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People in general, and lawyers especially, like to know how things work. We all worry that “kids these days” don’t know that the food on their plates isn’t magically generated by the grocery store. We watch videos on YouTube of people sawing common household items in half just to see what is inside. And as lawyers, we know that the evidence we can gather will make or break our cases. Figuring out how stuff works is just something we do. This is why it is surprising that a lot of lawyers cannot explain how they get the majority of the…
Many attorneys do not realize they have access to the digital exhaust potential and current clients have spewed into the world, but every firm that has a standard intake form, maintains a website or posts on social media holds a treasure trove of this information, which is often referred to as “big data.” Big data is a catch-all description of a large data set that can be analyzed to reveal patterns, trends or otherwise hidden information.1 Attorneys who understand what data they possess, and who are not afraid to tap into it, can create, refine and measure the success of…
1. Lighting!The two photos in this post were taken a minute apart. I didn’t change my make-up and I’m not using a filter in either picture. Shutting a curtain that was letting in a lot of light behind me, and turning on my desk lamp made a world of difference. 2. Elevate the camera.Raising the camera up so it is a little bit higher than your eyes helps you looked more poised (and skinnier!). 3. Clean up the background.I prefer the background in the before shot here because there is less stuff in it. To make the “after” picture look…
When people tell me they don’t know what to write about I tell them to write something they would like to read. I took my own advice this year as chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Nonresident Lawyers Division’s communications committee. The NRLD has a blog, but it doesn’t have much content. I challenged myself to come up with some blog topics, and landed on legal-themed travel destinations. It’s a topic I would read about, and something an NRLD member could write about no matter where they live. The first post in the series got featured on Above the
Everything in our lives is going online, and that includes meetings and conferences. After suffering through one annual meeting, and enjoying another, I feel like I have some insights to share with anyone who is preparing for their first virtual conference.  Map Out A Schedule  I can’t sit at my desk and watch a livestream all day. It’s physically and mentally impossible for me. Going forward, I’m only attending the portions of a conference that I need or want to attend. I’m also giving myself permission to leave a presentation if it is not what I expected, so long as…