Crushing Chaos with Law Firm Mentor podcast

Crushing Chaos with Law Firm Mentor podcast

Law Firm Mentor is a business coaching service for solo and small law firm attorneys. We help you grow your revenues, crush chaos in business and make more money. The Crushing Chaos podcast will feature successful solos and companies that help us become/remain successful in business, discussing the tools and strategies needed to crush chaos in business and make more money.

Episodes

August 9, 2022 21 min

When we are  talking about role description, we are actually talking about  role differentiation. What are the key differences between a task list and a job description?

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the difference between a task list and a job description.
  • How to make sure that the content you are defining for a job description is not a static idea.
  • When you create a job description add a growth path for the person's futur...
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    School is out for a lot of you that are parents and for a lot of people, the warm months are the time of the year where they like to get away. They like to lawyer at the beach, they like to do a lot of things that will support overall mental health, but of course, rejuvenation so that they can be their best selves. So, of course, we want to make sure that you are planning your law firm in a way that allows you to be able to not jus...

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    A virtual community is about how we stay connected as people, despite the fact that we're not physically working with each other. What's important is how to master your work communications in a way that builds a strong collective culture in your law firm, even when it's virtual or a hybrid of brick and mortar and virtual.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • How to master your work communications in a way that builds a strong co...
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    June 21, 2022 44 min

    We set business goals at the beginning of the year with every intention of meeting them. But life can get messy and this year things got VERY messy. In today’s episode I am going to teach you three strategies you can use to get your business back on track. These are concrete strategies that you can not only use right away but you can work on RIGHT NOW as I outline them for you.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • What to do when you find y...
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    June 16, 2022 10 min

    There's a great skill set that comes with being a people person who knows how to make connections, who knows how to drive engagement, and get people interested in your message. Vanity Marketing, however, is done by those who go into a networking opportunity as an experience of being social and making friends instead of finding a way to get business in the door.

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • Vanity networking means those people...
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    Whether you are a big firm, a solo practice, or something in between - you need process and structure. Today I chat with Steve Fretzin about how he helps his clients by understanding their personalities and leverages that to create processes and structures that give them the best chance to succeed in efficiency. No one has to be terrified of winging it, or feeling like they are flying by the seat of their pants with a proper struct...

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     The major problem with delegation is that you have to develop a rhythm for how you delegate, the same way that you develop a rhythm for how you pay your bills or a rhythm for how you hire your staff or how you market your law firm. If you just kind of pinch-hit and do it here and there, you get pinch-hit results.

     

    In this episode we discuss:

     

  • Develop a rhythm for how you delegate.
  • Practice intentionality around delegating so you...
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    June 7, 2022 26 min
    Email really does require a level of maintenance and I wanted to share the rules that I actually created around email, the email inbox, and why I constantly struggle with email.

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The email requires a level of maintenance.
  • Setting rules and boundaries around communication through emails will help you to prioritize.
  • How to use the tools that are available electronically to manage what is getting in your in...
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    June 3, 2022 18 min

    What are the things that you have to work on in order to get to a place where you are magnetic on stage, where you draw people in, and where you’re able to cultivate either referral relationships or new clients from being in front of people? I have three major strategies for you…

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • How amazing your life can be when you learn the skill of being decisive.
  • Creating what you desire when you have a thought th...
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    Are you making the most out of your network? Make sure that every opportunity, every speaking engagement, every networking event, every referral partnership is one that can produce a snowball effect of opportunity. This episode will include three things that you have to do in order to ensure that your activity and your marketing events are never one and done.

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • Every time you go out, you represent your ...
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    What would life look like if we added two zeros to our personal income? I want you to go with me on a journey to contemplate that for a moment. If you are a law firm owner and you have ever contemplated the idea of adding more money into your business and more money into your personal income, I'm sure you've thought about having more, right? That's kind of the first place that we all start. I don't like what I have ...

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    May 24, 2022 11 min
    Shifting culture takes time. It's not as simple as kind of going in, firing everybody and starting over again because, frankly, most of us can't afford to do that. So, how do you shift the culture? Here’s what to do, and, especially, what NOT to do.

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • Having a reset conversation and following through with new rules.
  • The importance of enforcing the new rules.
  • Hiring people that will fit your cultur...
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    May 20, 2022 18 min
    What do you do when it’s a tight market, but you need people now? Here’s what it comes down to: you have to be more aggressive about going after talent.  How do you do that? Get Off Your Ass and get into action.

     

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • G.O.Y.A. and what it stands for in the context of this podcast.
  • Breaking the habit of waiting for good people to respond to your boring ads.
  • The importance of creating a careers page on your web...
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    May 17, 2022 19 min
    In this episode, we cover a topic fueled by a question posed to me recently by one of our clients here at Law Firm Mentor. The question was, should I be taking calls from prospective new clients on nights and weekends? I always love when this topic comes up because there are a lot of strong opinions out there about the right way to build a law firm and whether or not you should be taking calls during hours that are not your typical...

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    In this episode, we speak with Elizabeth Miller, MBA, Independent Law Firm Administrator and Best Selling Author of “From Lawyer to Law Firm-How to Manage a Successful Law Business”. Liz is the Owner and Founder of Managing the Business of Practicing Law(R), which helps solo, small and mid-size law firms handle administrative matters, including billing time, collection procedures and a host of other business functions.

     

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    May 10, 2022 29 min

    When to sign a long-term contract, and when not to? Society enters into long-term contracts all the time.  But we rarely recognize that it could very easily span a period of time where we might change our position. Yet, somehow, we don't feel that we are somehow being taken advantage of by having a long-term contract.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • Ways you can spot when a long-term contract is appropriate.
  • What is the deliverable ...
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    May 6, 2022 28 min

    How do you grow with a contract attorney? There are times when you need help with your workload. You can actually monetize getting help with the work if you get some initial help from a contract attorney! By doing so, you can dial in some of your delegation systems, so more revenue comes in the door faster.

     

    In this episode we discuss:

  • What type of work do you want your contract attorney to do?
  • Make sure that you build your communi...
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    I'm a big proponent of investing in the right marketing strategy, and including having a digital marketing company on your team at some point. But, if you build your law firm solely through one marketing avenue and focus on-page strategies, or you're throwing your money behind SEO/ pay per click marketing, you are going to be far more vulnerable when there are economic changes.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • Low-cost and free ...
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    April 29, 2022 28 min

    Do you get the money and then hire the person? Or do I hire the person to make the money? Choose the former. Hiring the person to make the money is not just going to support your economic needs in the present, it is also going to fuel the growth of your law firm if you adopt this method. See people as profit in your business and you will have a much better business because you will not be working more than you desire to work in yo...

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    April 26, 2022 30 min

    Are you supposed to market your associate?

    Many have expressed concerns about marketing other lawyers because it takes time to market and there is a risk the lawyer could eventually leave with all of their clients. In the grand scheme though, while it does exist, the risk is nowhere near as omnipresent as people believe. Here’s why…

     

    In this episode we discuss:

  • Three major considerations to figure out the right strategy for marke...
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