People Skills

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How to Make Clients Happy: 5 Simple Workplace Tips for Young Lawyers

The Friday Five | Life is complicated, but your relationships with your clients don’t have to be.

Joan Feldman - April 8, 2022
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The Secret Science of Mingling

Networking sucks. Everybody hates it. Trust me, the loudest, most gregarious person you know has a hard time walking into a room full of strangers and starting a conversation. I know this because I am the loudest person you know and when I’m ...

Bull Garlington - April 1, 2022
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Six Tips for Being a More Persuasive Lawyer

Gray Robinson | Unfortunately, the art of persuasion isn't taught in many law schools. Here are six fundamentals.

Gray Robinson - October 25, 2021
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Lawyer Networking: Are You a Spoke or a Hub?

Sally Schmidt | Lawyer networking is like a bicycle wheel.

Sally J. Schmidt - August 24, 2021
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How to Say ‘No’ When ‘No’ Is What You Want to Say

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton | Who knows why we do it, but most of us tend to say “yes” to things when we should say "no."

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - August 15, 2021
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10 Things Lawyers Should Stop Doing

The key to real productivity is identifying the most essential tasks that drive success, and working to de-prioritize or eliminate the rest.

Jay Harrington - April 20, 2021
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What Makes for a Great Transferable Skill? How to Uncover Even a Niche Lawyer’s Hard and Soft Skills

Annie Little |To unlock the power of your transferable skills, you must effectively describe your soft skills to employers.

Annie Little - March 15, 2021
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Advocacy Without Assholery

Nothing But the Ruth! | I asked non-jerk lawyers: How do you manage to be an effective advocate without acting like an ass — even when dealing with opposing counsel who are?

Ruth Carter - October 20, 2020
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Three Strategies to Stop Unconsciously Undermining Relationships at Work

Carson Tate | To build strong, authentic relationships in this new world of work, use the Platinum Rule, identify your colleagues’ workstyles, and tailor your communication to co-workers’ preferences.

Carson Tate - October 14, 2020
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How Dungeons & Dragons Can Make You a Better Lawyer

Dungeons & Dragons can be more than a tabletop role-playing game of hobbits, wizards and elves — it could also be some of the best soft skills training. I know, it’s insane. But stay with me, because I’m serious.

Bull Garlington - August 17, 2020
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