Balancing Your Life by Attending to Your Body

Carolyn Rosenblatt

Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, attorney, consultant and founder of AgingParents.com

by Melissa Grau

In today’s society, success is often measured by how well you do in your career. The sad reality is that work-related achievements almost always outweigh your health. Given that lawyers have the highest substance abuse, depression, and suicide rates of all other professions, it is important that you find a comfortable work-life balance to help lower these statistics.

In this episode of Esquire Coaching Radio, Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, attorney, and consultant, joined us to talk about ways that attorneys can balance their lives by focusing on their personal health.

When asked how she made the commitment to a healthier lifestyle, Carolyn responded by saying she has always been interested in health. As a nurse and consultant on aging issues for families and employees working with elders, she felt she couldn’t give advice about health while ignoring her own health.

How were clients supposed to take her guidance seriously if she couldn’t even follow her own advice?

Although Carolyn describes herself as “never having been an athlete,” she always made an effort to be active. Currently, at the age of 66 she is training for a triathlon. She elaborated more by saying, “It just felt incredible to do things I have never done before and to feel more fit, stronger and have better endurance than [I had] when I was 30. And I’m still doing it!”

According to Carolyn, the biggest obstacle attorneys encounter while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is stress. It’s not easy to strike a balance between work and your personal life, but it is a necessary in order to live a healthier life. Attorneys claim they don’t have time to work out. Carolyn’s philosophy is that if you’re serious about being healthy, you will be able to find the time. Whatever your lifestyle is, there is a way to somehow fit exercise within it. Maybe it’s going for a brisk walk during your lunch break or using an at-home fitness bike while watching the news; whatever it is, there is a way to incorporate exercise into your life.

As the baby boomers grow closer to retirement, it is a priority now more than ever to start living a healthy life. Most often lawyers define themselves by their career. Once you retire, you lose that sense of who you are. Living a healthy lifestyle can become a new outlet, a new adventure to embark on during retirement. Retirement is a chance to really focus on your health, turning over a new leaf to become a healthier you. Carolyn goes on to add that experimenting with new things keeps you young, helping to create a new life and identity for yourself after retirement.

Lawyers working today, however, don’t yet have the luxury of enjoying the unlimited amount of free time that retirement brings. Carolyn suggests that in order to get that time to yourself, you need to demand it. Instead of putting in long hours and picking up all the extra work shoveled onto your desk, you need to take the initiative and find a way to get back to focusing on yourself.

In closing, Carolyn left us with the following advice:

“Remember that we as lawyers are more than our brains and legal acumen. We are people. We have hearts and minds and bodies. We have to take care of all of those in order to live a happy life.”

For more from Carolyn, visit her website at www.carolynrosenblatt.com or read her Forbes blog at www.forbes.com/sites/carolynrosenblatt. She is also available by phone at (415) 459-0413 or email at clrosenblatt@gmail.com.

Share with us your stories of how you balance your life. We’d also love to hear your plans for when you retire. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Visit our website at www.esquirecoaching.com to sign up for our newsletter, Elevate!

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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.

Creative Thinking for Lawyers

Creative Thinkingby Melissa Grau

We’ve all been there. You’re staring at the same case, reading and rereading sections and clauses, looking for a loophole. Or maybe you’re stuck looking at your computer screen, trying to find a solution to an ongoing problem. Any way you approach the problem, it’s not going away.

At these times, when you feel like you’ve hit that wall head on, you need to take a step back and look at all your options. Think creatively. Get out of your head and see the whole picture. When you think creatively and see the world through a new lens, you are able to approach the problem from a different angle.

