Be a Better Lawyer with Dina Cataldo

Be a Better Lawyer with Dina Cataldo

Driven to accomplish more in your life and law practice but tired of the grind? No matter how much you've accomplished or how many degrees you have, you can struggle with self-doubt and worry. You can still fear failure and wonder if you can cut it. These feelings push you to work harder to prove yourself...and eventually to burnout. This podcast isn't just about being a "better" lawyer. It's about developing the confidence and mental skills to live your life intentionally. Skills no one taught us in law school. In each episode, Master Certified Coach for Lawyers Dina Cataldo, will help you unravel social conditioning and your own beliefs about your capabilities, so you can reduce anxiety and feel more confident. When you do, you can create a life you love. One of the foundations for designing a life you love is learning how to manage your time. Time is our most valuable resource. When you have more of it, you have the space to think and design your life intentionally. You can make more time each week by downloading the Busy Lawyer's Ultimate Time Management Guide here:


October 1, 2023 49 mins

Today you'll hear from Jim Fortin. He's is a leader in transformational coaching, and he's a big reason I coach lawyers.

This episode is for yo...

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You may be an amazing attorney bringing in tons of referrals.

But do you have control of the leads you bring in?

Whether you're building your own law practice or you're a partner bringing in business for your firm, today is a Masterclass in bringing in clients.

There are 7 blocks I see to lawyers building their business, and I want to help you tear them down, so you can build your business easier and more sustainably.

You'll learn ...

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September 21, 2023 29 mins

Last week we talked about how to become a powerful creator in your life.

This week, we're talking about a potent strategy to help yourself become that powerful creator both in your law practice and in your life: your words.

You may not pay attention to the words you use, but word...

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September 14, 2023 26 mins

You get to intentionally design your life. But so often we let inertia prevent us from creating change.

In this episode, learn how to become a powerful creator in your life and your law practice and get inspired to take action to make the change you want.


I help lawyers take control of their practice, find fulfillment and create a life they love.

Work with me to start implementing what...

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September 7, 2023 44 mins

Panic isn't something lawyers like to talk about because it feels vulnerable to talk about.

Not only that, but feeling panicked can be paralyzing; we get a sense of overwhelm and don't know what to do to get out of it.

Panic clouds our thinking and decision-making abilities.

What if I told you that you have more power over it than you think?

Inside this episode of Be a Better Lawyer Podcast, you'll learn:

  • what causes panic
  • wha...
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August 31, 2023 24 mins

Today, you’ll learn the two key aspects of thought work most lawyers miss whether you’ve been doing this work for a while or are brand new to it.

These two aspects were what I was missing for the longest time.

Knowing the mindset basics we talked about in last week's episode helped me feel better, and I could see changes, but...

Bigger changes were waiting for me after I learn...

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August 24, 2023 18 mins

This is a Masterclass on Mindset that’s essential for anyone who’s a student of this work.

I decided to break this topic up into two parts.

These episodes work with each other so don’t skip this one if you think you know the material already.

In Part One of Mindset Essentials, you're going to learn:

👉 the difference between mindset and thought work

👉 how mindset determines your identity

👉 two common mistakes I see when people tr...

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August 17, 2023 21 mins

How does your law practice feel?

Hard? Scary?

Anxious? Nauseous?

Easy? Calm?

Peaceful? Joyful? 

Pick one feeling that is the most predominant.

This feeling you have in your body right now comes from what you’re thinking about your law practice.

This feeling is the foundation you're building your law practice on.

Think of your law practice as a house.

The foundation of the house needs to be solid, steady and level.

If it’s not, the ...

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August 10, 2023 19 mins

When was the last time you felt resentful?

All of us have felt resentment before, but most of us don't know what to do about it.

Staying stuck in resentment prevents us from creating open lines of communication and asking for what we want.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer Podcast, you'll learn how to:

✅ notice when you're stuck in resentment (before it causes problems)

✅ get unstuck and find out what you want

✅ figure out what...

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August 3, 2023 28 mins

Ever wonder why you're not making the progress you want to see in your law practice or your life?

You're a go-getter who works hard and gets things done.

So what's happening?

It could be because you're over-learning.

What's over-learning?

So glad you asked.

In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer Podcast:

✅ you'll learn what over-learning is, and ho...

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July 27, 2023 20 mins

Ever thought about changing up your appearance?

You think about wearing red lipstick, but you hear a voice telling you, “That’s too much.”

You want to wear a flashier suit, and you hear a voice asking, “What will people think?”

You consider changing your hairstyle or hair color, but a voice says, “Mmm, that’s probably not a great idea.”

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July 20, 2023 21 mins

Today's Be a Better Lawyer is all about feeling good, my friend.

I'm sharing a tool I use with my clients to help them regulate their nervous system whenever they feel an emotion like stress, anxiety, overwhelm, shame, guilt, or any other unwanted emotion.

When you practice processing your emotions with this tool instead of avoiding or pushing them away, you'll be better able to access the part of your brain that problem-solves and...

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Chances are, if you’re here, you want change. You want to evolve and expand.

But in case you’re new to this podcast and aren’t sold on change, I want to ask you a question:

Are you happy with where you are right now?

I hope you are.

Even if you are though, do you want to change anything in your life?

Do you want to feel more organized, more present,...

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July 6, 2023 16 mins

What makes you significant?

Is it your accomplishments?

What other people think about you?

Or maybe, is it something else entirely?

We all want to feel significant, but I'm...

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While I was a criminal prosecutor, I started building my coaching practice helping lawyers take control of their time and intentionally design a life they love.

When I started this business-building journey, I didn't realize how differently I'd need to think transitioning from working as a lawyer to thinking as an entrepreneur.

In today's episode, I share 6 lessons learned that made growing my business easier.

Apply these to your l...

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Today we're talking about how to use ChatGPT in your Law Practice.

ChatGPT can make your life easier, but there are some concerns you'll want to be aware of before you put it into practice.

In this episode we're covering:


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I love the idea of where we live, work and play being a temple, and I wanted to create an episode for you to get awareness around the places you spend time and how you feel in them.

When you do, it will powerfully impact your quality of life.

This is something I’m doing in each l...

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June 8, 2023 17 mins

A value is something we hold dear to us.

It’s part of an image of who we are and what we want to project to the world.

Most of us think we know what our values are, but if we take a closer look, a lot of our actions may prove otherwise.

We may find we're not living in alignment with the values we tell ourselves we have.

By the en...

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June 1, 2023 34 mins

Do you know there's a problem with your assistant or associate but you keep putting off doing anything about it?

This is how you know you're avoiding:

👉 you don't make time for meetings with them, or

👉 you feel resentful and angry towards them but tell yourself, "There's nothing I can do," or

👉 you hope they'll magically get better over time

Sound familiar?

You may think that the problem is with the employee.

The actual problem ...

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May 25, 2023 38 mins

One of the things I hear most from lawyers is that they can't follow through.

They think the problem is they need more discipline or they're lazy. 

But if you're driven to succeed that's definitely not the case.

There's a very different problem happening in our brain that we have little or no awareness of.

Once we do, it becomes much easier to build the muscle of follow through.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • why you're having...
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