Friday Five+ Tech Tips
For our new Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we’ve invited a dream team of law practice technology experts to tell us their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. The first question: “What’s your favorite tech tip for taking notes in meetings — and using them once you’ve written, typed or recorded them?”
Here are this month’s top tips and note-taking apps from experts Heidi Alexander, Jim Calloway, Erik Mazzone, Catherine Sanders Reach, Nora Regis and Lee Rosen …
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A Curmudgeon's Perspective
“I don’t know what to do!” he cried. “Now we’re forming committees to make decisions.”
I had listened to his travails for the last year as his firm slowly moldered. Morale was bad, profits had slipped down over time, senior partners had become unhappy with their compensation, and the firm’s reputation had taken a couple of hits.
“Worst of all,” he lamented, “they hired a new consultant that has us rebranding, changing the letterhead and arguing about website features. They’re looking for rainmakers in markets we’ve never been in.” … READ THE REST
Law Firm Marketing
Gabriel Cheong started his own law firm straight out of law school. One year later he purchased the law firm where he once interned. Now Gabriel runs Infinity Law Group while blogging, tweeting and marketing his firm. He’ll be one of four speakers participating in this year’s “Lightening Round: Avvo Success Stories” May 13 at Lawyernomics 2015. We asked him to share some hard-earned lessons he’s learned using social media for his family law practice.
Unless you’re willing — and financially able — to employ someone to coordinate all of your law practice’s social media, chances are you’re doing it yourself, when time allows. I’m a lawyer, not a social media “expert,” though I have worked with some so-called experts for my firm. Here’s what I’ve come to realize about using social media for your law firm. … READ THE REST
Technology In Practice
We’ve all seen how technology can help level the playing field, allowing smaller firms and solos to compete with larger rivals, and scale quickly to meet clients’ needs. That’s good news for small firms and clients alike. But just because a firm is small doesn’t make it lean — or mighty. Too many lawyers stick with the old ways of doing things simply because it’s familiar. Here are tips for running a lean law practice, rethinking how you can provide the most value to your clients, in the most productive way.
1. Focus on the practice of law — not on IT. Of course, you’re focused on providing counsel and service, not on IT. But the trap many “would-be” lean lawyers fall into is overthinking the role technology should play in their practice. …
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Get to the Point
Of course you use a dictionary when you don’t know the meaning of a word. But you might have to pay attention to context to figure out which definition applies and whether it’s the right word to use. That’s why the dictionary is the traitor among your legal writing tools. Turn instead to a loyal style and usage guide when you have questions about which word to use and much more. … READ THE REST
Friday Fit Five
That iPhone or Android in your pocket already does nearly everything but wash the car. So why not apply your smartphone’s smarts to getting and keeping a healthy glow? Today, lawyer and certified health coach Jamie Spannhake launches our “Fit Five” series, counting the ways (and apps) your smartphone can keep you running smoothly.
One consistent item in all our lives is our smartphones. Since we have them with us all the time, we should use them to help us get and stay healthy. Here are five ways.
1. Assess first. In any good plan to accomplish anything, you first need to assess where you are. My favorite app for this health-wise is MyFitnessPal. … READ THE REST