Halloween around our office is a pretty fun time. Many of us, myself included, are self-proclaimed drama nerds who anxiously await the arrival of Halloween each year. We get to trade in our typical office personas for alter egos or something completely silly and different. The downside to All Hallows’ Eve is the overindulgence of candy. It is so hard to say no, especially to those darn Reese’s peanut butter cups! As I type, I’m eyeing four “goody” bags lined up on my desk from the secret … [Read more...] about Haunted by Halloween Candy Overload?
As Election Day 2016 approaches, another important event is coming up this November as well: the annual Fall Summit hosted by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. The Fall Summit is a semi-annual event for the Academy, providing an opportunity for both learning and relationship building among members and VIP guests. With more than 40 hours of engaging and informative coursework, the Summit provides continuing legal education for attorneys plus the chance to learn about … [Read more...] about Traveling on Election Day? We’ve Got You Covered!
Is our next Boot Camp for you? Mark your calendar and join us next Wednesday to find out! On September 7th at 2pm PT / 5pm ET, the Academy founders, COO, some of our Members, and Kathryn Adams will all join you for a webinar that we like to call, “All About That Boot Camp”. This is the best way to figure out what to expect from our upcoming Boot Camp and Summit this fall. We’re inviting motivated entrepreneurial attorneys who are interested in the secrets to taking their estate planning … [Read more...] about All About That Boot Camp
If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur. Whether your estate planning practice is a small, medium or large law firm, there’s one distinctive characteristic that can be found in every successful firm: teamwork. Of course, that teamwork is created with great hiring, training, follow-up direction, motivation and leadership. It’s the law firm owner or department manager’s job to build a group of creative and enthusiastic A-Players that work cohesively as a … [Read more...] about There Is No ‘I’ in TEAM
The “magic” of social media is almost overwhelming! Are you Linked Up with LinkedIn? Is your face or your law firm on Facebook… have you claimed your AVVO profile, are you writing a blog… or are you waiting for the fad to pass? Nobody is going to fly over law firms and sprinkle fairy dust that removes the need to get with the times so if you’re waiting—you’re letting opportunity pass you by. When you have a chance to put your toe in the water with other opportunities what does the little … [Read more...] about Using Social Media to Make Your Mark
How do you change a negative into a positive? Do you feel stuck doing something you feel that you cannot change? I did, but I found a way to turn it into one of my favorite parts of my day. Let me explain. I love where I live. The community is wonderful with a small town feel. Earlier this month we held a Fourth of July parade on our street that had 30+ children with decorated bikes and scooters. This is exactly where I want to raise my young son. The thing is, I’m 30 miles from the Academy … [Read more...] about What’s Your Commute?
The Spring Summit is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Kansas City. Before you jump on a plane to the City of Fountains, here are some helpful tips. 1. Find out what your airline is charging for checked baggage fees so you know what to expect when checking your bags at the ticket counter. Kayak has a great chart comparing all airline fees. It includes fees for checked baggage, meals, and extra legroom seats. I recommend looking at this website before … [Read more...] about 5 Simple Tips for Traveling
Over the years I’ve learned that more often than not, event attendees remember how you make them feel. A warm reception, personalized materials and having information available before they need to ask for it (restaurant guides if they will have a break in the area, daily agenda details on display, etc.) will make them feel relaxed and ease their mind. It’s the little things that add up to make a big difference. You don’t have to host seminars or events to do an evaluation of how YOU make … [Read more...] about Don’t Overlook the Little Details
We’re wrapping up at the office in anticipation of being onsite at the Academy’s Fall Summit next week. Here at the Academy, our bi-annual Summits are an institution of Membership benefits. Twice a year our Members are given the opportunity to surround themselves with like-minded entrepreneurial attorneys and take time to focus on their businesses. We offer education, marketing and practice management sessions, but the real magic of these events happens not in the classroom but in the hallways, … [Read more...] about From the Desk of the Event Manager