Referral Marketing Books Reviewed and Rated

As a business owner, I’ve been trying to build my base of incoming referrals. I get very few clients from referrals, and I want to change that!

Referral marketing is a basic way of building business that’s all about word of mouth. But true referral marketing uses a system to consistently obtain referrals. It’s not just a clumsily relying on people to occasionally drop your name.

To beef up my referral marketing, I checked out three books from the local library. I want to share my thoughts on …

Lessons Learned by Being Laid Off

On Friday, May 9, one of the vice presidents walked into my office and fired me. Little did I know that I was the second casualty of five (10% of the staff) to be laid off on that Black Friday.

I’m headed to a better life with my own solo law firm. I have a small, growing client base, and new opportunities pop up every day.

But I want to highlight a couple things I learned by being laid off. It was unexpected, shocking, surreal, and enraging. …

Setting up a Home Office

To you regular readers, I apologize for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been working hard on some other ventures.

Specifically, I am actively building a private law practice during my evenings and weekends. I have no plans to leave my full time job, but I definitely want to help out private clients as well.

Have you ever tried to setup a home office? Some things are easy, but some are a little more complicated. For the past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with some basic decisions. And now I offer them …

Dress Great on the Cheap – Shirt SALE

Dressing nice can be very expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Especially for us guys. There are great tips to iron better and save on a suit. And you can also save on dress shirts!

Right now The Dress Shirt Group at Amazon is having a huge sale. Discontinued styles are up to …

I’m on Facebook – Now What?

I’ll bet you’re on Facebook. But now what do you do? How do you leverage this tool for your career, business, and social life?

I’m on Facebook – Now What? will teach you!

After Jason Alba’s popular LinkedIn book, he has teamed up with Jesse Stay to tackle Facebook.

If you’re looking for a thorough, but readable, guide to Facebook, you need to read this book. I’m on Facebook – Now What? gives you the keys to making the …

Review – Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success by Penelope Trunk

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You may remember that Penelope sent me a copy of Brazen Careerist in March. No, it doesn’t take 7 months to read. In fact, it’s a really easy read. I just procrastinated.

Penelope, I’m sorry that I let you down here. …

Get an Offer from Your Summer Law Firm

It’s officially summer. That means thousands of hopeful law students are beginning summer internships with law firms. If you’re one of them, live it up. You’ll be courted, wined & dined, and taken to so many happy hours you can’t stand to look at alcohol. Heck, you might even gain 50 pounds, like I did. 🙂

But will you get an offer to join the law firm? I don’t know, but I do have some thoughts to share.

Don’t believe the firm – Even if everyone got offers last year and they have space for all …

Thinking About a Public Service Legal Career?

Brett has come up with a cool group writing idea at The Frugal Law Student called Blog Scouts. Each month he’ll encourage us to write a blog post around an actual Boy Scout merit badge. This is my entry for the personal management merit badge.

As an aside, I was in Boy Scouts, what seems like an eternity ago. I only earned one merit badge (in 5 years!). It was for first aid. In my opinion, …

10 Tips to Survive a Law Firm Phone Interview

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Interviews aren’t just done in person, especially these days. Phone interviews are fairly common, and video interviews are even cropping up.

How do you excel in one of these interviews? Does it matter if it’s a law firm?

Fortunately for you, Penelope Trunk has written 5 tips for phone interviews. My favorite tip is to dress up. It’s a subtle point, and some people may laugh at this idea. But attire really does influence our demeanor. If you wear a suit …

No Offer from Summer Firm (Winstead), but Eligible for Profit Sharing?!

As some of you readers might know, I was headed down the big firm track last year (2L summer), but I didn’t get offers from my summer firms. It seemed to be financial reasons on their part, but whatever. I’ve got a great job now, working for a fantastic non-profit. I’m pumped!

Even though I didn’t get an offer from Winstead, I am apparently eligible for their retirement and profit sharing plan. Here is part of a letter I just received from them. This is the THIRD profit sharing …

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