Rainmaking Recommendation #218: Follow the Yellow Brick Road – An Allegory for Rainmakers

In a very weird walk down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard for new clients and matters,  members of the executive committee of Gale, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, LLP, a 100+ lawyer firm are chanting  “Pandemics, Politics, and Recessions, Oh my,” over and over again through their masks.   James […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #217: What Fears are Keeping You from Becoming a Rainmaker?

Fear. We all have fears.  In fact, I am a trypanophobe and an arachnophobe – which sounds a hell of a lot more impressive than saying I am terrified of hypodermic needles and spiders.  Both phobias have very weird roots in how they started.  It has to do with a nightmare as a child (spiders) […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #215: Build your Network Now! (7 Steps for Building a Network During a Pandemic)

An old Chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.” The reason that I use this to begin my Rainmaking Recommendation this week is that many people, at the beginning of the lockdown, were told that they should use the time at home […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #209: How to Finish 2020 Strong – Part 1: Mindset Matters

Can you finish 2020 strong? That’s an interesting question considering all that we have gone through in the first six months of this year. But, your answer should be “Hell yes! I can finish 2020 strong.”  We have exactly 6 months left to this year.  It is just a matter of changing your strategies and […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #208: Virtual Networking Events for Lawyers –  8 Best Practices

Lately, I have been attending a lot of virtual networking events.  And while there are many platforms out there that can be used, Zoom seems to be the one used most often, so like using the words Google to mean search engine,  Kleenex to represent tissues, or Band-Aid to denote bandages, I am using Zoom […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #205: WFH or WFO – It Doesn’t Matter for Rainmaking Purposes

For most of us, we are nine weeks into working from home (WFH).  (Well, not me.  I am 11 years into working from home.)  And once the initial shock and confusion about how to practice law from your basement, dining table, or if lucky, an actual room that you were able to turn into an […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #196: A Social Media Rant

I actually posted a version of this blog almost 6 years ago.  And, I feel the need to repost (and revise it to reflect 6 more years of being on social media), particularly after what has happened on my various social media channels in the past two weeks. Have we met? Have we connected in […]

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 […]