As we started to discuss last week, in the realm of legal practice, mastering soft skills is just as crucial as understanding the law itself. One such skill that often requires refinement is the art of presentation. Whether you’re a fledgling attorney or a seasoned professional, effective presentation skills can significantly bolster your career trajectory.

Continue Reading 4 Key Strategies for Mastering Legal Presentations

In today’s hyper-connected world, our devices keep us tethered to work even during off-hours. While taking breaks is crucial for well-being, being responsive remains a cornerstone of client and business relationships. Yet, it’s surprising how often this simple aspect is overlooked.

It’s a major pet peeve of mine when emails go unanswered, and I know many share this sentiment. Let’s delve into why responsiveness matters and how it’s an easy fix.

Continue Reading Responsiveness: The Overlooked Key to Building Successful Client Relationships in the Digital Age

As the legal landscape evolves, mastering soft skills alongside legal expertise is crucial for success. While the industry continues to change, certain foundational skills remain essential for lawyers at every career stage.

As I mentioned last week, I planned to update some of my older posts to ensure that they’re still relevant for a modern audience (I **wanted** to write a post to celebrate fifteen years of blogging this week, but the time slipped away from me, so stay tuned for that – better late than never, right?).

Continue Reading Essential Soft Skills for Modern Lawyers: Navigating the Legal Landscape

Over the last few years, we have offered a program to our young lawyers, which is an introduction to the ILN that includes networking opportunities, business development, and presentations on international business.

We also like to discuss specific topics that our young lawyers have identified as relevant to them – to that end, I’ll be sharing some of those topics here on Zen for you, starting with our first one, personal branding.

Continue Reading Your Professional Identity: Personal Branding in the Legal Industry

In today’s landscape of business and relationship development, sharing content has become a cornerstone strategy. While it might seem counterintuitive to share the limelight with others by quoting or referencing them in your articles and posts, it’s not only essential but also a savvy business development practice. Here’s why:

Continue Reading Sharing the Spotlight: Amplify Your Business Growth Through Strategic Content Collaboration

Ever feel overwhelmed by marketing jargon? You’re not alone. Let’s demystify some buzzwords and explore how you’re likely already engaging in effective relationship-building through your content. This all might sound a little bit scary, but I promise, once we get rid of the jargon, you’re going to realize how accessible to you it all is!

Continue Reading Turning Content into Connections: The Power of Relationship Marketing

Lawyers understand better than most the significance of words – after all, who comprehends more than a contract lawyer that a subtle clause can either seal or sabotage a deal?

Yet, who better than your marketing team realizes that “marketing” often carries negative connotations?

Continue Reading Lawyering 101: Marketing is in the Fine Print – How Every Interaction Shapes Your Brand

Alishan Naqvee is the founding partner of LexCounsel, one of the ILN’s member firms in India. In this episode, Alishan and Lindsay delve into several serious and interesting topics, from the very different and yet linked internal and external challenges of managing a law firm to the changing landscape of the legal industry for corporate lawyers or “boardroom lawyers” to the potential impact of AI on the industry.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

Continue Reading Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Alishan Naqvee, LexCounsel

My January did NOT roll in with gusto, making me feel all fresh and new and like I could tackle the world. Instead, I’m dealing with an elderly dog with glaucoma, dementia, arthritis, and a new diagnosis of a bulging disc from when my other dog accidentally pushed him down a full staircase – in the top five for most terrifying moments of my life.

But I recently saw a post on Instagram that said “Reminder that January can be a month of rest & reflection instead of resolutions. Look around you, we’re in the thick of winter and everything else comes back to life in spring! We don’t need to rush into the new year, we can get to spring gently.”

Continue Reading Reviving Your Mojo: Faking It Till You Make It!

Tamsin Kaplan is a shareholder, employment lawyer, and business litigator with Davis Malm, the ILN’s member firm for Massachusetts. In this episode, Lindsay and Tamsin discuss the importance of corporate housekeeping for employment law, what makes having an employment lawyer on your side as a business so essential, and her very hidden talent!

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

Continue Reading Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Tamsin Kaplan, Davis Malm