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Friday Share: The LegalTech Show in Illustration

The LegalTech Show Illustrated

If pictures are worth a thousand words, doodling might be worth double or triple.  Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported on research identifying the effect of doodling on improving focus and memory:

Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.

Perhaps the concept can work for sessions at trade shows as well.

LegalTech in Graphical Format

Graphic facilitation may well be an adaptation of illustration or doodling for business – and they started gaining prominence at legal industry trade shows early last year.  This year at the 2015 LegalTech NY show we commissioned a graphical facilitator – Jeannel King – to draw a visual representation from three sessions.  These illustrations are this week’s Friday Share.

1. Building your Practice on a Passion 

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This session was to be presented by Attorney John R. Szymankiewicz – the Beer Lawyer – but the weather on the first day affected travel. Fortunately, Christopher T. Anderson and Penn Dodson, both of whom have firsthand experience growing a small law firm, were able to provide the presentation.

Illustration highlights:

  • Building a law firm is building a business
  • Leverage time and resources activates and focus on expertise
  • Manage cash flow
  • Go “lean” and save time and energy

Additional reading:

2. Microsoft® Office 365™ for Lawyers 

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This session was presented by speakers Ben Schorr and Lisa Solomon, Esq.  Mr. Schorr has authored a book by the same title which can be found on the ABA’s online store.

Illustration highlights:

  • The productivity solution includes both software and services
  • Software includes typical productivity tools many lawyers use
  • Services include options for communicating, collaboration and storage
  • There are options – be sure to get the right solution for your firm
  • Review and use security and auto-encryption features

Additional reading:

3. Seven Secrets to Overcoming Underearning

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This session was presented by Ann Guinn of G&P Associates and Attorney Lynda J. Grant – Ms. Guinn has also published a book available on the ABA’s online store.

Illustration highlights:

  • Under earning is largely attributed to choices
  • Maintain visibility of track realization rates, receivables and vital metrics
  • Secrets to increased earnings:
    1. Acknowledge and commit to change
    2. Identify and analyze your trouble spots
    3. Set personal achievement goals and develop a plan
    4. Set a daily goal
    5. Pay attention to your practice
    6. Spend time every day on marketing
    7. Delegate (especially un-billable tasks)

Additional reading:

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The previously cited Wall Street Journal story included this data point which sums up the science:

Some researchers suspect doodling may help the brain remain active by engaging its “default networks”—regions that maintain a baseline of activity in the cerebral cortex when outside stimuli are absent, the Lancet study says. People who were encouraged to doodle while listening to a list of people’s names being read were able to remember 29% more of the information on a surprise quiz later, according to a 2009 study in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

What’s your take on the illustrations or graphical representations – is it a useful exercise?

Photo credit:  Flickr, Patrick Hoesly, (CC BY 2.0)

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.


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