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Practice Skills

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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

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
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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

Make Eye Contact to Engage Your Listeners

Every group of listeners — whether a big audience, a small group, a jury or a single senior partner — is a multi-eyed monster that a speaker must confront, eyeball to eyeball. The only way to focus your brain is to focus your eyes on your ...

Marsha Hunter - August 1, 2016
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The Project Management ABC’s

A Curmudgeon's Perspective. The Attorney at Work compilation about time management and productivity ("A Matter of Time: Time Management and Productivity Tips for Lawyers") got me thinking about how lawyers are drawn to chasing new ...

Otto Sorts - July 27, 2016

Keep Growing: What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

It’s always interesting to me how many lawyers still think a successful law practice centers on knowing lots of legal principles. The reality is, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s true that you know how to read analytically, how ...

Chris Hargreaves - July 19, 2016
Microsoft Powerpoint Tips

Look Smart When Presenting with PowerPoint

Traditionally, most presenters see the same view of their slides that their audience sees. Don't you long for the ability to view your own presentation notes at the same time? Although the ability to view your notes while presenting has been ...

Carole Levitt - June 15, 2016
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On Deck: Pro Tips for Creating Masterful Presentations

For Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite a dream team of law practice technology experts to give their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. This month’s ...

Joan Feldman - May 27, 2016