Distinguish Yourself – Be Responsive

Over the past three weeks, I’ve been sending out quite a few emails and leaving several voice mails for story and presentation pitches on behalf of a client.  As diligent PR professionals do, I created a spreadsheet to track my progress and activity.  Yesterday, I reviewed the overall status and one ugly fact was abundantly…

20 Tools for Your Client Development Tool Kit

Are you familiar with Cordell Parvin? If you aren’t and you are interested in business development, you should take time to familiarize yourself with his books and blog posts. Today, Cordell blogged about 20 Tools for Your Client Development Tool Kit. This post really resonates with me because it echoes the messages I consistently share with my…

Put Me In, Coach

When you want to improve your golf or tennis game, you hire a coach.  As a matter of fact, when you want to improve any skill, you hire a coach and there are coaches for everything these days, from life skills to parenting – the sky is the limit. So, it should come as no…

Are Referred Clients Yours or Not?

Often, solo attorneys and boutique firms rely heavily on referrals from other attorneys for their business. This is referred to passive marketing. Some of these attorneys often quip that they don’t have their own clients. I disagree. You have a unique opportunity to form relationships with these clients, no matter how they came to employ…

“ROI Cannot Truly Be Tracked”

I recently heard Robert Swayze, CFO at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, make a statement to that effect at a panel discussion hosted by the Dallas City Group of the Texas Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. When he said it, I did a double-take. Did someone who crunches numbers and oversees spending at a large…