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National Freelancers Day

The Freelance Lecture 2011

I covered this event for PCG and Amplified Networks (both Not For Profit organisations).  PCG is effectively a ‘trade association’ which speaks out for Freelancers.  This is the third year they have sponsored National Freelancers Day – and it seems to be getting bigger every year.  It was great fun and I learnt a lot. (Photo courtesy Benjamin Ellis)

I talked to a couple of the speakers after the event and made some audioboo.

Karen Stephenson was insightful and the way she spoke about how freelancers in organisations can ‘connect’ and innovate gave me a lot to think about.  She focused on the importance for freelancers of building ‘trust networks’ both inside client businesses and with other freelancers.

I also interviewed John Brazier – he’s the Managing Director of PCG and I spoke to him about how he sees the role of freelancers developing, and in particular, the descriptor; should it be “Freelance” or “Independent Professional”?

I like the term Freelance…

Working with Steve Lawson and Benjamin Ellis is always fun.  Benjamin ran round taking photos, Steve concentrated on generating conversations on Twittter about the event and I liveblogged using CoveritLive – incorporating Tweets from a number of hashtags.  It’s high pressure stuff – but a great buzz.  There was a lot of action on the #nfd23nov hashtag.  Here’s a report from Tweetreach:

Here’s the liveblog: