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Five Words You’re Probably Saying Wrong

By | Jan.18.16 | No Comments

Incorrect pronunciation can signal there’s something not quite right about the speaker. The speaker means to sound impressive, but incorrect pronunciation is a sure way to undercut a message. Generally, only your mother will correct …Continue reading »


Connect the Dots!

How to Chat at Networking Events

By | Dec.29.15 | No Comments

Cat got your tongue? Our special two-week holiday series, “Connect the Dots: A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking,” continues today with good tips on starting and sustaining conversations.  You’ve heard about the elevator speech, the 30-second intro …Continue reading »


Connect the Dots!

Lay the Groundwork for Effective Personal Networking

By | Dec.21.15 | No Comments

Dust off your dancing shoes: Our special two-week holiday series, “Connect the Dots: A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking,” begins today. Face-to-face contact remains the top networking tool to reach business clients and professional referral sources such …Continue reading »


Tidying Up

Hands-on Help for the Disorganized Desk

By | Nov.16.15 | No Comments

Judging by the 50-plus weeks “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has been on The New York Times best-seller list, Americans have a new fascination with getting organized. By my observation, lawyers as a class are …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

How to Work With a Ghost (Writer)

By | Oct.29.15 | No Comments

You don’t have to be afraid of ghosts this Halloween. In fact, you might consider these five thoughts about working with one. 1. Why would I want to work with a ghostwriter? Most lawyers tend to …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Specificity Avoids Calendar Calamities

By | Oct.06.15 | No Comments

“Your Honor, this is a motion to vacate the most recent order and request for rehearing. Unfortunately, our failure to appear was caused by a calendaring error in our office.” How embarrassing. Yet, “calendaring” or “docketing” …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Stop Using Squishy Language

By | Sep.08.15 | No Comments

“One of the only”: the ambiguous phrase that keeps popping up. I don’t know what this means — and neither do your readers. A recent newspaper story about Martha Stewart’s sale of her brand quoted a …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Sources for Professional Help in a Pinch

By | Aug.14.15 | No Comments

When you’re pressed for time, you may feel there aren’t enough people or hours to get everything done. You can’t do it all — but whether it’s administrative, marketing or legal work, professional help is available …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

This Post Comprises Further Help for Your Systemic Writing Errors

By | Jul.15.15 | 1 Comment

Even the best writer can confuse words that sound almost the same — call them sound-alikes. A prior post reviewed many of the most common pairs. Here are some more. Comprise/Compose. Comprise means “include” or “contain.” …Continue reading »


Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »