Here’s my secret confession: For most of my life, I felt completely outcast and not wanted by just about everyone. I simply did not feel as if I knew how to fit in – and that felt nearly debilitating. You might be surprised to hear that about me because I probably seem totally different now. And, I am. Today, so many people want to work with me, work for me, date me… even my teenage kids like me! This radical shift has brought about incredible benefits externally, but most importantly it’s changed the way I feel about myself internally. I … Continue reading
As lawyers, we’ve been taught to handle stress and anxiety in ways that are hurting us, our families, and our clients. As crazy as it may seem, we may even think we need stress and anxiety to motivate us. And, if you feel this way, you are absolutely not alone.
There are 525,600 minutes in a year. How do I know? Well, mostly because the Broadway musical “RENT” has a song that goes, “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes… how do you measure a year?” 🙂 And it’s a good question, really. How do you determine the value of your time?
If you missed my big announcement the other day, I’m super excited to finally introduce the Ultimate Attorney podcast. And even better news, the second episode is now available! The Ultimate Attorney podcast is for every lawyer who wants to make the most of their law degree to enjoy a life and law practice that they love. If you want concrete, practical tips to engage more clients at higher fees, while giving yourself more free time, this episode is for you.
You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want to make a change in your life and law practice. Yet, I’m guessing that you haven’t yet taken many actions to make that change. Am I right? Or, maybe you have made some changes, but you want to make more…Of course you do! The traditional law practice model we were all taught is simply not conducive to having a life you love. And, it doesn’t even allow you to serve your clients in the highest and best way possible. You know it. They know it. But few people know what to do about … Continue reading
You’ve heard me say it here repeatedly, the traditional law practice model is broken. And, if you do not make a change in the way you practice law and serve clients, you are going to get caught behind the 8-ball, and keep struggling and maybe even give up the practice of law altogether. And with the rise of technology like estate planning software for lawyers, and do it yourself legal document drafting systems for consumers, you might have extra reasons to think you have to compete on fees to get hired. But, you don’t. And trying to compete on fees … Continue reading
One of the lawyers in our New Law Business Model coaching program recently asked us to help her decide between 4 different potential practice models for her law practice. She wanted to know how much she could make if she was working 5 days a week under the following scenarios: Just the lawyer at the firm handling everything, including drafting documents. Just the lawyer at the firm handling everything, but outsourcing drafting documents. Lawyer and one support staff person handling everything, including drafting documents. Lawyer and one support staff person handling everything, except outsourcing the drafting of documents I thought … Continue reading
“I have a strong background in investment math and cash flow model, so I get this completely… 100%. My question is, Will lawyers understand this?” “I don’t know, but they need to. Because if they can understand this…everything changes.” This week, my copywriter, Eric and I were pow-wow’ing, brainstorming on our marketing campaigns, and getting clear on what you’d need to hear/know to decide if our membership programs are right for you and your law practice. Do you have anyone to brainstorm your monthly marketing campaigns with? If not, you should. And, that’s something we do with our members … Continue reading
Looking for new ways to find clients is a common issue faced by most lawyers. One of our tried and true methods is by hosting public events or speaking at events that your target market already attends. Educating your community through presentations can be one of the best ways to attract new clients and provide valuable information to the community at the same time. However, if not done correctly, it can also turn into a big waste of time that results in you doing more to market for your competition than to get any paying clients. If you’ve ever done … Continue reading
In the end, it’s the feeling of triumph that I remember most clearly. My client had just signed on for my new $5,500 estate planning ‘package’. I was ecstatic. Little did I know that, 2 weeks later, the triumph would be replaced by a massive defeat.