The 4th quarter is here and how you end 2016 is how you will start 2017 for your law firm! If you finish 2016 strong, you’ll start 2017 in the same way. So what are you going to do to make this last quarter your BEST quarter?
Building a lifestyle law firm — one that enables you to do what you want when you want to do it — begins with the understanding that you are running a business. And the success of your business lies in how well you are able to develop your strengths in three key areas:
Marketing your legal skills. As a solo practitioner, a partner in a small law firm, an associate or of counsel, your primary focus, after gaining competency as an attorney, is to understand the key principles of business development and law firm marketing and to apply them every single day. Not every attorney will be a top Rainmaker, but everyone can do something to grow and market his or her practice.
Creating extraordinary experiences for your clients. You need to “micromanage the client experience”—controlling every aspect of how the client experiences your law firm. From how the phone is answered, to greeting them by name as they walk in the door, to minimizing the amount of paperwork you ask them to complete, to reserving your conference room with their name on the door, to returning client phone calls and emails consistently and promptly, everything should be focused on creating a positive experience for your clients.
Building deep and lasting relationships with your clients. Far too many attorneys only have a transactional relationship with their clients. They create an estate plan for them, they file a lawsuit on their behalf, or they set up a corporation for them. To be successful over the long term, you must think long term and develop lasting, meaningful and influential relationships with your clients because the most expensive thing you can have is a one-time client. One of the most basic marketing strategies for law firms is getting additional business from current clients – yet many attorneys fail at doing this effectively.
A great way to end the year strong and start 2017 even stronger is to attend a Rainmaker Retreat, where you will learn how to develop all the above strengths and more. We have three remaining retreats this year:
- October 7-8, 2016 — Seattle, WA/Monaco Seattle
- November 11-12, 2016 — Atlanta, GA/Ritz Carlton Buckhead
- December 9-10, 2016 — Los Angeles, CA/Ritz Carlton Marina del Ray
You can register online for a Rainmaker Retreat or call 888-588-5891 for more information.