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The Friday Five

Five Ways to Manage Difficult Transitions


Change is exciting … and overwhelming. When faced with change, you must manage all the transitions that flow from it. You can feel adrift, and sometimes alone, as you re-evaluate your circumstances, or decisions, or even your entire life.

Whether caused by losing a job or starting a new one, relocating to a new state, or enduring a personal change such a divorce, all transitions are difficult in their own way. It’s especially tough when the change is not one you chose to make. But transitions also present great opportunities to reflect and redirect. Here are five ways to manage a difficult transition without losing your way (or your mind).Read The Rest


Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing

Engage Social Media Marketing

Today, the question is not whether you should be on social media — it’s how long will it take you to get up to speed. For “Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing” we asked top law firm marketers for advice on where lawyers should focus their efforts — and for their best tips on how to up your game.

If you’re just getting started, the 75-page guide will help you cover the bases for your law practice. Does your social media presence need an upgrade? These experts will help you rethink social media’s role in your firm’s marketing strategy. Read The Rest

Microsoft Office Quick Tips

Video: Customizing the Status Bar in Microsoft Office

Making any Microsoft Office application easier to use often involves tweaking the interface to suit your work style. Here’s one of the quickest, easiest and most powerful tweaks you can make: tricking out each application’s Status Bar.Read The Rest

Getting Clients

Don’t Be Just Any Old Lawyer!

getting clients

Not long ago, I was asked to make a presentation at a state bar’s Law Practice Management Committee luncheon. Topic? Getting clients, of course. When we opened things up for questions, a gentleman in the back said, “You make it sound like the only way to get clients is to specialize!” Ummm. That is exactly what we spent the first 45 minutes discussing — and yes, focusing is the best way. Based on his tone, he didn’t like that idea.Read The Rest

Competing on Price?

What Lawyers Can Learn from Apple When Setting Billing Rates  

Last month, Apple unveiled its new iPhone X to much fanfare. Perhaps what created the most fanfare was its price. It starts at $999 — hundreds more than the older iPhone 7 and the brand-new iPhone 8. 

You don’t need a Ph.D. in Economics to understand the logic behind Apple’s pricing strategy. It’s simple. Apple hopes that for many, owning a high-priced phone will become a status symbol, much like owning a luxury car. In short, having an iPhone X broadcasts prestige, prominence and stature.Read The Rest

Microsoft Word Quick Tips

Video: Using AutoCorrect as a Text Expander

If you’ve got a certain word or phrase, formatted or not, that you type over and over, and it’s driving you crazy, here’s a Microsoft Word AutoCorrect hack you’re going to love. Creating legal documents often involves some really fiddly typing. Long party names, repetitive phrases, all that Latin … it can all get a little frustrating. But a lot of Word users don’t know they can hack the same dictionary Word uses to automatically correct typos and use it as an automated text expander.Read The Rest

Microsoft Word QUICK TIPS

Video: The Fastest Way to PDF a Word Document

PDF Word Document Video

Converting a Word document to PDF is an essential Word skill, especially if you’re dealing with courts that require e-filing. Make that frequent task a one-click operation by adding Publish as PDF to your Quick Access Toolbar.Read The Rest