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Friday 5+ Tech Tips

Overwhelmed? Time Management Tips

By | Jul.31.15 | 0 Comments

Tech Tips Friday Five

What steps can you take to better manage your time so you’re truly more productive and less overwhelmed? For this month’s Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked the practice management experts for their best time management tip: a teensy tweak or trick that has made a difference — or their best advice for overhauling an entire process, if that’s what it takes. Heidi Alexander, Carole Levitt, Nora Regis, Lee Rosen, Catherine Reach and Mark Rosch help you clear the decks! …READ THE REST

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3 Steps to More Referrals

By | Jul.30.15 | 0 Comments

lawyer referral network

What lawyer doesn’t like getting good referrals? The potential client’s matter fits your practice, and he’s heard good things about you from the person who sent him over.

You can build a steady stream of referral business — maybe not enough to abandon ads or stop worrying about your website, but enough to sustain and grow your practice. You’ll have to invest thought, time and energy into developing and implementing a plan, and it won’t happen overnight, but it is worth the effort.

The first step in your plan is figuring out who is likely to send potential clients to you … READ THE REST


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Beware the 4 Most Dangerous Outlook Features

By | Jul.29.15 | 0 Comments

Outlook Email

Of all the Microsoft Office applications in law offices, Outlook is hands-down the most frequently used. After all, who doesn’t need to handle email every day? But lurking in the shadows of your email routine are dangerous Outlook features that could jeopardize your law practice. Here are four that trip up even seasoned Outlook users. You’ll want to be wary of those last two, lest you accidentally breach attorney-client privilege. … READ THE REST


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4 Ways to Make Proposals and Pitches More Persuasive

By | Jul.28.15 | 0 Comments

Play to Win

Lawyers often need to use persuasive skills in their work — convincing a judge or jury with an argument, persuading another party in a contract negotiation, convincing a client to pursue a realistic path. Yet when it comes to marketing, many resort to indistinguishable promises or generalizations. They say they are “accessible,” “responsive,” “experienced” or, my personal favorite, “provide quality services in a cost-effective manner.” You can do many things to make your marketing messages more believable, whether in your bio, a proposal or a pitch for business. Here are four ideas to consider … READ THE REST


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The 1 Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

By | Jul.27.15 | 0 Comments

BestAnswer

I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law or dicta?”

My response went something like: “Uuuuuhhhhh … that paragraph is … ummmmmmm … dicta?

“No wait, law. Errrr … maybe.”

Meanwhile, in my head I’m screaming, “WTF, dude? This wasn’t in the assigned material!” … READ THE REST


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5 Ways to Look Even Better on LinkedIn

By | Jul.24.15 | 0 Comments

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If you’ve been away from LinkedIn for a while, or have just changed jobs or focus, it might be time to check out the social networking site’s new features and update your profile. Why focus on LinkedIn? Survey after survey (including Attorney at Work’s own social media survey) show that’s where lawyers and general counsel go when they are focused on doing business, or learning about business.

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Recently I listened in on CopyBlogger’s “Authority Master Class – LinkedIn Best Practices (and a Few Secrets). Here are some of their great tips for presenting your best business-minded self on LinkedIn … READ THE REST