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This week we continue our quest to decrease stress and improving decision making. That is why we are considering the seasonal decision fatigue and five simple things you can do to combat it right now. #1 - Make a dump list. Make a dump list of everything you have going on. Big and little put it on there. While you are making the list try to simply …
 
This time of year has suddenly become very busy for us and we have heard from many of you that the same is true. That got us thinking about decision making, specifically big decisions. Not every day is the same when decision making is concerned. Here is a framework to help you decide whether today is a good day or a bad day to make a big decision. …
 
Helping you build a strong professional network is the mission behind Lawyers Who Launch. This may be surprising, but there are times when you may need to intentionally pause your networking efforts during a particularly busy season of life. Putting a pause on networking may seem counterproductive, but it is in fact the opposite. We all have differ…
 
This fall Haley has spent time within her firm looking for summer associates. Now that the interviews are done, she is sharing three lessons learned from her perspective as an interviewer. #1 - If you have the opportunity to interview in person - do it. Virtual interviews are part of our regular life and if that is all that you can manage that is f…
 
This week Haley brought some wisdom from a book to discuss. She read “The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch: Taking Action, Driving Change, Getting Results” by Joni Wickham. While there were many gems throughout the book, today’s inspiration is one of Joni’s 10 leadership sessions - know a crisis when you see it. In her book, Joni shared a framew…
 
This week we are sharing four fall networking tips to help you kick off the year and set yourself up for success. Tip #1 - Prepare Before You Network Take some time to think about who you are and what you are looking for. Write it down. Practice it out loud until it feels natural. You want to appear polished and not scripted. While you prepare thin…
 
If you’ve been with us for awhile you know that we love to talk about creating and developing mutually beneficial networking relationships. Today we are focusing a bit more on that “mutually beneficial” part and discussing why and how you can expand your networking for the benefit of others. This expansion is critical for the success of younger att…
 
This week were have been inspired by Elyse Myers @elyse_myers on Instagram telling us all that sometime you just have to “do it scared.” Law school was hard and scary and intimidating for us and it still is for most of you. From day one (and what felt like every day afterward) we both questioned whether we should be there and whether we would make …
 
Even though we may not be students anymore, the transition from summer to fall still feels like the beginning of a new chapter to us. We think this is the perfect opportunity for some networking reflection. To do this, we have a simple four question model that will guide us through the reflection into a plan for the rest of the calendar year. Quest…
 
In honor of all of the bar exam takers last week, we are celebrating! The bar exam is a notorious milestone, for good reason. If you have ever taken the bar exam you understand why it has this reputation. No matter the results, just making in to the point of completing the examination is an accomplishment that cannot be overlooked. Take this as a s…
 
This week we had the opportunity to speak with attorney and author of Balance is Bullsh*t - Ashley Manzi. When Ashley started writing a blog about her life as a mom while working as a full time attorney she never would have imagined that years later she would have the opportunity to turn it into a book. We sat down with Ashley and discussed her jou…
 
Taking final exams and waiting for your final grades can be excruciating. If you are disappointed in a grade that you received, take a deep breath. We are here for you. While we are not saying that grades are not important, your grades do not define you. Your transcript does not measure your ability to learn practical skills, real legal skills, or …
 
We have long advocated for mission statements, both professional and personal. This week we are taking it a step further and talking about why law firm mission statements are beneficial and how to get started. A mission statement is a summation of your goals and values. It answers why you do the work you do the way that you do it. As an attorney, h…
 
We are now officially in summer mode. While that means the days are longer and the weather is warm, our calendars and to do lists are busting with new projects and obligations. This week we are sharing five wellness tips to help you avoid burnout and enjoy all of the fun that this time of year has to offer. Wellness Tip 1 Schedule breaks. Then actu…
 
When you are looking at your task list at work, or your pile of files, or your ever growing inbox of unread emails you may feel like groaning. But if we tried reframing our daily attorney work, our continuing education, and our networking from “have to” to “get to.” This is not a magic fix-all solution and we certainly are not telling you that you …
 
Whether you have a plan that just needs a bit of a recharge or you have no plan at all - this refresh is for you. Step 1 - Evaluate your networking goals. Networking is about relationships. Strong networking relationships are mutually beneficial professional relationships. As you start to develop a plan that works for you and your practice area, ke…
 
This week we are sharing more effective networking planning. Speaking engagements are an efficient way to network. We share our thoughts on why, as well as practical tips for booking your next speaking engagement. As an attorney, speaking about a legal topic expands your network in a variety of ways. It associates your name with your practice area …
 