  1. Learn your mindset and its restrictions. In order to get out of your mind, you first have to learn how it works. Know whether you’re a big picture thinker or a small picture thinker. Do you need to make a flow chart to brainstorm or does jotting things down work better for you? Do you prefer thinking things through beginning to end? Try thinking from the end to the beginning. Whatever your norm, switch it. Expand your mind from thinking one way to thinking another. You’d be surprised the things you learn about yourself and your cases when you approach things with a different mindset.
  2. Schedule creative time. Use this time to explore your creativity through a new outlet, whether it’s learning to play the piano or picking up a paintbrush. Whatever you choose, however, be sure to devote time to your new outlet and honor that commitment. Being in tune with your creative side when you’re off the clock will help you to summon that same creativity when you’re on the clock, working to break through your case’s current roadblock.
  3. Take breaks. Staring at the same view from your desk day after day is mentally exhausting. Give yourself a break to get your creative juices flowing. Take a walk during your lunch or take a phone call outside. Whatever it may be, just switch up your scenery. When you come back and sit down at your desk, ready to take on that same case, you might have recharged your brain just enough to find a solution.
  4. Revamp and reuse. Take a look at the systems and processes in place around you. What factors come into play? How do they fulfill their purpose? Apply these same principles to the problems facing you. Take a system and revamp it to meet your needs, finding a solution and moving forward. The trick to this tip, however, is being able to transfer the concept of one entity to a completely different entity. This forces your mind to think out of the box solving a problem in an abstract way. Try applying this approach to the latest problem within your firm. Maybe you need a new way to bring in clients. Review other industries’ systems. Maybe you need a stronger platform for your social media outlets. Look at how Apple markets their products. Whatever it may be, the solution to a problem is never far off and often right in front of you.
  5. Brainstorm. The best ideas frequently come from a group setting. This way, each idea has been critiqued from every angle by a plethora of different minds. Dynamic groups are able to bounce ideas off one another, building and rebuilding until the perfect model is created. Use this tactic to your advantage. Form a group of colleagues to brainstorm solutions with you. Compile a list and then go through each proposed item and discuss the pros and cons, possible shortcomings, and the expected results. It’s amazing how the combined power of multiple minds can result in an extraordinary idea.

Any way you try and solve a problem, the end result ultimately depends on you. The outcome depends on how you approach a situation, the way you think about the situation, and even the way you interpret the situation. Keeping these three major components in mind will make your life notably easier when using creative thinking to problem solve. Always remember that the solution, more often than not, is right in front of you; however, it’s your mindset that is preventing you from seeing it. I wish you the best of luck in cultivating your creative thinking skills!

If you are interested in receiving one-on-one support, email us at info@esquirecoaching.com for a complimentary consultation. Don’t forget to share your progress on the Esquire Coaching Facebook page as well as LinkedIn. Tweet @EsquireCoaching your own personal tips on how you apply creative thinking to life as a lawyer! I look forward to hearing from you!

Secrets to a Successful & Happy Law Practice… RSVP TODAY for this presentation!

SABA flyerSubstantive legal knowledge and good law school grades are not enough. If you want to have a thriving legal career, you must be able to engage the people around you – from clients and prospects, to colleagues and partners, and perhaps the public at large. More importantly, you need to know how to “hit the ground running” with skills that aren’t taught in law schools.

In this presentation, Ann Jenrette-Thomas, co-author of The Happy Law Practice and founder of Esquire Coaching will teach you how to:

  • cultivate workplace savvy so you can stand out from the crowd, get better assignments, and develop key relationships,
  • think like a rainmaker so you become an invaluable asset to your firm and secure future success, and
  • act strategically so you can leverage your actions with less stress

Presented by SABA-DE (South Asian Bar Association of Delaware)

Hosted by

Skadden

One Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE

Monday, July 21, 2014

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch provided. Registration is free.

Please RSVP by July 14th to info@EsquireCoaching.com

Video Charisma: Secrets to Using Video to Get Seen, Get Known & Get Business!

RuthShermanHeadshot_newAs a lawyer, you’ve been taught, “the work speaks for itself,” as if clients will just find you in the vast sea of competition. The truth is, you’re running a business and you must find ways to distinguish and market yourself, to let prospective clients know you’re out there, to persuade them to give you a chance.

One of the most powerful tools you have at your fingertips is video.

Video builds know, like, and trust faster than just about anything else. And there is more good news: Few businesses – and even fewer lawyers – have exploited this proven medium. They think video isn’t for them, or they dislike the idea of being on-camera, or the technology seems overwhelming, or they think they don’t have the budget.

Over 20 years ago, “Speech & Media Trainer to the Stars,” Ruth Sherman, M.A., set out to fix that by using skills and training learned as a successful New York City performer to teach business professionals to perform on-stage and on-camera, what Ruth calls Platform and VideoCharisma.

Ruth is certain about two things: First, everyone has a unique Charisma (presence) and can uncover it, enabling them to eliminate barriers, connect deeply with audiences, and convert them into high-paying customers. Second, most people won’t do what it takes, so if you do, you have a default competitive advantage. Instead of boring, you become a magnet.

Ruth’s clients include top global CEOs, Oscar-winning movie stars and international celebrities.

Join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.