launching soon where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Dec 23, 2021
18 min
The Importance of Following Directions in Medical Writing
In this week’s episode, I talk about number 2  and 3 of the top ten traits of successful freelance medical writers: following directions and following formatting. I combined these because they are somewhat related. For the overview of the top ten traits, please listen here Free AMA Style reference sheet Free AMA Style cheat sheet If you’re in healthcare or science and interested in transitioning into freelance medical writing, check out 6weekcourse.com. Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is an upcoming site launching soon where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Dec 16, 2021
14 min
Meeting Clients' Expectations In Medical Writing
In this week’s episode, I talk about the first of the top ten traits of successful freelance medical writers, and that is being focused on what the client wants and needs so as to meet their expectations. For the overview of the top ten traits of which this is one, please listen to last week's episode here If you’re in healthcare or science and interested in transitioning into freelance medical writing, check out 6weekcourse.com. Does your company need medical writing assistance? visit Nascentmc.com VisualMedComms is an upcoming site launching soon where you can learn how to make your medical and scientific communications visually appealing and benefit from incorporating a new set of in-demand skills to offer your clients. visualmedcomms.com
Dec 9, 2021
19 min
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