Every few years I get the opportunity to speak with my friend and industry leader Adrian Dayton on a social media panel. This is the year!

Join me and Adrian later this month for a virtual panel at the LMA Midwest Region Tech Conference on 10 pandemic friendly LinkedIn tips your lawyers need to know

As a new entrepreneur myself, here are a few skills I think every entrepreneur should have/cultivate:

  1. Focus
  2. Creativity
  3. Resilience
  4. Humility
  5. Generosity
  6. Flexibility
  7. Communication
  8. Negotiation
  9. Delegation
  10. Leadership
  11. Marketing and sales savvy
  12. Problem solving
  13. Perseverance
  14. Productivity
  15. Grit
  16. Financial literacy
  17. Influence
  18. Relationship building
  19. Self-awareness
  20. Passion
  21. Vision
  22. Project management
  23. Kindness
  24. Imagination
  25. Measured risk taking

What else would you add

Clients come to law firms because they need help finding and implementing solutions – each employee is in essence a legal solution provider and a problem solver. And in a crowded and the unpredictable business climate of today, it is more important than ever to embrace and anticipate changes to meet the shifting needs of clients. Most importantly, we always need to put our clients first and ensure that every employee embraces a client-centric mindset.

Being a great lawyer doesn’t guarantee you a solid book of business anymore. Neither does having a law degree from one of the top schools in the country. None of these fancy credentials matter if you don’t have the right people skills (or emotional intelligence) to connect with clients on a personal level, especially now. 

Because clients regularly hire outside counsel who they’ve known for many years – from law school, a prior firm, a friend of a friend or a past matter – cultivating relationships should be at the heart of everything you do – especially now. It’s important to treat everyone with whom you come into contact as if they could be a future client or referral source, which is a helpful guiding principle in how to interact with your professional network.

Here’s how to develop a more client-centric mindset and build stronger relationships despite the barriers we are facing today during this worldwide pandemic.
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It’s a challenging time for everyone in terms of generating new business right now. If you are a law firm associate or junior partner who has lost momentum on building your book of business and/or brand due to the pandemic, or you’re just starting to think about developing new business, I have a few ideas.

I get a lot of questions about Instagram, and whether an organization or an individual needs a professional Instagram account.

Everyone has to make that determination for themselves based on their business and their marketing goals, and most importantly whether their clients/customers are using that social channel, (I believe it’s better to have fewer social

It’s so easy to be forgotten today when we are not seeing each other in person on a regular basis. That means the onus is on you to maintain relationships with your professional network with the tools you have – and right now that’s virtually.

The most compelling reason to contact someone in your professional

This is not the year to take a break from marketing during the summer. Even under the best circumstances, it’s incredibly important to ensure your clients are happy and that you are consistently generating new sources of leads and referrals.

Here are 25 ideas on how to do that in my JD Supra article,

A great benefit about marketing is that sometimes the lowest hanging fruit can yield major benefits with little effort.

First thing’s first, what does “low-hanging fruit” mean? It is “a thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort.” Since we spend so much time and effort on most of our marketing and business development strategies, it’s nice when we don’t have to work so hard on everything all the time. Sometimes all it takes is picking up the phone, crafting a thoughtful email, using LinkedIn more strategically or just letting Google do the work for you.
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