I recently participated in an interesting discussion with a group of law firm partners about the value of newsletters.
About half of the group said that their firm's newsletter was worthwhile overall; but the other half argued that it was a complete...
No. 76 in Ric Willmot's weekly wisdom
"Customer Experiences Drive Your Business" hit a core nerve with me. He
starts by stating "(c)ustomer service shouldn't be a poor man's cousin to
growing your business."...
There are lots of things one can do
from a marketing and business development standpoint to have a successful
practice, whether you are a solo or, quite frankly, a lawyer in any size firm.
Considering the fact that you will have less resources to bring...
Admittedly, I am not a good
listener. I've gotten better, in part because I began listening to my own
preaching. More and more in coaching sessions, I advise lawyers to listen more
than 50% of the time. In fact, more than 80% as they get better...
Now there is a brilliant title,
right? Obviously, any client who sues for malpractice (or even files a
grievance with the state bar), is probably not going to hire you again. Not to
mention how many people they will bad mouth you to. Okay, so that...
A client mentioned to me this week
that things are a little slow, so he has more time to think about marketing.
Too bad! He should have been thinking about his next clients when he was busy.
Yeah, I know, easier said than done. However, when you are...
In our fast-paced world, it seems like such availability is expected. Certainly, a partner at a BigLaw firm apparently thinks associates should, sorta. You can read about it on ABA Journal's Law News Now and Above the Law . In a nutshell, a partner...
Do you feel uncomfortable networking? Maybe better questions include: Do you enjoy helping friends and acquaintances? Are you a good listener? Do you like to party?? Then, you may be better at networking than you think. So, maybe it is the word "networking"...
This post concludes our list of questions to ask top clients. As noted last week , the idea is to pick just a few that fit your situation, schedule a meeting to discuss them, and listen to them while they talk 80% of the time. Whatever the client says...
Most law firms would say, if asked, that they provide excellent client service, or at least very good service. Unfortunately, this self-assessment is not based on fact in most cases. As my friend Stacy West Clark reports, when clients were asked how their...
Okay, you met the ideal prospective client, who had a legal problem you really could have helped them with. BUT, after your conversation which you thought went well, he or she didn't hire you. What's with that?
Well, according to RealPractice's...
Now there is a "rocket science" tip for ya. Is there any lawyer who doesn't understand that ticking off a client undermines their marketing efforts? Heck, not only will a client with a grievance not give you any more business (or referrals...
I have advocated for years the need for client satisfaction interviews as a means of keeping competitors from pirating your clients. Not only do these surveys, especially in-person ones, help to solidify the client relationship, but they let a firm know...
In our world of computer-generated auto-replies ("I'm on vacation" or "I went to the dentist" or "Thank you for your question. In a week and a half, someone will surely get back with you" or "I can't help you...
When an AmLaw 100 senior partner recently asked us for advice on strengthening the relationship with a top client, we recommended asking questions about his client's perception of value. We sent this list. His task was to pick a few key questions...