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How do I work on my fear of public speaking?
Q: How do I work on my fear of public speaking? A: Some say if you’re not afraid of speaking in public, you don’t really care about your subject matter. I disagree. If you speak enough, having practiced enough, you don’t need to be afraid. So I applaud your question.
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Should I go back to school to burnish my law degree?
Q: Should I go back to school to burnish my law degree? A: That’s not a simple question. Steps to take in deciding include finding lawyers who have done so and asking them about their return on investment, the pros, cons, and whether they would make the same choice again. You do
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Can I start a practice while still making some money?
Q: Can I start a practice while still making some money? A: That can be a tricky equation, but if you’re creative, yes. What you’ll likely need is a part-time job (within or alternative to the law) and the discipline to work there as agreed while spending the rest of the t
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How do I decide what to do next in my career?
Q: How do I decide what to do next in my career? A: We were taught by in law school that we could predict outcomes. However, lawyers who want to change jobs or careers have to engage in a process, not sit in our chairs and seek to predict the future. The way to start is not to gear on
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Monday morning blues: should I change jobs?
Q: Monday morning blues: should I change jobs? A: Most people have a case of Monday morning blues, not necessarily because they dislike their job but because we don’t get or take enough time off, because the weekend is now another five days away, and because we have so many thin
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Should/do lawyers get periodic career check-ups?
Q: Should/do lawyers get periodic career check-ups? A: Yes and yes. Those who want to keep their career on track get either annual or periodic check-ups every other or every three years. It used to be that colonoscopies were recommended every five years and some lawyers got them relig
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Why do so many people dislike lawyers?
Q: Why do so many people dislike lawyers? A: I actually just today tweeted about that. I remember when the lawyer in Jurassic Park got eaten alive, while sitting in the outhouse, and the movie audience cheered. Even though most lawyers are honorable and work hard to do good for people
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How do I get better at small talk when networking?
Q: How do I get better at small talk when networking? A: Talking about the weather is fairly tedious and talking about current events can be divisive. So, seizing on sports may be a better icebreaker. Read the sports pages, get electronic news feeds, follow tweets of sports writers na
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Have you seen any good lawyer movies lately?
Q: Have you seen any good lawyer movies lately? A: I have. Run, don’t walk to the RBG documentary on hero, icon, dissenter, and rock star Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You’ll laugh, I cried, and wow…what a life you’ll learn about. It’s very s
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Can I interview well without bragging?
Q: Can I interview well without bragging? A: Yes. No one likes a braggart so, while interviewing requires you to advocate for yourself, it doesn’t require you to be the hero of every story you tell about your career. In fact, lawyers who claim they have no weaknesses or have nev
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