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 […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #136: Ask!

The past few Rainmaking Recommendations have focused on building referrals. However, the one thing that I haven’t told you to do to get more referrals is to just ask for them. What’s the worst thing that can happen? They say no. But what if – just what if – you have been a great referral […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #135: Create a “Breakfast Club” for Referrals

Last year, the movie “The Breakfast Club” celebrated its 30th anniversary. For those who haven’t seen it (and I cannot image that is a lot of people), it is about 5 high school students from different walks of life who get sentenced to a Saturday detention where they find they have a lot more in common than […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #133: Strategic Referral Partnerships

For the past few Rainmaking Recommendations we have been taking about referrals: That referrals can become the lifeblood of your practice, The psychology of referrals, and How to tell people what you do to get more referrals. Today, I want to discuss Strategic Referral Partnerships. Strategic Referral Partners are the companies and individuals who are […]

Rainmaking Recommendation #132: Want More Referrals? Do They Know What You Do?

When asked by someone – whether at a party, a networking event, at a family reunion – “what do you do?”, too many attorneys answer: “I’m a lawyer.”  Or maybe you switch it up and say: “I’m a __________ (fill in practice area) attorney. You and 1.3 million other people who practice law in the […]

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 # 80: They Think I’m a Pest

The part of Rainmaking that I try to pound into my client’s heads is “follow up, follow up, follow up”. But how many times should you try to get in touch with someone before you become a pest? There is no magic number.  While some may say 3 times, others say 6 times and some […]

Rainmaking Recommendation # 73: Birthday Wishes

Monday, February 4th was my birthday.  I’m not saying this to get more birthday wishes. In fact, I received: 183 wishes on Facebook  – to which I responded individually to each person with a thank you, 5 birthday phone calls –  4 of them from my family members, 3 physical birthday cards (I remember when […]

Rainmaking Recommendation # 59: “If you always do what you’ve always done. . .”

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford (1863-1947), American founder of the Ford Motor Company The above quote is in response to a question I received from a new client who has been practicing law for more than 15 years who, in our first coaching […]

Stick With What You Know!

Recently, on many of the social networks which I frequent, I have noticed attorneys asking questions about practice areas in which they obviously do not practice.  Usually this is from a solo practitioner or small firm attorney.  The post inevitably starts with: “I have potential clients who needs . . .” and continues to ask […]