People Skills


Play to Win

Making Firm Meetings and Retreats Personally Productive

By | Jun.21.18 | No Comments

I participate in a lot of law firm retreats and meetings, but one in particular will always stand out. I was talking with representatives of the firm before the retreat kicked off when one of …Continue reading »


Be Careful Reading Fiction

Can Reading Fiction Help Lawyers Develop More Empathy?

By | May.07.18 | No Comments

A growing body of research suggests that reading fiction increases your capacity for empathy. The basic idea is that imagining the emotional world of fictional characters is good practice for empathizing with actual humans. (See …Continue reading »


Talking Back

How to Ask for Feedback

By | Dec.18.14 | 1 Comment

If you’ve ever had someone say to you, “Come in here and shut the door,” because you “need some feedback” on that project you just finished, you may have an instant aversion to the word …Continue reading »


PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Overworked? The First Step to Delegating

By | Sep.24.14 | 1 Comment

“I found myself in a rut of doing work … then more work … and feeling stuck in the day-to-day of never seeing past tomorrow,” says Josh Brown, a solo attorney who deals primarily in …Continue reading »


Shy? How to Make It in a Networking World

By | Sep.08.14 | No Comments

Question: I’m an inexperienced lawyer, and naturally timid. How can I be expected to thrive in a networking environment? What’s the best way to follow up after meeting someone new? When should I ask for …Continue reading »


Conversation Starters

At a Loss for Words? A Handy Phrase Book

By | May.10.13 | No Comments

Some people always know exactly what to say. When words fail the rest of us, these people deliver the smooth segue, the clever comeback, the perfect parting shot. How do they do it so effortlessly? Maybe they’ve taken a …Continue reading »


Communicating

Big Ideas for Small Talk

By | Apr.26.11 | 1 Comment

Some people are born schmoozers and like nothing more than to meet and mingle at professional events. For others, this is about as painful as watching a “Kardashians” marathon at gunpoint. Top 10 Icebreakers If you fall …Continue reading »