Daily Dispatch

Struggle for Work-Life Balance, Part 3

Technology Can Be Your Ticket to a Profitable, Well-Balanced Law Practice (Or Not)

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Technology can be your ticket to a successful, profitable practice — or it can be a debilitating nightmare. Choosing and using technology well is essential to an efficient, growing practice with satisfied clients, a happy team — and a less-stressed attorney.

If you haven’t reviewed your office’s technology in more than two years, I can almost guarantee your practice’s needs have changed and that your operations — and profits — are suffering.Read The Rest

Be Careful Reading Fiction

Can Reading Fiction Help Lawyers Develop More Empathy?

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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. For example, have you noticed that when you read a favorite novel you’re able to feel what the characters are feeling? It happens so naturally, we don’t realize this is strange. The characters aren’t real, you’ve never met them, and they’re often doing things you could never do.

This is great news, right? An easy way for lawyers to develop more empathy. But can you see the challenge?Read The Rest


Five Ways to Make Connections at Avvo Lawyernomics 2018

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Lawyernomics is one of the tentpole legal technology conferences every year. There are only a few other events at the intersection of law and technology that bring you a comparable combination of content, attendees, vendors and, of course, Vegas! The theme at this year’s Lawyernomics is “making connections,” so here are five ways you can make important connections at Lawyernomics 2018.Read The Rest

Friday Tech Tips

Tech Tips to Improve Your Client Communications Strategy

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Margaret Atwood, the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has frequently noted that with all technology, there is a good side, a bad side and a stupid side that you weren’t expecting.

With major advances in technology, like the internet itself, it is easy to think of examples of all three. Of course, since digital communication tools permeate the world and the workplace today, it’s almost unavoidable that lawyers’ business communications with clients are largely done via technology. So it is a useful oversimplification to state that law firms should design an overall client communications strategy of minimizing the bad, enhancing the good and avoiding the stupid. This requires thoughtful planning that must be done expeditiously and reviewed regularly because technology will continue to evolve.Read The Rest

Well Said!

One Shift That Will Improve Business Development Results

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Business development needn’t be complicated, difficult or distressing. However, for many lawyers, it’s all of that. Most of that can be eliminated by a single shift in perspective.

It comes down to this: You need a specific market focus to be relevant. Read The Rest


Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing

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Today, the question is not whether you should be on social media — it’s how long will it take you to get up to speed. For “Engage! A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing” we asked top law firm marketers for advice on where lawyers should focus their efforts — and for their best tips on how to up your game.Read The Rest

Microsoft Word Quick Tips

Video: Using AutoCorrect as a Text Expander

If you’ve got a certain word or phrase, formatted or not, that you type over and over, and it’s driving you crazy, here’s a Microsoft Word AutoCorrect hack you’re going to love. Creating legal documents often involves some really fiddly typing. Long party names, repetitive phrases, all that Latin … it can all get a little frustrating. But a lot of Word users don’t know they can hack the same dictionary Word uses to automatically correct typos and use it as an automated text expander.Read The Rest