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Get to the Point!

You Lost Me Right From the Start: Avoiding Communication Turn-offs

By | Dec.12.17 | No Comments

You’re articulate, right? You appreciate and emulate good legal writing. So why do you turn off so many listeners and readers so soon? In the film “Jerry Maguire,” Renee Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd tells Tom Cruise’s …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Tax Benefits to Working From a Home Office

By | Nov.24.17 | No Comments

Some lawyers choose to limit overhead by working from home. They may arrange for supplemental virtual services and conference room access. While not every practice area may lend itself to working from home, technology has …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

The Death of Capitalization

By | Nov.07.17 | No Comments

It started with the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. Capital letters appeared in places they never appeared before. Grammar rules call for capitalizing proper names, but now the correct reference to some brands calls …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

You Can Conduct an Internet Search, But Should You Google?

By | Oct.03.17 | No Comments

I once defended a product liability case where the client was adamant that the product always be called a “personal watercraft.” It most definitely was not, he insisted, a Jet-Ski. The issue was the use …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Don’t Be Tricked by These False Friends

By | Sep.11.17 | No Comments

Some words sound like they mean one thing when they actually mean something very different. Using one of these false friends incorrectly could cause you a problem. But It Sounded Right … The term “false friends” traditionally …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Contronyms: Context Controls Comprehension

By | Aug.07.17 | 1 Comment

Sanctions. That word has always troubled me. It’s a contronym, a word that has opposite meanings. Lawyers know that a motion for sanctions asks the court to penalize an adversary’s bad act. But other English speakers …Continue reading »


Business Development

How Charity Can Play a Role in Your Marketing Plan

By | Jul.25.17 | No Comments

Good marketers are good networkers. They meet lots of people in all kinds of settings and turn those people into clients. Chances are, you can be more focused about how your charity time and money …Continue reading »


Business Development

Are You Woke to Cultural Marketing?

By | Jun.29.17 | No Comments

In a country with increasingly diverse demographics, effective marketing must appeal to but not insult any group. Sticking to One’s Own People may be most comfortable consulting a lawyer in their own demographic, but that isn’t always …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Why Superlatives May Not Be So Super

By | Jun.13.17 | No Comments

“Get to the Point” has previously preached that specificity enhances credibility. In fact, I’m working on a cross-stitch with this aphorism to place on the office wall. Using an unsupported superlative flouts this rule. Ugly, Uglier, …Continue reading »


Etiquette and image

Avoiding Dining Table Faux Pas

By | May.30.17 | 1 Comment

You’ve spent the whole conference trying to get close to that potential business source, and you’re finally going to sit together at a banquet table. Or maybe a meal at a fancy restaurant is part …Continue reading »