Skills


Public Speaking

Need a Confidence Boost? Try This Before You Speak

By | Aug.23.17 | 1 Comment

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 …Continue reading »


Comedy in the Courtroom

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

By | Jul.06.17 | 2 Comments

Paul Farahvar on stage at the Laugh Factory. (Photo courtesy of Paul Farahvar.) There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice …Continue reading »


Managing Uncertainty

Seven Business Lessons for Lawyers from Improv Comedy

By | Jul.06.17 | No Comments

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. …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 »


The Friday Five

Order Whisky for Your Boss — Like a Boss

By | Mar.17.17 | No Comments

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 …Continue reading »


SOCIAL SKILLS

How to Order Wine and Not Look Like an Idiot

By | Feb.27.17 | 3 Comments

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 …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Writing Lean in 2017

By | Jan.09.17 | No Comments

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 …Continue reading »


Public Speaking

Make Eye Contact to Engage Your Listeners

By | Aug.01.16 | No Comments

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 …Continue reading »


Attorney at Work Classic

The Project Management ABC’s

By | Jul.27.16 | No Comments

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 …Continue reading »


Skill Building

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

By | Jul.19.16 | 1 Comment

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 …Continue reading »