Rainmaking Recommendation #193: It’s About Them!

For almost 20 years as a Rainmaking Trainer and Coach, I have been saying the same thing:  It’s not about you.  It’s about them.  “Them” being the prospective, current and former clients. It’s always been about them, but every year there is a proclamation about the fact that lawyers and law firms must become “client-centric,” […]

Rainmaking Recommendation # 192: 10 (of Many) Best Networking Practices for Networking Events

Apparently, according to my friend and colleague, Lindsay Griffiths, the Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network, it’s International Networking Week. I had no idea that there even was such a thing until last year.  It is to celebrate how networking helps business professionals grow their businesses.  Heck, if there can be a National Weatherman’s […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #191: Do You “NO” Why You’re Not a Rainmaker?

For years, you’ve promised yourself that you were going to take control of your legal career.  You know that in order to do so, you need to have a book of business.  A book of business that would give you negotiating power with your current firm to become an equity partner; a book of business […]

10 years of Enlightened Rainmaking Blogs

December 5, 2019 is the 10th anniversary of The Enlightened Rainmaker blog.  Last month, I wrote a blog about trying to blog every business day in November.  And I wanted to provide the results and my thoughts on this experiment. I didn’t post a blog every business day in November.  While I could have posted […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #186: The Benefits Of Gratitude on Business Development

In one week’s time, it will be Thanksgiving in the United States.  And, you will probably be feasting with friends and family, watching football games (and probably arguing with them). I believe that many of us have forgotten that Thanksgiving is a time when we are supposed to be grateful for all that we have received during the […]

Content is Still King

In a great article on Forbes entitled Content Marketing is The New PR, Nancy Marshall of Marshall Communications, wrote why content marketing is now becoming the best way to get your name and brand out in the world. The one thing that stood out most in this article for me is a quote she cited […]

An Open Letter to Social Media “Friends”, “Connections”, and “Followers”

Dear Friends, Connections, and Followers: When I first began using social media, I had the great fortune of virtually meeting many people who over the past decade or more have become actual friends. When we first started on social media – Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook – you had actual conversations with people.  It was a […]

The Rainmaker Crisis in Law Firms

I have been talking with a managing partner of a midsize firm lately who admits that there are only a few attorneys in the firm who know how to bring in new clients and that the bulk of the work that is introduced to the firm is originated by him.  As he is beginning to […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #181 – Recommendations, Reviews, and Testimonials (Part 3): How to Deal with Negative Reviews

For the past few Rainmaking Recommendations, we have been discussing recommendations, reviews, and testimonials.   In one we discussed the differences between these; in the second we discussed how to get more. And, in this one, we will be discussing what to do if you receive a negative review.  Remember, testimonials are those accolades that you […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #180 – Recommendations, Reviews, and Testimonials (Part 2): How to Get More

(In part one of this series, the differences between recommendations, reviews, and testimonials were detailed. In part two we will discuss how to get more reviews, And part three will be how to deal with negative reviews.) Recently, I have been offering a complimentary rainmaking training session to attorneys (please feel free to take me […]