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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

Friday Five

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.

Check Off the Experts’ Tips

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


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5 Ways Support Staff Are Instrumental to Your Practice

By | Jul.23.15 | 0 Comments

Managing

For every attorney-paralegal relationship that is built on a foundation of mutual respect and admiration, there are several razed under constant consternation, engendered by a sense of entitlement on the lawyer’s part. For every long-standing relationship between a lawyer and his office manager, there are several that won’t even last a year, as part of a larger cycle of constant ingress and egress. This equation could be reversed, however, if more lawyers recognized the true value of support staff, by treating them as colleagues within the context of a team environment, and abandoning the de facto caste system … READ THE REST


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6 Ways a Smartphone Makes You More Efficient

By | Jul.22.15 | 0 Comments

iPhone Apps

The proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has dramatically changed how business is conducted, and the legal profession is no exception. Nearly everyone has a mobile device, but how many of us use these devices to their full potential? Think about how you are using your smartphone in your daily affairs. Can that same technology do even more to help you give your clients the best possible representation? Offhand, I can name six ways your smart device can make your law practice more efficient. … READ THE REST