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The Weekly Sociable Lawyer Round Up

The Sociable Lawyer Round Up features some of the best blog entries on e-lawyering from the past week. We’re always looking for new posts, so if you know any great lawyer blogs, feel free to let us know! Enjoy!

Chris Brogan
Build a Stage for Public Speaking
November 6 by Chris Brogan
“As a professional speaker, I’m asked one question more than any other: how do I get more speaking gigs? The answer isn’t all that revolutionary. You probably know this already. But if I spell it out with some kind of order to it, it’ll probably make more sense and help a bit. Before you can get more speaking gigs (especially paid ones), you have to build a stage…”

Brian Solis
The Three C’s of Social Content: Consumption, Curation, Creation
November 8 by Brian Solis
“Over the years, social networks have lured us from the confines of our existing realities into a new genre of digital domains that not only captivated us, but fostered the creation of new realities. As George Bernard Shaw observed, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” Such is true for social networks and the digital persona and resulting experiences we create and cultivate. It was the beginning of the shift in behavior toward an era of digital extroversion, self-defined by varying degrees of sharing, connections, and engagement…”

3 Geeks and a Law Blog
How Do You Market Your Department and Yourself within the Firm?
November 11 by Greg Lambert
“Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just sit back and let the world come to us for help? Unfortunately, for most of us, it just isn’t that easy. Proper marketing of departments and individuals can make sure that we show our importance within the firm, and let others know what our strengths are (rather than just handing out busy-work.) So this week we ask the following Elephant Post question: How do you market your department and yourself within the firm? What works and what doesn’t?..”

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Oral Argument
November 11 by Jay O’Keeffe
“Here are ten things I wish that someone had told me before my first oral argument: Answer the damn questions. Start with the end in mind. Anticipate hard questions. Read these books. Know your role. Watch the pros. Practice, practice, practice.”

Law Consulting Blog
Lawyers: Another Short Primer on Setting Goals
November 11 by Cordell Parvin
“Why set goals for yourself? If setting goals is such a great thing to do, why don’t associates do it? How to set goals?”

Harvard Business Review
Countering the Excuses for Avoiding Social Media (and Video Games)
November 12 by Alexandra Samuel
“Stop trying to convince me that learning about video gaming — or social media — is a way of avoiding professional pain, and start showing me how it can be a source of personal delight. Because nobody ever became an expert under duress. The only way to become a real expert is by loving something enough to get really, really good at it…”

Law Firm Web Strategy
A Million Tiny Pieces: The Social Media Mosaic
Novemeber 12 by Jordan Furlong
“I use four social media vehicles: blogs, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Each of the four presents a different opportunity to interact with the world at large, and I try to maximize the specific strengths of each one…”

The Lawyers Weekly
Change to Delivery of Legal Services Gradual
Novemeber 12 by Warren Smith and Shekhar Parmar
“Over the last decade we have seen a movement towards the commoditization of many Personal Legal Services. This movement has been fuelled by both client demands for lower prices and technological advancements, which allow lawyers to service the client needs more efficiently. Real estate conveyancing is perhaps the best example of these forces at work. Software (instead of paralegals) can now largely automate the assembly of conveyancing documents so the lawyer need only spend a little time on the conveyance, thus reducing overhead costs and price. As a trend, this is likely to continue. This is a great growth opportunity for lawyers who can harness technology and standardization, while staying onside with their law society obligations…”

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