In this week’s rainmaking recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, she talks about “failure to implement” syndrome – read on to find out what that means, and how to solve it. I’ll add my two cents as well – when you’re struggling because you have all the information you need to make changes, but you’re just.not.making.them, what you need to do is find your “why.” That is the thing that’s going to get you moving when you don’t feel like making change. It has to be a big enough why that even when you’re tired or frustrated or burned out, you’ll still take action, so it may take some soul searching. But it will be worth it. Read on to see what Jaimie suggests! Continue Reading Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Failure To Implement Syndrome

Just getting it in under the wire – I wanted to take the opportunity to mark the occasion of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking’s 11th Anniversary. Eleven is a lot of years to be writing – I started this blog when I was only four years into my career with the ILN, when I was still finding my way in the legal industry, and it helped me to gain confidence, meet talented, smart people, and engage in thoughtful conversations around interesting topics that were and continue to shape our field. In that time, I’ve published 1,265 posts, a number of them guest posts from amazing contributors. We’ve looked at topics ranging from leadership, the future of the legal, networking, business development, relationship development and more to content marketing, social media (from its first baby steps to where it is now), and legal marketing. I look forward to seeing what the future brings, and hope to continue to bring you interesting content and topics for many years to come!

Over the years, on our anniversary, I’ve shared lessons I’ve learned, tips for blogging or networking, my favorite posts from the past, or the past year. An eleventh anniversary gift is typically supposed to be steel, which represents strength – it’s a good characteristic to have for this year, the year in which I take on the role of Executive Director of my network, navigate new waters, while continuing to stretch and grow, face the coronavirus while making global travel plans and hosting events, embracing new challenges and opportunities. Strength isn’t only internal though – it’s also about the network of support that you have around you, who act as a sounding board, build you up, pick you up, dust you off and throw you back out there when you need it the most. I’m very fortunate to have built one of the strongest support networks I know. Continue Reading Happy 11th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

In this week’s Rainmaking Recommendation post, trainer and expert Jaimie Field talks about breaking the cycle of stopping and starting your business development. Does that sound like you? Read on…

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With all due respect to Susan Powter (who you ask?? keep reading), I’m asking you to “stop the insanity!” Continue Reading Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Stop the Insanity!

We may have had a mild winter (most of us) so far, but let’s be honest, 2020 has been a bit of a slog so far, am I right?

I haven’t talked to anyone who isn’t feeling like we don’t already need a do-over for this year. So much for a fresh decade! (Yes, I know, technically, the new decade starts in 2021, so we’ll revisit this again next year).

But there’s no time like the present to feel like we’re starting over. Who’s to say that today ISN’T the day we start again?

How can we do that? By creating some “WOW” in our relationship development, using these two tips. Continue Reading Two Steps to Create the WOW Factor in Your Relationships

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, UdinkSchepel Advocaten, the Netherlands!
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Continue Reading ILN Firm of the Month – UdinkSchepel, the Netherlands!

This week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field, dovetails nicely with my second tip from this week’s post on “Fixing the Two Biggest Networking Blunders that Lawyers Make.”

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For almost 20 years as a Rainmaking Trainer and Coach, I have been saying the same thing:  It’s not about you.  It’s about them.  “Them” being the prospective, current and former clients.

It’s always been about them, but every year there is a proclamation about the fact that lawyers and law firms must become “client-centric,” and “put the clients first.”  You have been told that it is a buyers’ market (and it is). Continue Reading Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: It’s About Them!

None of us are perfect networkers/relationship builders.

Yes, it seems to come more easily to some than to others, but it’s not an exact science. For the most part, it’s an ever-adapting process that we’re constantly refining based on our current goals and our target’s needs.

But there are a couple of areas that we tend to go astray with building relationships, and that’s where we’re going to focus today. Continue Reading Fixing the Two Biggest Networking Blunders that Lawyers Make

Continuing with the theme of International Networking Week is a post from rainmaking trainer and expert, Jaimie Field, who’s bringing you ten best networking practices for networking events.

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Apparently, according to my friend and colleague, Lindsay Griffiths, the Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network, it’s International Networking Week. I had no idea that there even was such a thing until last year.  It is to celebrate how networking helps business professionals grow their businesses.  Continue Reading Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: 10 Best Networking Practices for Networking Events

It’s February 4th, and that means it’s International Networking Week (I know you all had it on your calendars already!)

Apparently, January is a prime time for networking burn out, and that makes sense. It follows on a long season of holidays and entertaining, when we’re trying to fit in the last of our CLE requirements, meet up with family and friends, and rush to finish all of our end of the year work. So as we kick off February, who is really feeling fresh enough to network again in a way that’s going to effectively develop business for you and your firm?

Let’s look at four tips that will ease you into some networking in a way that doesn’t feel too overbearing, but will still help you to accomplish your goals.  Continue Reading Four Tips to Recover from Networking Burn Out

In today’s rainmaking recommendation, trainer and coach Jaimie Field gives lawyers ten things that may be holding you back from rainmaking success. Do any of these sound familiar to you?

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For years, you’ve promised yourself that you were going to take control of your legal career.  You know that in order to do so, you need to have a book of business.  Continue Reading Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Do You “NO” Why You’re Not a Rainmaker?