The Biggest Training Void in the Law Professsion

In the 5 years I have been supporting the attorney profession, I have noticed there is something commonly overlooked with regards to professional development. The biggest void in professional skill development for attorneys is in an area that ranks in the top 3 needs of their profession. Of course they need to research – they .. read more

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Can’t speak up in time? Try this.

Consider the last time you were attending a meeting. One of the agenda topics gets a few comments from other attendees, then a conclusion is reached and the facilitator moves on to the next topic. More comments are shared. Now you reach a point in your head that you wish you had expressed on the .. read more

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On June 7th, 2012, posted in: introverts, meetings, speak up by

Stand Up for Confidence

My mentor has me reading the book, Selling to VITO, the Very Important Top Officer by Anthony Parinello. Full of perspective on how to think, behave and speak like a top officer, Parinello echoes what I have heard others say about boosting your confidence level – stand up. If you are about to speak with .. read more

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On May 14th, 2012, posted in: confidence, courtroom, meetings, sales by

Meeting Management Requires Interruption

We introverts struggle with injecting ourselves into conversation. In earlier posts I have focused on meeting participation. Today let’s focus on how to guide the conversation when you are the meeting facilitator. Not a smooth task, yet one that requires both courage and calm to interject and set the tone. Do you wait for the .. read more

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On April 16th, 2012, posted in: facilitation, introverts, meetings by

When Meetings Follow the Rules

I recall a time I presented a topic to a firm’s practice group when the firm administrator was present. He sat off to the side where he could gain an advantage of being in the room while also witnessing the participation of others during his scrutiny of me. He is a conscientious rule follower, especially one .. read more

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On April 4th, 2012, posted in: facilitation, introverts, meetings by

We know it’s hard, but…

Yesterday I shared a post on preparing being the key  (Introverts Can Prepare to Step Out of the Comfort Zone) to motivation. This morning the TODAY show put focus on Why It’s Hard for Women to Speak Up in Meetings. The question is, if you know there is a reason for why you behave certain ways, .. read more

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On February 23rd, 2012, posted in: introverts, meetings, speaking up, women by