Skills


Get to the Point

A Thesaurus Is Not Just a Word Processing Tab

By | Feb.02.15 | 1 Comment

A thesaurus is a compilation of synonyms, words of the same meaning. A thesaurus also lists antonyms, words of opposite meaning. When you want to vary your vocabulary to hold the reader’s interest, the thesaurus …Continue reading »


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 »


Get to the Point

Weak Sentence Starters You Use All the Time

By | Jan.12.15 | No Comments

A basic rule of good writing is to make every word count. “There is,” “there are” and “it is” are the weakest ways to start a sentence. Used this way, “there” and “it” are placeholders …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 »


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 »


Power User

Word Styles: Automating a Table of Contents

By | Dec.11.14 | 2 Comments

In her latest “Power User” series, Vivian Manning has been showing how to use Microsoft Word Styles to produce documents much more efficiently. In her last column, she showed how Heading Styles can be used to structure …Continue reading »


Changing Careers

Time to Leave Law Behind? Then What?

By | Dec.09.14 | No Comments

There are generally two questions that worry dissatisfied attorneys as they consider leaving the law. First, “How do I know I’m ready (really, really ready) to leave the law?” And, “Once I decide I’m ready, …Continue reading »


Skills

Lawyers Suck at Listening

By | Dec.03.14 | 5 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 »


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 »


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 »