The Friday Five
Sure, it is no more important to show gratitude for a client on Valentine’s Day than any other day of the year. But, confronted with mountains of heart-shaped boxes and an avalanche of sweetheart sales, …Continue reading »
According to a Gallup poll on the perceived honesty and ethics of various professions, most people (79 percent) rate lawyers average or low. Just below bankers. Congressmen and car salesmen ranked lowest. How can you convey that you really are …Continue reading »
I coach hundreds of lawyers one-on-one each year. When they plop their legal pads on the table as we work, I can see the notes they have created for public speaking or trial advocacy. With …Continue reading »
Get to the Point!
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!
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 »
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 …Continue reading »
Finish Your Sentences!
When we speak, why do we so often fail to finish our sentences? Linguists must know the answer to this question, but I am at a loss. All I’m sure of is this: Lawyers find …Continue reading »
Hear the Bells
“Another end-of-year chore. What should we send out? Does anybody even care?” Those thoughts come to mind whenever it’s time to start thinking about sending a holiday card. It doesn’t have to be this way. What have …Continue reading »
Get to the Point!
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 »