“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit” – Aristotle.
Last weekend, we held our 11th annual Women Lawyers Retreat at Nita Lake Lodge, in Whistler. It was a wonderful weekend of inspiration, collaboration and learning.
Despite what some people might think, the challenges women face, (especially in business and in law,) have certainly not disappeared… and it’s crucial that while we acknowledge how far we’ve come, we also recognize what we can do to continue to progress and create change.
As we continue to move forward and support one another, let’s remember that healthy habits are the foundation of growth.
Lawyers, we love you, we really do. You’re our members, our champions, our colleagues and, dare I say it… our friends. You are dedicated, talented and bright and your good qualities certainly outweigh any perceived flaws… but… so help me…
Trying to get you to return an email is like herding cats.
We know you want to. We know you even mean to. We understand that these things pile up. Like us, you are inundated with correspondence; sometimes, you get called away to court or your days fly by and before you know it, it’s the day before a volunteer-speaker-chair-committee deadline and finally we track you down…
And so it goes.
(In the spirit of all that is good in the world, please take this post as it is intended – with love…) because we’re always up for a challenge! There’s gotta be a way…
So we did a little fun survey and here are the results:
Include an invitation for a wine reception.
Write “free, great wine” in the subject line.
Don’t use the words Urgent, Please Respond or RSVP – use engaging text in the subject line instead.
Trick them – (they’ll open cat videos, for example.)
Lawyers like papers – pretend you will send them some materials.
Put “drop dead deadline” in the subject and body of the email. In bold. In red.
Keep it under 22 pages.
Lose the inspirational auto-quote at the end of the email.
… and the flashy fonts.
Don’t end your emails with “I love you” – it gets awkward.
Don’t ‘cc’ a dozen other people. Everyone will let someone else respond.
Don’t send the email.
Call them instead.
Call their assistant.
Write a blog post about it and hope that someone reads it.
(These were the top 15 answers from lawyers themselves, and the staff of TLABC.)