What Should You Expect from Be A Great Lawyer?

So here we go again…

Bryan Marble from Amazelaw (this is an affiliate link, fyi) must love me. It’s been exactly 656 days since I last posted a podcast episode as a legitimate blog post on Legal Marketing Made Easy. (That’s May 15, 2016 if you are trying to do the math in your head).

And for Bryan Marble, that means that his mugshot and episode have been plastered at the top of Legal Marketing Made Easy for some free advertising for almost two years…

You’re very welcome Bryan!

Now, to be fair, I did post an update post about 7 months ago, but it was just a general “I’m still here and checking in from time to time post”, nothing major.

But this is different. Be a Great Lawyer is up and running (if you are reading this) and we are ready to rock and roll once again.

Where’d I go for almost two years?

A lot has happened in those 656 days since Bryan came on my podcast. And basically the main reason that I took a break from podcasting and blogging on LMME was that I needed to make some pretty major life decisions on a personal level and a practice level.

(To be fair, I do still run the premium podcast for a small monthly fee. You can subscribe here).

I just didn’t have the bandwidth to run a family law practice that I (at the time) hated, publish a weekly podcast, and somehow cope with the untimely death of my Mother in early 2016.

It was too much and something had to give. That something was the LMME podcast and blog.

Since May 15th, 2016, I’ve gone through some highs and some lows. At the beginning there were a LOT of lows.

First I fell into a deep depression after the passing of my Mom and was completely unproductive at the office for almost a year. I struggled with my work and ultimately decided that something had to change or my law practice would die. I even started (gasp!) interviewing for associate positions, and actually was offered a partner level position to head the Raleigh office of a competing family law firm!

But somewhere around the end of 2016 I made the decision to start taking on estate planning clients. And then around the middle of 2017 I began working with more elder law clients as well.

So now I’ve almost completely transitioned my law practice from a family law firm that I hated to an elder law and estate planning practice that I love. (I still have some family law stragglers, but they are slowly dying off and my goal is to rid my practice of family law completely by the end of 2018, if not sooner).

I’ve hired an almost full-time legal assistant. She is with me four days a week currently. Today I plan to sign a lease so that she will have her own office (we’ve been sharing an office – not something I recommend). Separate spaces should make us both more productive.

I’m now working with Atticus in their Practice Growth Program. We have monthly calls and meet once a quarter in Orlando for 2 days of in-person coaching and accountability. If you want to learn more about this program, I’d be happy to talk to you about it and connect you with the right person to apply.

My Wife and I are currently under contract for a new house that will allow me to have an office at home and do more work remotely as opposed to coming into the office everyday.

And now that things are start to fall back in line, I’ve decided it would be a good time to start blogging about my law practice again here at Be a Great Lawyer.

What Can You Expect from Be A Great Lawyer?

My ultimate goal with Be A Great Lawyer is to coach other lawyers on how to build successful and sustainable law practices. One of the things I love to do is grab coffee or lunch with another lawyer and talk about how they are marketing their law practice and what they could do better.

Honestly, it really jazzes me up.

But here’s the thing, and this could be one of the major reasons I stopped blogging and podcasting back in 2016.

I’m not at the point that I want to be with my practice… YET. (Did you get that Mark Metzger?) Mark is my Atticus Practice Coach and an estate planning lawyer in Chicago. One of the things that we discussed at great length during our first meeting last month in Orlando is the importance of shifting your mindset. You never say you haven’t done something, but rather you say “I haven’t accomplished XYZ yet.”

So on the one hand, I could just stop blogging about this stuff, or on the other hand, I could share my journey with you.

I’ve decided to do the latter.

And I’ll be honest, I don’t know where this journey is going to take me. And I certainly don’t know where it will take you.

All I know is that I have big dreams for me, for my law practice, and for Be A Great Lawyer.

Here are just a few of the things I want to accomplish with Be a Great Lawyer:

  • Share with you my journey of how I’m continuing to build my law practice into the top elder law and estate planning law firm in North Carolina
  • Restart my weekly podcast
  • Create products and courses that will help you on your own journey to build an amazing law practice that works, even when you don’t
  • Create a community of like-minded, marketing-centric lawyers that want to learn and grow together

So what do you think? Is this something we can do together?

Back in the old school days of blogging, I would have asked you to comment below and let me know what you want to do with your law practice. But today, I’ve just started a Facebook group.

So here’s my request – take a minute to head over to the BGL facebook group and request access. Once I approve you, post an introduction and let us know your number one goal for your law firm in the next 12 months.

Mine is to double my revenue and add a marketing assistant to my team.

What’s yours?

Let’s do this together. Thank you for your patience and support over the years.

I’m ready to rock and roll once again.

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