I’m excited to speak to the NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Fall Symposium today on how to use LinkedIn in a changed marketplace. I’ll be showing attendees, who are in the legal search field, how to create custom graphics (I promise if I can do it, so can you!) like this and how

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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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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What if I told you that there was a cool visual way to view and then request new connections to your LinkedIn network and it was so easy that all you had to do was to hold up your smartphone and scan a QR code?

Well, it exists – pretty exciting, right? (it’s a relatively new feature that was introduced in June 2018) and many people don’t know about it, because LinkedIn doesn’t always do a great job of letting its users know when it makes enhancements to its platform. Take full advantage of this nifty tool and impress the lawyers with whom you work and your colleagues. Also – add this to every presentation you give from now on.
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LinkedIn ads enable organizations to connect with the world’s largest community of business professionals by serving ad content to its members through a variety of products and platforms. Its marketing solutions allow advertisers to select specific characteristics to help them reach their ideal audience.

The ads you see on LinkedIn are targeted to provide content that is supposed to be relevant to you. Here’s the thing though, I don’t know about you, but I find the ads that appear in my LinkedIn news feed to be annoying most of the time.

Unfortunately there is no way to hide them or no level of membership that makes them disappear. But you do have control over your ad preferences. Here’s everything you need to know about LinkedIn ads and its marketing solutions.


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My guess is that many of you have more free time now due to the pandemic, which had slowed down deal flow and litigation activity.

Plus working from home eliminates the need for commuting, giving you extra hours in the day to focus on marketing and business development.

This is a great time to become

The summer is a great time to reconnect with your network and focus on your business development and branding efforts. Here are some ideas on how you can do it using online networking techniques despite the breakdown in personal interactions due to the pandemic:

  • Make it a weekly practice to connect with VIP contacts –

Your professional biography is your opportunity to showcase your work, capabilities and areas of expertise, and what makes you stand out from your competitors.

Many in-house counsel cite lawyer bios as one of THE most important sources of information regarding researching outside lawyers (yes, everyone is Googling you whether you like it or not and your web bio is usually the number one search result of your name). In addition, lawyer bios are among the most visited pages on law firm web sites, further underscoring their importance.

Your bio can serve as an important business development and branding tool if it is well-crafted. Yet within the legal industry, so many bios are still lackluster, outdated, not client-focused or just poorly written.

Given the power of bios, it has always baffled me that many lawyers do not update theirs at least several times a year or write them with a client focus. The new year is a great reason to take a fresh look at your bio and make enhancements to it.

I recently wrote a much longer version of an article on creating a strong, engaging bio for JD Supra, which you can read here. This is an excerpt of that article, which concentrates on the show vs. tell concept, an essential component that many law firm bios are missing. The article also focuses on the idea that all bios should be client-focused and that you should always write for your audience, not your peers. Remember that often, your clients aren’t actually practicing lawyers, and even if they are, the world today isn’t as formal as it used to be (especially as clients are getting younger), so drop the legalese from your vernacular and speak in a more casual tone to your audience. Now let’s get to work!


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I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by the pandemic in some way. It’s a hard time for everyone, including me and I want to give back and help others. I’ve been donating the proceeds of my webinars to charity, but I am going to take it a step further.

I am going to