New Contributors: Part 2
Remember the first set of seven? Reading this second group of new Contributors, you’ll also notice a couple of trends. I bet the first one immediately popped into your head. And yes, it starts with the letter “T.” They had a story to tell. And you have a story to tell, something to share, so you can find me on Twitter as well, and you can also email me.
Now, without further ado and in no particular order, our second group of seven new Contributors:
I stumbled across Jeff via his blog, iPhone J.D. , which I learned about while attending #MILOfest a couple years ago. Naturally, I started following him on Twitter and when it came time for the Missing App theme, he contributed a post on redline edits in Microsoft Word. I found it interesting an avid iPhone user wants a Microsoft app, but then again, Microsoft Word remains the word processor of choice for most lawyers. And since the iPhone is increasingly the smartphone of choice for lawyers, his Missing App suggestion is a good one.
Katie is a Sales and Marketing Associate with Ruby Receptionists, and she contacted me about writing a post. I was a little hesitant as Small Firm Innovation isn’t meant to be a product pitching ground, but Katie delivered a wonderfully balanced post on alternatives to publishing your cell phone. I’m a big fan of one in particular since moving to Canada: using Google Voice.
Micah is our other book reviewer, and he also approached me. He was inspired by Toyota Way and Toyota Culture, and pitched a two-part series of the two books. He explained how and why Toyota Culture needed to be first, and Toyota Way second. I’m more than happy to share the book review duties so I turned him loose. He draws comparison between law and other industries, which he continued in his review of Lean Hospitals.
I’m an avid reader of Futurelawyer. Short newsy posts with commentary on technology, and law. I invited him to contribute during the Missing App theme, and he delivered a piece on the Googleverse and practice management integration. Another Android user in the legal profession. W00T!
Rachel gained notoriety for her virtual law practice, and her blog, Her Virtual Law Practice (formerly known as Freedom is the New Rich). Forbes. Above the Law. ABA Journal. Entrepreneur Magazine. Everyone wanted to talk to Rachel, especially as the legal industry continues is shift to the “new normal.” I follow Rachel on Twitter, and as she is very much in line with the mission of Small Firm Innovation, I reached out. Not to talk, but to let her talk. And she delivered an excellent post on a trend no one in the legal profession seems to have picked up or used: the visual revolution.
Sean is a fellow Chicagoan, and I knew him before Small Firm Innovation was around. We’re good Twitter friends, attend many of the same events and even at such a great distance now, stay in touch. He’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Search Engine Marketing (SEO), and I was pleased he contributed a 12Most post on the topic. He spends as much time online as myself, and is just as concerned about his online reputation, he contributed another piece on how lawyers can manage their online reputations. Good stuff.
Victor J. Medina
In case you didn’t know, Victor runs #MILOfest, which is, hands down, the best Mac-centric conference for lawyers. I went the first time, a couple years ago, on a whim. I was still figuring out my consulting company, doing some #freelancing and had difficulty turning down the opportunity to trade a few cold November days in Chicago for a few nicer ones in Florida. Macs. Lawyers. Probably something there. My Twitter stream clarified that the first day! Fast forward a couple years, and Victor pays as much attention to his law practice as he does to #MILOfest. His post on charting revenue growth was an eye-opener.
So there you have it. Fourteen new lawyers and legal professionals generously sharing their tips, insights and knowledge on running a law practice, finding the proper tools and generally making your practice a success. I’m honored to know these people through various avenues, and to have them be part of Small Firm Innovation.
Interested in contributing? Have something to say about mentoring? Got another idea and want to flesh it out? Ping me, and include your idea, number and time to call.
To all our Contributors: Thanks!