6 Ridiculous Ways to Make Your Next CLE Speech Memorable
Let’s face facts: CLEs are boring. In this article, I will introduce you to tools from sports, entertainment, and politics to make your next speech more exciting.
Podcast #56: How to Fix Conferences and Meetings, with Matt Homann
Let’s face it, a lot of legal conferences are pretty bad. You get a lot of presenters reading their slides and panels where one person hogs the microphone. As Matt Homann explains, the needs of conference-goers have changed, which is an opportunity to do better CLE. 2016’s Best Law-Firm Websites Out of more than 150 […]
Should You Pay to Speak at a CLE?
If you are the type of speaker that leverages presentations to get new business, paying to speak may be worth it. But either on principle or after a cost-benefit analysis, it might not be worth doing.
How To Prepare for a CLE Presentation
If you've been to more than one or two CLEs, you know that very few lawyers are great at public speaking.
If You Lead, Business Will Follow
Lawyers in all areas of practice need to get out and become known. Rather than paying for advertising, you should take advantage of the abundance of leadership opportunities available in your community.
Could a Video Game Be a CLE?
Video games are fun. Continuing Legal Education, however, is not. What if there was a way to combine the two into something even mildly interesting, instead of just playing Candy Crush on your phone during a CLE lecture. A company called TransMedia Inc. developed a game several years ago called “Objection!” From the game’s description: The murder […]
12 Terrible CLE Audience Members (and How to Handle Them)
CLEs sometimes play host to strange audiences, especially as “reporting deadlines” loom. You may have lawyers in attendance who aren’t all that interested in what you have to say. Here's how to deal with the worst of them.
10 Ways Local Bar Associations Can Better Serve Lawyers
Local bar associations must begin to address the rapidly changing needs of members and move into this century.
Teaching Your First CLE
Last month we talked about some of the benefits of teaching a CLE. But let’s say you’ve already been asked to teach a CLE. Maybe somebody found your blog and thought you sounded knowledgeable on a topic. Or maybe you were at a happy hour and tricked someone into thinking you know what you’re talking […]
The Challenges Unique to LGBT Litigators
Last week, I attended a thought-provoking seminar on the unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lawyers in the courtroom.
A New Lawyer’s Guide to Teaching a CLE (Part 2 of 2)
The nuts and bolts of putting together a CLE: first, pick a topic that won’t make established attorneys wonder “who does she think she is?”
A New Lawyer’s Guide to Teaching a CLE (Part 1 of 2)
Teaching a CLE can be a lot of work, but new lawyers will reap benefits when they do, including public speaking experience and networking exposure.
Roy Will be Talking About Ethics and Client Service for ALI-CLE Next Tuesday at Noon EDT
If you have enjoyed my posts on client service, tune in next Tuesday (the 19th) for a live, one-hour audio webcast/telephone seminar at noon EDT. If you think those posts weren’t so great, you can still earn one ethics credit. The program is Client Service: Effective and Ethical, sponsored by ALI-CLE (previously known as ALI-ABA), and […]
CLE 2.0: Online Quality
the CLE providers who figure out how to differentiate their brand and sell quality content online will win in the CLE 2.0 era.
Why CLE Quality Has Declined As it Becomes Mandatory
According to Carolyn Elefant, the answer is simple: money. Lawyers don’t want to spend any, so CLE providers can’t afford to, either. But mandatory CLE requirements mean CLE providers need to come up with a lot of seminars. That means the majority of people who present are mostly (1) selling something, or (2) unprepared, because […]