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 […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #172: A Rainmaking Exercise (Literally)

I have three embarrassing admissions: First, I wrote this article three years ago for Legal Ink Magazine and still have not done much about it, so I have decided to update it and try again. Second, I am writing this because I really need it, probably more than a lot of the readers. And finally, […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #163: Focus on Rainmaking Every Day, But….

Ever since I became a Rainmaking Trainer and Coach more than 16 years ago, I have said over and over again that you need to do some marketing or business development activity every single day. However, recently I was asked a question:  How much time should I spend on marketing and business development activities per […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #154: Gratitude as a Business Strategy

  Next week is Thanksgiving and I have been thinking about the things I am most grateful for this year. If you read the last Rainmaking Recommendation, you will know that it really hasn’t been a great year for me, but I am truly grateful that things are turning around and doing so quicker than […]

Hey Lawyers: Is a 78% Chance of Rainmaking Success Worth It?

In 2007, Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California, conducted a study on goal achievement. The impetus for Matthews’ study was an oft reported treatise which never existed, but to this day is still repeated and used by personal development gurus around the world. The study which I reference is sometimes […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #150: Do Something!

At the beginning of the year, you promised yourself that this was the year you were going to bring in lots of business.  You are going to be a rainmaker. You’ve actually written a rainmaking plan on how you are going to do it (if you haven’t written one or don’t know how, please contact […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #146 New Year’s Resolutions (aka Decisions, Decision, Decisions)

Happy New Year! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? Have you ever made any resolutions in the past?  How many of them did you actually keep? One of the definitions of resolution, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is:                  a firm decision to […]

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 […]

Motivation Mondays: It’s All Excuses

It’s another New Year. Are the resolutions you have the same ones you have had last year?  Did you achieve your goals last year and now have new, even bigger goals or are you just recycling the same ones, year after year? This year, like many of you, I have a list of things I […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #107: What’s Going to Be Different?

This is the last Rainmaking Recommendation of the year.  In two weeks we will start a new year.  This is when people make promises, usually called resolutions, which they will never keep. In fact, according to the University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 45% of Americans usually make resolutions, but only […]