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.

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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.

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.

Creative Thinking for Lawyers

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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!