How Not to Become Your Own Personal Injury Case

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Cynthia Lackner, certified Emotional Brain Training Provider

Today on Esquire Coaching Radio, Cynthia Lackner is going to speak about the process she uses to help attorneys stay in balance and out of stress. As an attorney, you might be performing at a high level of excellence, so you are most likely unaware of how you are not in balance but in stress. The problem with that is, over 80% of human suffering and disease is now caused by stress.

Cynthia has a Masters in psychology and is a certified Emotional Brain Training Provider. Her emphasis is on helping attorneys learn how to quickly self-regulate their stress response throughout the day. She has a private practice in Denver and also works with people on the phone, or through SKYPE from around the country and world-wide.She has lectured at the University of Colorado and Denver Law Schools, Lawyers Helping Lawyers board, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers conference and the Colorado Legislative Legal Services.Learning the self-regulation skills and tools takes approximately six 1 hour sessions.
Doctors often refer patients to her to help them destress.

To hear our interview with Cynthia, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Uncomfortable

National Native American Bar AssociationTonight we will be interviewing Mary L. Smith, President of the National Native American Bar Association. She is a Special Counsel & Estate Trust Officer at the Office of Special Deputy Receiver in Chicago, Illinois where she helps manage over 23 entities with approximately $1.5 billion in assets.

Previously, she was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Insurance and part of the senior management team. In this position, Ms. Smith oversaw the Legal Department and, in fiscal year 2013, oversaw the Market Conduct Section, one of the major regulatory functions of the Department of Insurance. Ms. Smith was responsible for coordinating the legal aspects of establishing a health care exchange in Illinois, developing plans for troubled companies, and leading major regulatory settlements that benefit Illinois consumers.

Ms. Smith has also served as Counselor in the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice. In her work in the Civil Division, Ms. Smith focused on national security, consumer protection, constitutional issues, and legislative matters.  She has also spearheaded a reorganization and reinvigoration of the Consumer Protection Branch, which handles consumer litigation including matters involving international fraud schemes.

While in the private sector, Ms. Smith was a Partner in the Chicago office of Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, a women-owned firm, and an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Smith has worked at the highest levels of government including serving in the Clinton White House as Associate Counsel to the President and Associate Director of Policy Planning where she was responsible for a number of policy areas.

In addition to her legal activities, Ms. Smith served on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

To hear our interview with Mary, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

The Business of Law and the Web

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Gyi Tsakalakis, founder of AttorneySync

In today’s ever-changing technological age, it can be overwhelming to keep up with current trends. The Internet has revolutionized the way in which we do business and communicate with one another. For lawyers, the time has never been more critical to create a web presence. Not only does advertising online increase your visibility and offer creative new ways to promote your services, but it has rapidly become the standard by which a business is judged by potential clients.

By correctly utilizing the tools the Internet provides, you can quickly gain a vital advantage in this highly competitive market. In this guide, we will be providing an introduction to the most popular online marketing strategies, as well as helping you get started on building a web presence of your own.

Gyi Tsakalakis founded AttorneySync to help lawyers put their best foot forward online because that’s where clients are looking. As a recovering attorney, Gyi is familiar with the unique considerations of effectively and ethically marketing a law practice.

He regularly writes about legal web marketing for Lawyerist, Avvo’s Lawyernomics Blog and Attorney at Work. He also speaks on the subject for events such as AAJ’s Marketing Seminar and Avvo’s Lawyernomics conference and will be speaking at this year’s State of Search conference on November 17th.

To hear our interview with Gyi, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

Balancing Your Life By Attending to Your Body

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Carolyn Rosenblatt, founder of AgingParents.com

Many in our rather workaholic society value material success, financial accomplishment and other signs of work-related achievement. We may accomplish much but do so at the cost of our most important relationships and our health.

What can we do to overcome society’s pressure to work harder and harder all the time, often at the expense of even a brief vacation?

Some studies show that many Americans don’t even use the vacation time to which they are entitled. We also see a growing problem of obesity in our country and it’s not just childhood obesity that is of concern.

What can we do about this for ourselves as individual professionals with significant work responsibility?

Carolyn Rosenblatt is an RN, Attorney and Consultant on aging issues for families with older loved ones and for those who work with elders. She spent 10 years as a nurse, mainly working with elders and their families. Her 27 year legal career involved representing individuals who were injured, sometimes as a result of nursing home neglect. She founded AgingParents.com in 2007, together with her husband, Dr. Mikol Davis, a psychologist focused on aging issues. She also focuses on healthy aging and leads by example, taking up the triathlon at age 63 and pursuing it to the present. She has been happily married for 32 years and has 2 grown children.

To hear our interview with Carolyn, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

Focusing on Strengths = Success

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by Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Esq. and Kathleen Ashwill

Are you aware that focusing on the strengths of your associates, other employees, and interns strengthens your firm?

It seems obvious, but there can be a tendency to get hung up on how employees are falling behind and ways they need to improve. However, what you give attention to grows, so your firm will benefit from a more powerful focus on associates’ strengths, and on your own. You’ll be amazed at the results you’ll see, not only externally but also within yourself and others.

According to Gallup research, those who utilize their strengths every day in their jobs are six times more likely to be actively engaged as they work. It makes sense – when we’re working on what we’re good at, we feel good about ourselves and want to keep doing what showcases our strong points.

