“This book tells you all you need to know about how to get on.” The Times

“Relatively few books have been written with assistant solicitors in mind, about how to succeed at the business of being a lawyer… fewer still have devised a programme for so doing that runs alongside a book. This book does both.”Law Society (The Law Management Section)

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Take care of yourself through easy meditation

As lawyers we know that things tend to happen at breakneck pace, leading to occasional feelings of being under constant pressure. At these times it’s important that you take care of yourself so you can remain (relatively!) calm and in control. Most lawyers aren’t hugely familiar with tools like meditation, but the truth is, just as your body needs regular exercise to remain fit and healthy, so does your mind. If you already meditate, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. But if you, like me, find it hard to relax, sit still, or even temporarily shut your brain down, then you’re probably already protesting, “I don’t feel comfortable with that New Age stuff. Besides, it’s the fact that my brain’s always rushing around that gives me an edge!” Believe me, I know that feeling. But, like me, you also might just be wrong!

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Charisma. Develop yours!

Charisma. Some people just have it—like my friend Lynn. She’s always the center of attention, as people inevitably seem to gather around her. Lynn has the energy and enthusiasm that holds people’s attention, and when you’re around Lynn you just somehow naturally feel better about yourself.

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Interpersonal skills are more valuable than experience

When Right Management (a part of Manpower, one of the global leaders in recruitment) asked more than 800 senior human resource professionals and other business leaders throughout North America what contributes most to accelerated performance, the results were as follows:

  • Organizational culture/motivational fit 31%

  • Interpersonal behaviors 26%

  • Critical reasoning/judgment 21%

  • Technical skills 12%

  • Relevant experience 11%

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Holiday reading

I’m on holiday now—six glorious weeks in the Italian lakes. Among the many books I’ve brought with me is Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (which I’m actually re-reading). It has many underlined and highlighted passages, as well as asterisks and scribbled notes throughout. This is because I find the message of the book so inspiring, and so relevant to most lawyers.

The simple, condensed message of the book is this….

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Business development 101

The most basic rule of business development is something lawyers often forget. It’s this: tragic as it may seem, clients don’t care about what you do. Instead, they stubbornly persist in caring about their own problems and needs. (Very strange (not!), but true . . . )

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