Five+ Tech Tips
Minecraft Gameband? Apple Watch? Star Wars Battlefront PS4? The new IBM Watson Trends app uses tens of millions of online conversations to learn consumer shopping patterns, to help us all track, in real time, the hot toys and tech gifts this holiday season. Here at Attorney at Work, we’re tapping our dream team of legal technology experts and practice advisers for “early Black Friday 5″ shopping advice. Forget about advising everyone else — we want to know what’s on their holiday technology wish lists! … READ THE REST
Surviving the Throng
You aren’t the only lawyer who is an introvert. Susan Cain, a Wall Street lawyer and author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” is an introvert, too. In her book and her TED talk, she makes introversion look not only perfectly acceptable but appealing in some ways. This was good news to me because, although I may be a seemingly extroverted bestselling author, I’m also an introvert.
What Is introversion? A common misconception, particularly among extroverts, is that all introverts are shy and anti-social. But “shyness” and “introversion” are two very different things. … READ THE REST
The “Contact Us” page should be one of the most heavily trafficked pages of your law firm’s website — from both desktop and mobile devices. Yet this page is often overlooked, as most firms don’t fully utilize it. Instead, they simply display their address and phone number.
Why not bring the same thought and creativity displayed on the rest of your site to this page as well? … READ THE REST
The Friday Five
It’s been more than a decade since I launched my annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers to provide ideas for friends and family rather than have them select yet another gift plastered with the scales of justice. Over the years, I’ve guided gift-givers to law-themed gifts as well as fun tools and toys perfect for busy lawyers: from legal board games to artwork by lawyers; from bacon vodka to iPads.
The 2015 edition will feature more tech gifts than ever. Technology tools can save us time, make tasks easier, remove the hassles of a hectic day, and provide access to an ever-shrinking world. That’s why tech tools make great gifts for lawyers.
The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers will debut November 23 on ReidMyBlog.com, but I’m pleased to share a sneak preview here … READ THE REST
Communicate Clearly Online
Of all the unexpected gifts from our respective law schools (debt, alcoholism), one of the worst may be a ghastly writing style that appeals only to law school professors and some judges. Don’t get me wrong. Law school provided its fair share of benefits and led many of us to successful, even happy, careers. But happy or not, we all suffer from “writing like a lawyer.”
I didn’t realize the severity of my own affliction until I began to read successful bloggers — none were attorneys. Yes, there were errors, sentence fragments and poor vocabulary but I was enthralled. I vowed to change my own style. Here are some tips I picked up during my transformation. … READ THE REST
Clio Partner Spotlight
Clio, the leading cloud-based legal practice management provider, has announced two major feature releases and eight new integration partners. These new product capabilities and integrations directly address the most commonly-cited challenges faced by law firms looking to simplify and grow their practice.
“Our vision is to not only assist law firms in their day-to-day practice management needs, but to significantly simplify their operations and help them grow their practice,” said Jack Newton, CEO and co-founder of Clio. …