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Top Takeaways from Our SEMbio Hangout: Break Through to the Other Side

Earlier this month, we hosted another "SEMbio Hangout." If you haven't gotten to attend one yet, SEMbio Hangouts are a series of virtual meetings we host via Zoom where we meet with MSLs, aspiring MSLs, and MSL managers to discuss trends or popular topics. Our topic last week was "Break on Through to the Other Side," a topic where we discussed the task of transitioning from an MSL career into other non-MSL career paths. We had 3 panelists - Niren Shah, Woodie Zachry, and Kartik Aysola - join us to talk about their journey.  My summary here is no substitute…

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3 Reminders of the Importance of Authenticity

I always feel silly when telling someone "just be yourself " in an interview as if that's a secret tip they wouldn't know. I'm sure any time I remind someone to do this in an interview they roll their eyes and think "wow, Lawrence thanks for the life-changing advice." But, it's worth reminding everyone that sometimes it's easy to go too much into "interview mode." Don't lose track of your best asset by not being yourself. Other than the obvious point that lying is bad, here are a few reminders why authenticity could be a difference-maker for you. 1. People…

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3 Reasons to Ditch Motivation for Discipline

People put a lot of stock into motivation. Motivation has turned into big business. It is estimated that the motivational speaking industry brought in $1.9 billion in 2019! Being told all of the ways we can motivate ourselves each day is kind of intoxicating. A bit of motivational inspiration can make us feel like today is the day we turn our lives around! Imagine that - the idea that one day's worth of work will lead to years' worth of change. But there is a great substitute for motivation: discipline. Here are three reasons why. 1 - Motivation is fleeting…

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Virtual Reality and Summer Baseball

I have had this conversation so many times with neighbors and friends, business colleagues, and within the SEMbio family. The expectation of how the stay at home orders would impact everyone’s day to day activities ranged from minimal to life-completely upended. Now everyone in my professional world is working from home. Anyone that thought working from home 24/7 would be a breeze was in for a rude awakening. During the first two weeks of Stay at Home, the medical affairs professionals were much more available than they had been under normal circumstances. It was great to be able to catch…

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