Zen & the Art of Legal Networking

Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Virtual Networking Events for Lawyers – 8 Best Practices

In our current reality, many of us are finding ourselves in virtual networking situations (or just virtual business situations!). In this week’s Rainmaking Recommendations post, expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, has some best practices for us on how to make the most of these.

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Lately, I have been attending a lot of virtual networking events.  And while there are many platforms out there that can be used, Zoom seems to be the one used most often, so like using the words Google to mean search engine,  Kleenex to represent tissues, or Band-Aid to denote bandages, I am using Zoom to indicate all virtual networking platforms.

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Lawyers: Answer These Two Questions to Make Your Content Relevant

The saying goes “If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

In modern times, we should be asking ourselves, “If you write an article [insert other content format] and no one reads it, does it matter?”

The short answer is no.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Lawyer Marketing and Business Development After Lockdown

In this week’s Rainmaking Recommendation, trainer and expert, Jaimie Field, talks with us about what to expect post-lockdown.

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Let’s start with the obvious:  Nothing will ever be the same.

And in many instances, this is not a bad thing.

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Keep Showing Up

“Keep Showing Up” is a phrase that Des Linden, an American long distance runner, and winner of the Boston Marathon, repeats often. It’s a mantra that I use in my own running, particularly as I come back from injury and need to regularly remind myself that training is about showing up, even when it’s hard, and even when I don’t want to. I recently put it on a letter board in my office to remind myself of its importance in my life.

But its importance in other ways really crystallized for me recently as the Black Lives Matter movement gained global traction and became something that (as it should) matters too to brands, to white people, to all of us.

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Are You Tone Deaf?

We don’t have a rainmaking recommendation from Jaimie Field this week, but we do have what amounts to a guest post. It’s a thought-provoking piece on the state of what’s going on in the US at the moment, and the impact that should be having on your firm’s messaging. But more than that, it’s about the impact that it should be having on your firm’s policies and practices moving forward, if it hasn’t already. Now is not the time for empty platitudes and social posts, but the time for real, sustainable change, backed up by engagement and education. We’re certainly not there yet here at the ILN, but we’re digging in and doing our part.

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I really thought about not posting a Rainmaking Recommendation for this week.

I thought that no matter what I posted, it would be considered to be inappropriate for what is occurring in the United States and in the world.  But, after spending the past few days on social media (alternately crying and getting supremely angry), not only because of the actual events that have been happening but also because I am seeing a tremendous number of inappropriate posts that seem to just disregard what is going on, I felt I had to say something.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 4: Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova | PETERKA & PARTNERS

In our fourth episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast, we welcomed Pavla Kopeckova Prikrylova, who is a partner with PETERKA & Partners, a Central and Eastern European Law Firm, as well as the chair of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, we discussed why it is more essential than ever for lawyers to be true business advisors for their clients, what the rule of law means in a post-Communist country, and the benefits of working for an agile mid-sized firm when facing a pandemic.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Happy New Year . . . Again!

In this week’s Rainmaking Recommendation, expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, is telling us why she’s celebrating the new year in June.

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This will be a very short Rainmaking Recommendation and I hope you will join me in celebrating a new, new year.

I’ve made a decision.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 4: Attilio Ferrari | FPB Legal, Milan, Italy

In our third episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast, we welcomed Attilio Ferrari, a partner with FPB Legal in Milan, Italy and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Attilio and I discussed emphasizing being a trusted partner over business development, the importance of communication, and how no one is really “smart working” at the moment.

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Two Ways to Use Your Content to Build Relationships

Last week, we talked about content as a means for building relationships, while some of our more traditional methods for relationship-building are on hold. “But HOW do I do that?” you may ask?

Lawyers and law firms often think of content marketing as a solo activity. While you may have a strategy that is firm or practice-wide, in general, you’re thinking of the producers of the content for that strategy as individuals.

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Rainmaking Recommendations: WFH or WFO -It Doesn’t Matter for Rainmaking Purposes

This week’s rainmaking recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, reminds us that whether you’re at home or in the office, you need to be working on building a book of business.

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For most of us, we are nine weeks into working from home (WFH).  (Well, not me.  I am 11 years into working from home.)  And once the initial shock and confusion about how to practice law from your basement, dining table, or if lucky, an actual room that you were able to turn into an office, and the technical issues were solved, many attorneys have been able to do their work.

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