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5 Ways to Look Even Better on LinkedIn

By | Jul.24.15 | 0 Comments

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If you’ve been away from LinkedIn for a while, or have just changed jobs or focus, it might be time to check out the social networking site’s new features and update your profile. Why focus on LinkedIn? Survey after survey (including Attorney at Work’s own social media survey) show that’s where lawyers and general counsel go when they are focused on doing business, or learning about business.

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Recently I listened in on CopyBlogger’s “Authority Master Class – LinkedIn Best Practices (and a Few Secrets). Here are some of their great tips for presenting your best business-minded self on LinkedIn … READ THE REST

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5 Ways Support Staff Are Instrumental to Your Practice

By | Jul.23.15 | 0 Comments

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For every attorney-paralegal relationship that is built on a foundation of mutual respect and admiration, there are several razed under constant consternation, engendered by a sense of entitlement on the lawyer’s part. For every long-standing relationship between a lawyer and his office manager, there are several that won’t even last a year, as part of a larger cycle of constant ingress and egress. This equation could be reversed, however, if more lawyers recognized the true value of support staff, by treating them as colleagues within the context of a team environment, and abandoning the de facto caste system … READ THE REST


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6 Ways a Smartphone Makes You More Efficient

By | Jul.22.15 | 0 Comments

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The proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has dramatically changed how business is conducted, and the legal profession is no exception. Nearly everyone has a mobile device, but how many of us use these devices to their full potential? Think about how you are using your smartphone in your daily affairs. Can that same technology do even more to help you give your clients the best possible representation? Offhand, I can name six ways your smart device can make your law practice more efficient. … READ THE REST


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20 Tips to Empower Your Law Firm

By | Jul.21.15 | 0 Comments

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At the American Bar Association’s annual GPSolo National Solo and Small Firm Conference, practice management experts Peggy Gruenke and Alan Klevan presented “60 Practice Empowerment Tips in 60 Minutes” —  focused on the nuts-and-bolts of running a successful law practice. We asked the pair to zero in on their favorite practice-boosting pointers. 

1. Write a simple business plan  for you, not the bank or a potential business partner. The goal is for you as a business owner to see the big picture and understand exactly who you are, why you’re unique and who you are best equipped to serve. Creating a plan will help you answer questions like … READ THE REST


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Staying Alive: 4 Ways to Survive the New Normal

By | Jul.20.15 | 0 Comments

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It gets to be a bit much, all the chatter about the legal profession changing at the speed of light. Even if it is transforming into something quite great — I know, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t — it seems nearly impossible to figure out what to do about it in your own law practice. Particularly if you can hardly keep your head above water with the old normal practice of law.

Let’s cut to the chase and identify what you ought to be doing now if you want your business of law to be thriving in 10 years, or five, or even one year from now. Here’s your to-do list. … READ THE REST


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Five Ways to Say ‘Me First’

By | Jul.17.15 | 0 Comments

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Why is it that we take care of everyone and everything else before we take care of ourselves? Why do we neglect our needs in ways we would never tolerate from another person? Why do we accept this self-treatment? Perhaps it’s because no one holds us accountable but ourselves, and we generally do a very poor job of that. Or maybe we think it’s selfish to prioritize our own well-being over everyone else’s.

But it isn’t selfish. In fact, it is crucial to our well-being, and benefits our work and the people around us. We simply need to re-frame the conversation we have with ourselves. Instead of saying “Me first,” think of it as “I am as important as all the other people and things that are important to me.” READ THE REST