Networking is the art and skill of creating relationships and then being able to leverage those relationships into business opportunities. And let me just say that Rainmaking = Relationships. Let’s talk about how to do this effectively.
I started to call this post “Software for Conquering Email Overload.” Then I decided that was a unicorn. There is no such thing as “conquering” our email. Perhaps all we can do is attack it and hope to live to fight another day. To that end, I’ll describe what I do to tame my inbox. I’m providing some links for your convenience, but they are not affiliate links and I do not receive any compensation or benefits for mentioning the products I use.
Every year around this time, graduating law students are preparing to take the bar exam; and completing the Character & Fitness questionnaires with the hope that the Committee will find they are fit to practice law. Perhaps you know a law student; or you have one working in your office; or you know someone who dreams of attending law school. If so, please share this month’s ethics question with him or her. Consider the following scenario.
No one enjoys hearing feedback about themselves that is critical in nature; but don’t get me wrong. Sometimes we need to hear that we’re not meeting the expectations of others because critical feedback shared respectfully can be a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional growth. That said, when a former client posts a review on something like an attorney rating site that is full of vitriol and outright lies, well that’s something else entirely. Now, the temptation to fight back and defend one’s self from the defamation is in play. The interesting question, however, is can you?
This month’s rezooming story focuses on the talented Alisa Strauss, a defense attorney who rezoomed her legal career in 2009 after a 13-year hiatus. The reason Alisa rezoomed her legal career may resonate with many attorneys thinking about rezooming their careers today.
Malpractice claims alleging a conflict of interest have been a serious concern for insurers for years; and as a practicing attorney, you should be concerned as well. These claims can get expensive fast if for no other reason than they almost always boil down to greedy attorney put his or her financial interests above someone else. So not good, particularly if a jury has any say in the matter. So, what next?
Networking and the networks you build are not one way streets. You cannot go to your network and ask for help without being willing or able to offer help as well.
One of the laws that they do not teach you in law school is called the Law of Reciprocity. Are you obeying the law?
Unwanted touching in the work place is conduct that would not be appropriate. Such conduct has been the subject of attorney discipline. But, what about inappropriate communications? Should lawyers be disciplined for that they say?
I would like to suggest that it is now time for solos to consider upgrading their Microsoft Office program to Office 365. This post will tell you why. In addition to making your data and documents accessible from anywhere, Office 365 has some great new features. They allow you to bring the benefits of many of the external apps you currently use under one integrated umbrella. In addition to having everything work together seamlessly, you can save time and even save money when you cancel other subscriptions you no longer need. (This is not an affiliate link…just my experience and opinion.)