One of the things I enjoy most about being a freelance writer are the opportunities it gives me to explore and learn about new places and sectors.
Last weekend I had an unexpected but fantastic opportunity to do just that, at a medical conference of all places. Along the way I also got to meet some new people and make new connections which was the icing on the cake.
At 9am last Saturday I found myself walking through a blustery Birmingham on my way to a medical professionals’ conference on primary care networks.
I’ll be honest, until the call from the client on Thursday afternoon I’d not actually heard of a primary care network, but forty-eight hours is plenty of time to rectify that. A few online searches along with my belief that after seven hours of conference presentations I’d probably know quite a lot, turned out to be right.
My brief was to write a blog that captured the main conversations and topics of the day, got quotations from attendees and speakers along with highlighting the positive impact of getting a few hundred people together in the ICC can do for a whole sector of people. This I did and the blog post I wrote for the British Medical Association’s Primary Care Networks conference is now available online.
One of the key takeaways from the event was that as a writer I don’t need to be an expert in an area to provide a valuable insight into it. And, by pushing myself out of my comfort zone of topics and sectors I realised that making a connection with people is the most rewarding aspect of the job and the thing that really brings writing to life.
On another note, if you’re looking into being a freelancer this is a good example of in practice how quickly jobs can appear in freelancing – you never know what’s around the corner. And, that’s one of the most fun things about it. It’s a juggle to turn some of the opportunities around, but it’s worth it.