‘What are your strengths?’ is a common question you pose when interviewing potential candidates for your firm. Often, people aren’t even aware of the range of strengths they possess, having been taught primarily to improve their weaknesses. Getting to know oneself is key. Once someone determines how they think, feel, behave, as well as what their “triggers” are, they can identify their natural talents. Building upon those talents is the key to developing strengths which will result in consistent positive performance at work.

It’s likely that as strengths are built, weaknesses will be naturally improved but without the level of stress and resistance that can come when the primary focus is on the weaknesses.

You’ve probably noticed that most businesses don’t focus on strength building; however, the strength-building approach not only raises employee enthusiasm, work ethic, and commitment but is financially beneficial to the business as well. So it’s a win-win for everyone and for all levels of your firm.

A recent Gallup study shows that if a supervisor focuses on strengths, the chances of an employee being actively disengaged are 1/100. However if the supervisor focuses on the weaknesses, the chance of active disengagement rises to 22/100 and if the supervisor ignores the employee, that number comes up to 40/100. So, certainly, negative attention is preferable to no attention, but positive attention makes a dramatic difference.

As you can imagine, focusing on the strengths of your colleagues and using this focus to inform how you delegate tasks improves a sense well-being within your firm. The more we use our strengths, the less likely we are to feel doubt, low self-esteem, worry, stress, or anger. Positive feelings of being energized, fulfilled, rewarded, respected, and at ease are maximized. As you’re boosting productivity and positive feelings, you’ll also be cutting down on sick days, chronic disease, and health-related costs. Talk about a Happy Law Practice!

Take a moment to imagine the relief, ease, connectivity, and productivity that is possible in your firm when you employ this technique more.

Many people do not know their strengths or minimize their usefulness. Assessments such as Strength Finders, Lumina, Myers Briggs, DISC, etc. can help each person in your firm identify their unique strengths. Once understood, it’s important to determine how to maximize those strengths. For example, an individual who is a stronger relationship builder should maximize business development efforts through more in-person meetings; whereas, an introverted person who is an excellent writer should incorporate more writing as a business development tool.

Need direction on integrating this approach within your firm? We can help.

Esquire Coaching features a team of coaches (with a variety of strengths!) who will assist you in administering the foregoing assessments, enhancing your employees’ strengths, as well as fostering a strong strengths-based climate throughout your firm. Please contact us at info@esquirecoaching.com to let us know how we can support you.

When you adopt a strengths-based standpoint, you will be opening your firm up to great opportunities for success.

Tips for Lawyers 101: How to Become the Trusted Adviser & Make an Impression That Lasts

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Deborah Asseraf, Founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions

In tonight’s Esquire Coaching Radio interview, we will be reviewing the ways in which lawyers can quickly become the trusted adviser with clients instead of just an attorney. Too often attorneys are spending thousands of dollars on SEO, Social Media and website design without ever giving a second thought to customer experience. But, here is the hard truth: No one wants another service or product. They want an experience! And by delivering this experience, you are not only positioning yourself as distinct and different but you are also validating your clients needs which securely places you as a trusted adviser.

So, the question remains: How do you create these experiences? 

Deborah Asseraf is Founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, an experiential marketing company helping lawyers, financial advisers and lawyers break through the noise and claim their spotlight through strong, fun & innovative marketing strategies. After working for three years at ABC Television coordinating large-scale galas & concerts, Deborah decided she had her fill of cookie cutter events and started Popcorn Productions in 2013.

Through a combination of laser-focused marketing strategies and creation of innovative exercises and interactive activities, Popcorn Productions helps service professionals stand out from the crowd. Deborah also hosts a bi-monthly women’s networking event, PopEvents, and writes for Epoch Times through her blog Social Pulse.

To hear our interview with Deborah, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

Interview with Esquire Coaching’s CEO

Ann-headshotWe are celebrating Esquire Coaching’s 1-year anniversary!

Here is a statement honoring this milestone from our CEO & President, Ann Jenrette-Thomas:

‘In our first year, we’ve impacted thousands of lawyers across the US through our speeches, social media, radio show & blog, and of course through our coaching programs, encouraging them to step into leadership, develop their businesses, make wellness and self care a priority, and honor WHO they are (their authenticity).

We’ve chartered a NEW paradigm in coaching, one where we help our clients avoid blind spots by pairing them with a TEAM of coaches.

We’ve innovated solutions to empower lawyers to happily succeed in the business of law.

We wrote an Amazon best-selling new release, The Happy Law Practice, and had an innovative telesummit exploring this topic.

We’ve already taken the national stage several times, speaking and presenting for organizations like the ABA, NALP, and SABA-DE, as well as at the Lavender Law Conference.

We are a thought leader on issues of diversity and we equip diverse attorneys with the business development skills and mindset necessary to succeed.

To all of our supporters, to our wonderful team, coaches, consultants, and our amazing clients, we THANK YOU for a tremendous first year.

Together, we WILL accomplish our mission to EMPOWER LAWYERS TO HAPPILY SUCCEED IN THE BUSINESS OF LAW.

This is just the beginning! Thank you!’

To hear our interview with Ann, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.