Monthly Archives: May 2010

Just Look at Where Your Social Media Got You!

If you were to look back at my very first naive entry on this blog, you will see this aspiration;

“One day I would love to be presenting on this stuff.”

In September, I will be presenting on this stuff at not one, but two events.

The first is the international Mediation Business Summit. I will be joining a stunning line up of speakers to explore how my colleagues within the alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation and collaborative law industry can develop our businesses.

If you are interested in finding out more, registering your interest for one of the strictly limited 250 tickets or seeing my mugshot, then go and have a look here.

I will be speaking as part of a panel to close the event on Saturday 18th September.

In the following week I am presenting a workshop for Resolution, being the leading family law association in UK, at their national ADR Conference to be held in Oxford.  The topic? Again, growing your business.

In both cases I will be speaking very clearly about the way that I have used social media to define, communicate and build trust, and new business, with referrers of some excellent work, and direct with new clients.

I will also be showing how social media enables us to demonstrate expertise and also break out of our silos and bring in practices and attitudes from other industries – often with startling results.

The last 15 months have been awesome.  A key part of that progress and business development has been, without a doubt, the social media I have engaged with.

I hope that, in September, I can encourage others to get started and stick with it.

I still remember the sage advice my good friend and mentor @dmje told me;

“Sign up for Twitter and give it a fortnight.”

I did and haven’t looked back since.

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How Lawyers Could Use the iPad

alternative Blog title post: “Tell You What I want, What I Really Really Really Want…”

Okay, imagine this.

You are sat around the board room table in a commercial meeting, or at a desk with your client.

Perhaps you are running a collaborative law meeting.

Imagine if you each had an iPad in front of you. On my iPad is an illustration or graph that I want to share with the other people in the meeting.

I open the file on my screen and flick it in the direction of those I want to share it with. It then transfers by bluetooth or some similar magic onto their iPad.

Someone else wants to refer to an earlier letter, so they open up their document and we can all see what is being referred to.

We have a successful session and want to draw up heads of agreement there and then so we work collaboratively on the document right there.

Or the meeting is not quite that successful and so we need to go away and reconvene later.

What are our agreed progress points? What about action points? Who is going to do what? That can all be recorded, right there and then and diarised to all our synchronised diaires, with reminders, in a stroke.

What is more, all of this is recorded real time. What documents were referred to, which were shared with whom? Attendance notes can be created as we go through the session with no need for time consuming dictation afterwards.

The potential is vast. If someone comes up with this – synchronised iPad as a conference tool – I will find it very hard to resist the iPad. What is more law firms might see merit in providing iPads for clients – either at reduced rate or as a law firm branded merchandise.

I can’t wait to see what might happen…

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