Enlightened Rainmaking: Personal Development AND Business Development

It’s no surprise to see all of the articles, podcasts, videos and blog posts on attorney mental health these days.  We have been told that there is an epidemic of depression, drug and alcohol addiction and other mental health issues plaguing our profession. And, while it is wonderful to see that the industry is taking […]

Lawyer Communications with Clients: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”

With all due respect to one of the best prison movies (besides, in this humble blogger’s opinion, The Shawshank Redemption), Cool Hand Luke, the oft-repeated quote in the title of this blog is very apropos to the legal industry. Did you know that the number one reason most clients give for firing their lawyers is […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #162: You Don’t Need to Take Every Client

I’m in a facebook group with a lot of really great attorneys.  And recently, there has been a spate of posts which detail the obnoxiousness that some attorneys face with potential clients who are contacting them. Many lawyers, particularly small firm and solo attorneys, are working with the notion that if they don’t take every […]

Lawyers Need to Ask the Burning Questions!

For years, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute has held the Marketing Partner Forum bringing together thought leaders in the industry to help law firms learn the benefits of, and techniques for, marketing their services.  Okay, that explains it in the simplest of measures, but it is a very high level conference. I have never actually […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #138: The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

There is a lot of chatter lately about whether the legal industry is going to be taken over by technology.  Are lawyers in danger of becoming obsolete? In 2016, the answer is no.  However, that doesn’t mean that certain tasks in which attorneys are currently engaged won’t be taken over by the rise of the machines. In […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #131: The Psychology of Referrals

In the last Rainmaking Recommendation, I mentioned that there is one sure fire, free way to grow your book of business – referrals.  I also said that I would continue this conversation so that you create a systematized way to get the best referrals from clients, prospects and referral sources. However, in order to move […]

Rainmaking Recommendation # 115: Be Amazing!

Being a good lawyer is not enough. Being a great lawyer is not enough. Be an amazing lawyer! According to Google the definition of “Amazing” is “causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.” So, when was the last time you created great surprise or wonder when it comes to your clients?  Your referral sources?  Your prospective […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #112: Why Can’t They Sleep?

Sometimes it’s tough to walk a mile in their shoes – we are so busy taking care of our own lives that it is difficult to think about what worries your clients most. As attorneys, we are tasked with trying to help people with their legal woes.  Whether it is about their business or whether […]

Rainmaking Recommendation # 111:  Your “Red Velvet Rope Policy”

In the late 1970s, two men, Ian Schrager and  Steve Rubell, opened a now famous club called Studio 54. Then they did something incredibly amazing!  They set up a Red Velvet Rope at the entrance to the Disco and then created a policy in which they determined who would, and would not get into this remarkable place. People […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #108: What Do They Want?

You want more clients, right? What do clients want? They want to know that you understand their problems, They want to know that you know how to solve those issues, They want to know that you are listening to them, They want you to be responsive, They want you to communicate with them clearly, They […]