Communicating


Talking Back, Part Three

How to Give Feedback

By | Jan.13.15 | No Comments

The staff evaluation form lands on your desk, with instructions to return it within a week. It’s time for the dreaded annual performance review. And it’s dreaded not just by those being reviewed. If you are …Continue reading »


Talking Back, Part Two

How to Receive Feedback

By | Jan.07.15 | No Comments

Feedback is constructive information you can use to identify problems you need to correct and strengths you can build on. It can also give you new ideas that will revitalize your practice. But getting feedback, …Continue reading »


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How to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off

By | Dec.30.14 | No Comments

Let’s say you’ve been invited to speak at the annual meeting of a group of not-for-profits next month. Specifically, they want to know what, if anything, they should be worrying about relative to your specialty …Continue reading »


Talking Back

How to Ask for Feedback

By | Dec.18.14 | 2 Comments

If you’ve ever had someone say to you, “Come in here and shut the door,” because you “need some feedback” on that project you just finished, you may have an instant aversion to the word …Continue reading »


Skills

Lawyers Suck at Listening

By | Dec.03.14 | 6 Comments

Oh, don’t act so shocked. You know it’s true. Even if you’re an exceptionally sensitive lawyer, you’re still stuck dealing with other lawyers. And you’re not exactly a fan of being cut off, condescended to …Continue reading »


Effecting Misuse Can Affect the Effectiveness of Your Writing: Sound-Alikes

By | Nov.24.14 | No Comments

Similar-sounding words can have very different meanings. Sound-alike words have tripped up many a scribe. Because you may be spelling the word correctly but misusing it for the context, spell-check is of no help. Watch …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Windyfoggery and Other Writing Tips from the Master

By | Nov.06.14 | No Comments

Theodore Bernstein created an analog to the economic maxim that bad money drives out good: bad words tend to drive out good ones. Bernstein, a journalist and professor, wrote or co-wrote seven books on grammar and …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Questions to Ask a New Client

By | Oct.17.14 | 3 Comments

It’s one of the fundamentals they drummed into you in law school: It is your job to know the answers. That’s why clients seek your help, right? How you prove you are smart, and why …Continue reading »


To Quote or Not to Quote: Either Way, Check Your Source

By | Oct.14.14 | 2 Comments

The Internet is awesome. It’s also horrible. It’s the greatest timesaver in human history (okay, maybe air travel, but it’s up there). It’s also the biggest time-suck. With so much information and so many resources …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Words for Friends: 5 Ways to Grab Attention Online

By | Oct.10.14 | No Comments

If you want people to notice you online, it doesn’t take a marketing genius to know it’s all about the visuals — a photo, infographic or video will out-pull your wall of words every time. (A photo of you will help, too.) We’re not …Continue reading »