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Make Time for Business Development With TIME-SHIFTING

Make Time for Business Development With TIME-SHIFTING

For the 25 years I’ve been coaching lawyers, their #1 excuse for not being more serious about business development (BD) has been “lack of time.” During our planning sessions, after you declare your goal, I ask how much time you’ll commit each week to achieve it. This is the “no matter what,” “never fall below,” […]

SEO SPECIALISTS Share Their Best Tips for Lawyers

SEO SPECIALISTS Share Their Best Tips for Lawyers

This is the question we posed to more than 50 SEO specialists who have done SEO for lawyers. Their answers will provide you with good direction whether you’re formulating your own law firm SEO strategies or just looking for general advice. If you want to improve your own website rankings or your clients’ website listings […]

The Wrong Approach to Selling Professional Services

The Wrong Approach to Selling Professional Services

A dangerous epidemic continues to wash through the business community, especially among professionals selling services. In fact, the problem is so prevalent that I gave it a name— “The Juswanem Syndrome.” Sounds a bit odd, doesn’t it? I’ll explain what it means in minute. But first, let’s set the scene … As I mentioned many times, […]

Are You a Networking Rock Star or Rookie?

Are You a Networking Rock Star or Rookie?

If you’ve read my book The Attorney’s Networking Handbook, you probably know that I am a big fan of effective networking. I use the word “effective” because networking done improperly is just a huge waste of time. There are so many dimensions to networking that we can’t possibly cover them in one column, so I […]

How “Only” Can Make or Break Your Marketing Effort

How “Only” Can Make or Break Your Marketing Effort

One critical function of marketing is to emphasize how you differ from other lawyers. And if you want a substantial marketing advantage, identify your unique characteristics. Really, this isn’t hard. After all, no two attorneys are exactly the same. No other attorney in the world has exactly the same education as you. No other lawyer […]

Overcoming Fear of Success Through Ethical Safeguards

Overcoming Fear of Success Through Ethical Safeguards

Self-employed lawyers rely heavily on their ability to propel their businesses forward—more so than lawyers employed by others or members of large firms. Fail to keep the engines going and your practice will close. Too much propulsion, however, and you might have the opposite problem: a practice thriving beyond your capacity to handle it. Fear […]

Networking: How To Disengage From a Dead-End Conversation

Networking: How To Disengage From a Dead-End Conversation

We’ve all found ourselves trapped in a dead-end conversation at a networking event. Someone drones on about a topic in which you have no interest. Or, it’s simply someone you don’t like. Or, there’s nothing wrong with the topic or the person, but you can’t spend that much time with any one person. You need […]

Seven Words to Learn Before You Apply for Your Next Loan

Seven Words to Learn Before You Apply for Your Next Loan

Growing law firms need cash, but cash can get tight. All firms should have access to reserve cash, such as a line of credit, but applying for a loan can be nerve-wracking— especially when bankers start throwing out unfamiliar terms. One of my clients (now in his second year on the Inc. 5000) needed to […]

Five Steps to Confront Burnout, Addiction And Depression

Five Steps to Confront Burnout, Addiction And Depression

There’s no denying it: Lawyers have the highest behavioral impairment rate of any profession. Research has shown it. It is spotlighted in the media, as in a recent New York Times feature on a lawyer who tragically spiraled into addiction behind closed doors. And in August, the American Bar Association National Task Force on Lawyer […]

White Glove Service for San Diego’s Hospitality Industry

White Glove Service for San Diego’s Hospitality Industry

Driven by Passionate People, Stokes Wagner Provides 5-Star Legal Services to Those in the Business of Spectacular Service “Because high touch service is at the heart of our clients’ operations, it is likewise a part of our fabric at Stokes Wagner,” says Shareholder Peter Maretz. “With San Diego being a premier tourism destination, the Stokes […]

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