Skills


Friday 5+ Tech Tips

On Deck: Pro Tips for Creating Masterful Presentations

By | May.27.16 | 1 Comment

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 …Continue reading »


Attorney at Work Classic

Use Body Language When You Negotiate

By | May.25.16 | No Comments

Lawyers negotiate all the time — with other lawyers, partners, staff and clients. Even at home, you’re probably negotiating to get someone in your family to do what you want. One key to successful negotiation is creating …Continue reading »


Learning

Expand Your Mind: Go to Mainstream Conferences

By | May.17.16 | 2 Comments

If you are a solo practitioner, of counsel, or a partner at a law firm, you have at least two roles: attorney and entrepreneur. Your time and energy are split between performing client work and …Continue reading »


PROFESSIONALISM

Like? Yikes!

By | Mar.01.16 | 1 Comment

Those of us who love language and value the ability to be well-spoken have every reason to feel, like, depressed. I fear we have lost the battle with mass culture regarding articulate speech. Witness the ubiquity (a wonderful word …Continue reading »


Presentation Skills

The Trap of Vertical Speaking Notes

By | Jan.27.16 | No Comments

I coach hundreds of lawyers one-on-one each year. When they plop their legal pads on the table as we work, I can see the notes they have created for public speaking or trial advocacy. With …Continue reading »


Nothing But The Ruth!

Write What? A Simple Solution to Blogger’s Block

By | Jan.13.16 | 1 Comment

As a blogger, I often have random inspirations for posts. They can hit me at any time — when I’m going for a run, talking to colleagues, reading my Twitter feed. The one time my brain …Continue reading »


Well Said!

Self-Destructive Language

By | Dec.03.15 | 1 Comment

Lawyers are hard-wired to be precise when writing and speaking. When practicing law they honor that precision rigorously. However, when it comes to interacting with their market, let’s just say their language discipline loses a …Continue reading »


Finish Your Sentences!

Stop ‘Rough-Drafting’ and Learn to Speak with Precision

By | Nov.10.15 | 1 Comment

When we speak, why do we so often fail to finish our sentences? Linguists must know the answer to this question, but I am at a loss. All I’m sure of is this: Lawyers find …Continue reading »


Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »


Digital Dictation Tips

Be More Productive with Digital Dictation 

By | Jun.17.15 | No Comments

In “Getting Things Done,” productivity guru David Allen says dictation is one way to get what’s in your head out, and make it useable. I agree. Dictation can help get more stuff done with less effort. …Continue reading »