This topic has come up a number of times this year. Some of my clients have left the practice. Deans of students for local law schools have retired. Some of my family members have moved to Florida, to escape the New England winters.
I know that closing the door on your practice life is a significant decision — one that is not to be taken lightly. Lawyers often have only one career path; and, the idea of walking away from it is unsettling, at best.
Retirement means different things to different people, based on their work experience and the meaning that they have attached to it. Witnessing your own family members transitioning into retirement: what they said about it, how they felt about it — that all has a significant effect on your conception of what your own retirement will be, or should be. Continue reading »
I have been asked many times to help people make a distinction between what is healthy and helpful fear versus unhealthy and unhelpful anxiety. The difference between them can be difficult to distinguish at times. One reason for this is because they have the same physiological effects. Healthy fear and unhealthy anxiety both activate our Sympathetic Nervous System which activates the Fight or Flight Syndrome in order to charge us up and prepare us to act (to either run away from or to attack the threat). The clear differences between the two exist in their reaction to compliance and their impact on your life. Continue reading »
The art of presentation is an integral aspect of the legal profession regardless of your particular practice. Whether you are providing direction and counsel to a client, wooing potential referral sources, or influencing a judge or jury at trial, good presentation skills matter. Essential to your presentation skills is the ability to project confidence and power to those you wish to influence. This goes for new and experienced practitioners alike. And, it all begins with the way in which you view yourself. If you don’t believe in your abilities, then how can you persuade others to trust and respect you? Continue reading »