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 »

Digital Dictation Tips

Be More Productive with Digital Dictation 

By | Jun.17.15 | No Comments

In “Getting Things Done,” productivity guru David Allen says dictation is one way to get what’s in your head out, and make it useable. I agree. Dictation can help get more stuff done with less effort. …Continue reading »

Get to the Point

How to Clean Up Your Writing

By | May.27.15 | 4 Comments

Maybe you’ve read the stories about the candidate who wasn’t hired because of spelling errors in the resumé. Or the firm that lost the bid in response to a request for proposal because of grammatical …Continue reading »

Communication Skills

Ladies and Gentlemen! Watch Your Language at Trial

By | May.12.15 | 3 Comments

It happens. You end up with a jury that is all one gender. That was the case in the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Six women …Continue reading »

Decision-Making Skills, Part 2

Choosing to Choose Well

By | Apr.14.15 | No Comments

Have you ever left a phone charger behind in a hotel room even though you carefully looked before checking out? Returned from grocery shopping only to remember you forgot the milk? Operated on someone, sewed …Continue reading »

Decision-Making Skills

Are You a Good Chooser?

By | Mar.11.15 | 2 Comments

Think back through a couple of recent decisions you’ve made or helped make, whether at work or in personal life. Did they turn out well? Was that because you did a good job of choosing? …Continue reading »

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 »