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Writing Your Annual Business Development Plan

By | Nov.21.17 | No Comments

This is the time of year when many law firms require their lawyers to develop a personal marketing or business development plan. Even if it is not required, most lawyers start thinking about their goals …Continue reading »


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Checklist for Staffing Your Law Firm’s Trade Show Booth

By | Oct.25.17 | No Comments

Not so long ago, suggesting that lawyers would stand behind a table at a trade show would have been deemed heretical. Times have changed. Recently, I’ve heard a number of people discuss their firms’ participation …Continue reading »


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Seven Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Business Development Efforts

By | Sep.27.17 | No Comments

In initial meetings with lawyers, I like to have them tell me what they’ve done in marketing and business development — what has worked and what hasn’t and what they are trying to accomplish. I’ll …Continue reading »


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Keep Your Law Practice Ahead of the Curve

By | Aug.30.17 | No Comments

Having worked with lawyers for decades now, I have seen many practices ebb and flow. Bond lawyers who were too busy to look up from their desks suddenly had no work. Bankruptcy lawyers who had …Continue reading »


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Understanding the Client’s Decision

By | Jul.19.17 | No Comments

I’ve always liked the saying “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” I think lawyers often make this mistake when approaching business development opportunities. …Continue reading »


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How to Work the Room at Networking Events

By | May.23.17 | 1 Comment

After years of working with lawyers, I have concluded that the No. 1 most-despised marketing activity is attending a networking event. The list of things I’ve been told that lawyers would rather do than work …Continue reading »


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Writing Your Way to New Business

By | Apr.27.17 | 1 Comment

The other day, I was talking with a coaching client (let’s call him Lawyer A) about some new business he had just received. A lawyer at another firm (Lawyer B) called Lawyer A after reading …Continue reading »


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Marketing with a Purpose: Set Objectives

By | Mar.27.17 | No Comments

I recall a lawyer friend of mine telling me with excitement that he had been successful in setting up lunch with an assistant general counsel of a target company. Afterward, when I asked what he …Continue reading »


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The Client Relationship Meeting

By | Feb.23.17 | No Comments

Lawyers have a lot of communication with their clients. But the vast majority of interaction tends to be related to specific matters — requesting some information, reporting on the status of a file, scheduling something, …Continue reading »


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What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

By | Jan.19.17 | 2 Comments

I’m often reminded of a situation that happened several years ago. I was sitting in a building lobby killing time before an appointment. In the lobby was a small coffee shop. The line was long …Continue reading »