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Here’s how to easily fix one of the worst networking mistakes.

Take 200 business cards out of your desk drawer, bring them home, and scatter them around your life. Distribute them everywhere you may later find you need them. More detail on this is below. But first some...more

Business Development Education is Key to a Law Firm’s Success

A key component of my position as Director of Marketing and Business Development at a law firm, is to educate. As many new attorneys in private practice quickly realize, marketing and business development are generally not...more

Nailing the Fundamentals – Connecting the Dots to Grow a Client Relationship

Solving a client’s business issues if you don’t know the solutions or services your firm has to offer can be like trying to solve a jig-saw puzzle without all the pieces....more

New Retreat, CLE, and Marketing-Training Video

I’m delighted to (finally) have a demo video showcasing my law firm keynote, firm retreat, and marketing-training presentations.  I’ve been filming most of my speeches lately because many in-house marketers, administrators,...more

Myrland Marketing Motivation: I Don’t Have Time.

Myrland Marketing Motivation, A Little Virtual Encouragement To Start Your Week. More Motivation Than Marketing. It’s A Monday Kind Of Thing! How many times do you think or say “I don’t have time?”...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: LinkedIn for Lawyers

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site with a membership of more than 300 million professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. LinkedIn serves as an online resumé, offers the ability to...more

How to Increase the Value of Your Business and See More Green

A general rule in your financial success in business is that you cannot increase profits directly, only indirectly. You must have a specific strategy. The only thing that you can do to increase profits is to improve the...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: Best Practices Guide

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADD VALUE AND GENERATE BUSINESS - Social media is an essential marketing and business development tool. Lawyers and law firms now recognize that social media is a valuable tool for branding and...more

Build Your Network Like a Roman: Now…Before You Need It

During the early days of the Roman Empire, the Romans lost a war. They lost because they couldn’t support and resupply their armies out in the marshlands between Rome and their allies in Capua. Thirty years later, hostilities...more

Million Dollar Martini: How to Shake Up Your Network and Mix Up Big Deals

You’ve taken the traditional marketing routes: ads in the local paper, perhaps a quick spot on the radio or a basic web page. But, how do you mix in that extra ingredient that will put your company on top? What can push your...more

How to Ask for Work

“Teach me how to close…I need help with ‘the ask’.” This a common request from many of my new coaching clients. Many come to me with reasonably healthy lists of good quality contacts. They seem very well connected, go to...more

Is It Time for Marketing and Business Development Courses in Law School?

Why don’t more law schools offer courses that teach the basics of branding, marketing and business development? This would have been unheard of fifteen years ago (when I first joined the legal industry), but today . . . only...more

Law Firm Business Development: Should you conduct a Go-To-Market Assessment?

Is your firm missing its revenue targets? Is firm leadership struggling with marketing and business development investment decisions? Is it clear to the lawyers what the marketing and business development department can do...more

The ONE Thing You Must Do In Your Practice Every Day

You already know that you have to turn on the lights in your office. You have to turn on your laptop. You have to wake up the copier. You have to pay your bills. …and dozens of other duties that...more

JDB 085: Proven Strategies for Getting Clients NOW!

My practice is proof that creating a robust content marketing strategy and then following through on it can be very effective and profitable in building a law practice. But it takes time – a lot of time. And when bills...more

Your Solo Law Practice Can Compete Against Big Budget Law Firms

I regularly speak with solo and mid-sized firms who feel they won’t be able to compete against those who have large marketing budgets. This concern is more than understandable. It is, after all, intimidating to think...more

Law Firm Business Development: What Do You Mean by “Marketing”?

The vast majority of our clients devote a certain amount of non-billable time to “Marketing.” The amount of hours vary from firm-to-firm, but are usually around 10% of total billable hours on an annual basis. In many cases,...more

Established Industries; Reverse Approach

You know that ultra-confusing quote that states “the more things change, the more they stay the same?” Think about it for a minute in terms of stenography and marketing....more

Cross Selling Sucks. Here Are 18 Reasons Why. (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part post describing why Cross Selling (or “cross-marketing,” or “cross-servicing”) is much more difficult than most professional-services firms believe. Below are additional reasons...more

Splitting Hairs on Marketing ROI

Numerous times in the past I have been asked to weigh in on marketing’s impact on business development. And, while instances certainly do occur whereby clients specifically cite reading a blog post or seeing a name in the...more

JDB 067: What Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Building a Better Law Firm

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Bankruptcy Leadership Summit that is put on by Dave Ramsey in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is geared towards helping bankruptcy lawyers build and run a better law practice...more

Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

Lawyers in the Problem-Spotting Business

During the 2015 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, keynote speaker Daniel Pink discussed many themes related to the role sales plays in the lawyer-client relationship. For decades, lawyers have pushed back...more

Rethinking Blogs

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about blogs – a topic sure to inspire guffaws from a generation older than mine and a word that is quickly becoming dated to a generation younger than me. Blogs began as...more

Big Data? How About No Data?

There’s a joke that 50 percent of marketing is effective, we just don’t know which 50 percent. The joke is even more exaggerated at large law firms, which tend to overlook marketing and business-development metrics....more

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