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Practice Skills

The Monster Under the Bed

It takes more than a warm hug or a bag of fun-size treats to get past the monster fears we encounter every day.

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - October 31, 2018

Need to Communicate Complicated Stuff? Talk About People

If you speak English and only English, does it make sense for me to explain something to you in French — even if I speak slowly? Of course not. While you probably never make this specific mistake with your clients, almost all of us commit a ...

Chris Graham - January 9, 2018

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.

Deborah Savadra - October 18, 2017
confidence public speaking

Need a Confidence Boost? Try This Before You Speak

When teaching speaking skills to lawyers, the first question is why participants are there. What do they want out of the session? The most common answer is they want to feel more confident. They want to feel or be somewhat different from what ...

Marsha Hunter - August 23, 2017

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice for stand-up comedy. Unless you’re Paul Farahvar. Farahvar took improv classes at Chicago’s Second City comedy ...

Bull Garlington - July 6, 2017

Seven Business Lessons for Lawyers from Improv Comedy

Good improv comics have an ability to walk onto a stage and connect with an audience effortlessly. It may seem like this is because of their innate acting talent, but that's only part of it. Improv training gives these actors a toolbox of ...

Bull Garlington - July 6, 2017
etiquette

Avoiding Dining Table Faux Pas

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 of the interview process at the new firm you’re ...

Theda C. Snyder - May 30, 2017

Order Whisky for Your Boss — Like a Boss

You’re at a conference with the senior partner you want to impress. You’re meeting in the hotel bar, a swanky old-school joint. Lots of wood and brass. You’re both just supposed to go over the day’s work, then look at tomorrow’s breakout ...

Bull Garlington - March 17, 2017
wine

How to Order Wine and Not Look Like an Idiot

You’re at Fancy Restaurant with Super Important Client and the senior partner. There are three forks, two spoons, four glasses and a tiny little dish with a tiny little knife that you assume is for the table elf. You’re reading the menu, ...

Bull Garlington - February 27, 2017
Content Marketing Tips for Lawyers

Writing Lean in 2017

Many of us make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more frequently or improve our eating habits. This year, I challenge you to improve your writing habits and learn to write lean. Mark Twain famously said, “I didn’t have time to write a ...

Susan Kostal - January 9, 2017