Embrace New Experiences Not all practice areas are created equal. You may find yourself with an opportunity in an area of law you may not have considered before, give it a try. We both could not have imagined where our careers have taken us and if we did not keep ourselves open to new opportunities we would not be where we are. Keep in mind that if…
 
As we celebrate one year of Lawyers Who Launch, we wanted to share more of our origin story with you all. The inspiration for everything we do came from challenging times and was nurtured by our friendship. Take networking connections and building them into mutually beneficial relationships is at the heart of what we do. The best networking connect…
 
How do you find confidence when networking? Confidence starts with having a plan–think about who you are and what you want and practice how you will convey that to others. If you’ve done that preparation, it will be MUCH easier to find that confidence to walk up to someone at a networking event. Preparation is key and once you actually start talkin…
 
In episode #47, we talked about some mindset shifts introverted attorneys can make about networking to make networking feel less overwhelming. To help you overcome those concerns, we are sharing 5 tips to take with you for your next networking event. Tip #1 - Look for opportunities to network in places where you already feel comfortable. Think abou…
 
Welcome back to Part 3 of the Lawyers Who Podcast mini-series. In Part 1, Episode #46, we covered how to hone in on your niche, topic, and format. We also gave you some homework. Part 1 is definitely the place to start if you are considering starting your own podcast. In Part 2, Episode #48, we built on Part 1. We discussed choosing a name, the mec…
 
In honor of 50 podcast episodes, we are sharing our best networking tips from some of those episodes. The Law Student’s Guide to Networking - Episode #27 In Episode #27, we shared our networking philosophy, which serves as the foundation for all the advice we give to law students and attorneys. Our networking philosophy is to make a connection, est…
 
We are sharing 6 reasons why we think small firms are a great place to start your legal career. #1 - Exposure to Legal Work Immediately Small firms do not often have the time or space for a formal training or an elaborate onboarding program. You will start working on a variety of tasks your first day. Hitting the ground running can be intimidating,…
 
Welcome back to part II of the Lawyers Who Podcast mini-series. In part I we covered how to hone in on your niche, topic, and format. We also gave you some homework. If you are considering starting your own podcast, part I of the Lawyers Who Podcast mini-series is not to be missed. This week we are going to build from there. We will discuss choosin…
 
A common perception of lawyers is that they are all outspoken extroverts, but while that is true for some, introverted lawyers are just as common as extroverted lawyers. To be successful in your legal practice you need to network, but you can network very successfully even if you feel introverted, shy, anxious, nervous, or like an imposter. We have…
 
As we approach 50 episodes and our first podcasting anniversary, we have been thinking back to where it all began. Over the last year we have talked with so many of you about how we got started in podcasting and about your fears surrounding podcasting that we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share our podcasting story along with all…
 
Welcome back for the third installment of our mini-series - Summer Associates are Made in the Winter. In part 1 we discussed how to get yourself set up to find the best summer role for you. In part 2 we did a deep dive into the application process and landing that coveted position. Finally, in part 3 we give you tips and strategies to make the most…
 
This week Amy takes the lead as she shares her view on a deeper meaning in estate planning. Since her clerkship, Amy is faced with two unavoidable aspects of everyday life - death and taxes. By examining a deeper meaning in estate planning, she is able to expand her view of her practice and provide those services to her clients with compassion and …
 
The preparations that you undertake during the winter months set the foundation for an amazing summer as a law student. In part I, we shared four steps that you should start right now to set yourself up for success this summer. In part II, we build on that with the applications process, utilization of your networking, and a practice tip for your vo…
 
Whether you are traveling or simply taking a few days to relax at home, we have five tips today to help you set up your time out of the office for success. Step 1: Review your current workload and prepare staff. Go through your current files and tasks. What do you need to get done to meet a deadline before you are out? What can you delegate to some…
 
The preparations that you undertake during the winter months set the foundation for an amazing summer as a law student. Step 1: Research-Spend some time researching different types of opportunities available for law students over the summer. There are a variety of types of companies that hire law students - various sized corporations, various sized…
 
If you have been with us from the beginning, you already know that we love hobbies. In episode three, we talked about making time for a hobby in the episode “Who Has Time For Hobbies.” This week we are sharing our thoughts on why a screen free hobby might just be a good idea for you, along with a bunch of ideas for your next hobby. There are so man…
 
