What They Didn't Teach Us About Running a Business in Law School

with Neil Tyra

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Do you ever feel like what you learned in law school didn't prepare you for the world of running a law practice? Law school didn't teach us how to start our practices the right way so we could scale them into a thriving business. We didn't learn how to make sure that our businesses would meet our financial goals and provide the type of lifestyle we deserve. After ten years, I was fed up with struggling in my practice and decided to begin a journey to scaling a

successful practice that would actually allow me to finally live the life I've always dreamed of. I invite you to listen in on the conversations I'm having with some of the most successful solo and small firm practitioners  along with leading business entrepreneurs and share how I am implementing what I am learning. All with the goal of helping you take control of your practice, and your life. This is The Law Entrepreneur.

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299 & 300. Reverse Goal Setting with Stacey Brown Randall

By | January 17, 2022

Every year this at this time of year, December, Stacey Brown Randall devotes the month to goal setting. And what you’re going to hear on this episode is me admitting that I’m an utterly terrible person at setting goals. I’m the poster boy for why goal setting is important, and I have demonstrated ample ability to foil my own progress by not setting the goals in a way that they’re achievable, or sustainable, or maintaining the momentum to realize them. So I thought, hey, let’s get Stacey on. We’ll summarize her approach to goal setting, reverse goal setting. And we will do that for episode 300. It’s a great way to kick off January, and I couldn’t be happier to have my friend Stacy Brown Randall on with us again today. 

 

 

In this episode, Neil and Stacey discuss:

  • Setting, and finishing, your goals. 
  • Reversing yourself into this year’s goal by thinking further out (such as using the 5-3-1 method). 
  • Being specific and SMART about setting your goals, and tools for helping you achieve them. 
  • Categories of goals and how to accomplish each type. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • The worst thing you can do when setting goals, is ask yourself what goals you want to set for this year (in the singular). 
  • Understanding where you want to be in 5 years, will allow you to figure out what you need to do now to get to those desires.
  • There are three categories of goals: habit based, activity based, and project based. All are tracked differently. 
  • Don’t allow past failures to hold you back. Bless it, release it, and be willing to move forward with a clean slate. 

 

“The setting of your goals is typically the easy part. Actually finishing your goals, that’s the hard part. We romanticize this idea of our goals and our vision board and how amazing our life will be when we’ve completed it or crushed those goals, and we don’t pay attention to actually what goes into making those goals a reality.” —  Stacey Brown Randall

 

Get in touch with Stacey:

Website: https://www.staceybrownrandall.com/ 

Podcast: https://www.staceybrownrandall.com/podcast/ 

Quiz: https://www.staceybrownrandall.com/quiz 

Further Resources: https://staceybrownrandall.com/goals

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Generating-Business-Referrals-Without-Asking/dp/1683509269 

Previous Episodes with Stacey: 

 

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/

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 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 


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298. Clear, Engaging, Persuasive Communication with Laurie Gilbertson

By | January 10, 2022

Starting your own practice isn’t something they teach in law school. Join me as I sit down with legal professionals to hear firsthand accounts of just how they did it.  

Today, my guest is Laurie Gilbertson. Laurie has a very interesting career. She started off as a district attorney in the Queens County, New York office. From there she transitioned to being a fixture on Court TV along with other New York media outlets commenting on cases in the news and developing her communication skills and honing that skill set to the point where she was able to provide counseling and training to help attorneys develop those skills. Now she’s started her own practice, called Tribeca Blue Consulting, that provides training and education to attorneys and other professional services on the nuances and importance of communication, particularly as a form of leadership.

 

In this episode, Neil and Laurie discuss:

  • The theater of communication. 
  • Honing your public speaking and other communication skills. 
  • Refining your skill sets in places other than the courtroom. 
  • Communication in building your solo firm. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Preparation and self awareness is what really makes communication shine.
  • Lawyers, overall, are often resistant to change. We need to open ourselves up to learn.
  • Learning is a mindset change. The best lawyers are those who are open to it. 
  • When giving any presentation, you’ve got to know what’s going to come out of your mouth in the first 30 seconds.
  • Be more interested than interesting.

 

“Communication is really all about connection. It’s about getting out of your own head and getting into the perspective of your audience, whether it’s your client, a colleague, a jury, judge, television audience, or a podcast audience, it’s all about that.” —  Laurie Gilbertson

Get in touch with Laurie:

Website: https://www.tribecablueconsulting.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriegilbertson/ 

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/

If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please head to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating & review for the show! It only takes a moment, and really helps me to reach new listeners. You can also head to the website at TheLawEntrepreneur.com for more information on the podcast and my legal services.

 

 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

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297. Focusing on What Clients Want with John Strohmeyer

By | December 20, 2021

Starting your own practice isn’t something they teach in law school. Join me as I sit down with legal professionals to hear firsthand accounts of just how they did it.  

 

In this episode, Neil and John discuss:

  • Transferring the lessons from The Four Seasons and Disney to your business. 
  • Focusing in on what most of your clients want. 
  • Hiring for your firm before individuals have graduated law school and passed the bar. 
  • Answering your clients questions, and training your employees. 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You don’t need chicken soup and cold meds on stand by. Optimize for what your clients are dealing with and train recognition by the staff, that is free. 
  • Do what you can do that is reasonable and available. 
  • Allowing an apprenticeship style training program in your firm can help to give your firm great team members, but also help to teach in the moment. 
  • Recognize the importance of your referral partners, and let them know that you are thinking of them. 

 

“Focus in on what most of your clients want. It’s not some overwhelming experience, just take care of them and make it easy.” —  John Strohmeyer

 

Get in touch with John

 

Website: https://www.strohmeyerlaw.com/ 

Podcast: https://strohmeyerlaw.libsyn.com/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDaKULB-A6Ru4tKfpZl8ozg 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strohmeyerlawpllc/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strohmeyerlaw 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnthelawyer/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnthelawyer 

 

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Get in touch with Neil:

Website: https://thelawentrepreneur.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lawentrepreneur

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyralawfirm/

If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please head to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating & review for the show! It only takes a moment, and really helps me to reach new listeners. You can also head to the website at TheLawEntrepreneur.com for more information on the podcast and my legal services.

 

 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

 

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

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