Welcome to 2022! For our first episode back in the new year, we are looking at reflecting on the previous year and resetting for the new year. We have four steps that we are going to go through to help you evaluate where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there as we enter 2022. The first step is to think about where you want to be. We l…
 
Whether this is your first semester of law school or your last fall semester, winter break is nearly here. Today, we are going to give you some ideas of how you can make the most of your winter break. First and foremost, after a long semester give yourself the time to relax. Take the time that you need to decompress and find yourself not studying f…
 
The end of the year is a natural closing point for many things and it usually calls people to evaluate goals and look to the future. Neither one of us is big into making New Year’s resolutions. Rather we like making concrete plans and setting goals for ourselves for the coming year. That starts with taking stock of the last year and running through…
 
This week we are sharing something that we have been thinking about recently - the end of the year and all of that obligations that come up at this time of year. As we approach the end of the year, the calendar seems to be getting shorter but our to do lists are getting longer and longer - professionally and personally. For some practice areas, the…
 
As we head into the holiday season, we have gratitude on our minds. “Keeping an attitude of gratitude” sounds like it should be on a decorative plaque in a home furnishing store. We all are thankful for many things in our lives. However, what do you do when you aren’t feeling quite so gracious? After college, studying for the LSAT, and completing y…
 
As we approach the end of the year, we have been thinking about our goals and plans for the upcoming year. But as we look forward, it reminds us of how far we have come in the last year and where we started. We started by saying it out loud! We were talking one day about all of the struggles of the previous year, how we move forward, and the challe…
 
This week we dive into a critical (but not often discussed) skill for all attorneys - listening. Being a good listener is not something that initially pops into the heads of most people when they think of lawyers. When you conjure the image of a lawyer in your mind you might think of litigators battling it out in a courtroom or lawyers trying to ou…
 
Through our podcast, website, and social media we have been thinking a lot about the law and being lawyers. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of being a lawyer that often you cannot see the forest for the trees. This week we decided to zoom out a bit and look for a deeper meaning in litigation. So much about the way we think ab…
 
This week we wanted to share our thoughts with you on decision fatigue - and specifically some strategies to combat it. Decision fatigue is the idea that as the number of decisions you have to make increases, the quality of your decision making diminishes. We share five strategies to utilize alone, or together, to help you combat decisions fatigue.…
 
This week on the podcast Amy shared with us her transition back to work following her third maternity leave. While it was not easy, and far from perfect, Amy generously shared some of her insights on how she made the transition back. There are five steps she took in order to set herself up for success: Ask about a hybrid schedule. Acknowledge your …
 
This week on the podcast we are talking about following up and following through with your networking contacts. Networking is more than just a business card exchange. It’s about building relationships. Just like any other relationship networking relationships are based on trust and a big part of that trust is follow up and follow through. The idea …
 
This week we revisit Greg McKeown’s book “Effortless” and talk about the clearness committees utilized by the Quaker community. This hit home for both of us because this is similar to the way we organically grew our relationship and, specifically, the way in which we have helped each other over the years. When we discussed Amy’s LLM, she was not lo…
 
In this episode we are commemorating launch day of the "The Law Student's Guide to Networking Course" by sharing the "why" because the course creation. We remember, vividly, being in law school and being told that to find our first legal jobs we needed to network. We knew we needed to network, but we didn’t know how to network. That’s where the see…
 
In this episode, Haley and Amy discuss a portion of "Effortless" by Greg McKeown - "being asked to do Z is not a good enough reason to do Y." Not everything requires going the extra mile - but for lawyers and law students that can be a challenge. Mentioned in the episode: "Effortless" by Greg McKeown The She Interviews Warrior in Law Ladies Who Law…
 
In this special bonus episode, Haley expands on our most downloaded episode - Who Has Time for Hobbies - by sharing something very special and personal. We are also thrilled to announce the beginning of the presale of The Law Student's Guide to Networking Course! Access presale here! The course will be released on September 20, 2021. For a limited …
 
In this episode we talk about the trap of thinking about all of the the things you "should" be dong, where you "should" be in your career, and generally how you "should" think about things. This "shoulds" are usually not productive unless you turn them into things you want that align with your values and goals. We share some practical tips for you …
 
This week we are sharing our experiences as Clubhouse novices. It is a fairly new social media platform and so far we think it has amazing potential for law students and attorney to utilize professionally. We are also thrilled to announce the beginning of the presale of The Law Student's Guide to Networking Course! Access presale here! The course w…
 
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