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How To Become The Lawyer Everyone Loves
 by: Jack McDonough

Most people have certain prefixed ideas or notions about those associated with certain professions. Law is no exception. By nature, lawyer-types can be fairly aggressive and controlling, which can be a good thing when it comes to practicing law. However, as to their personal lives, such “professional” attributes have helped to create negative impressions of lawyers outside the courtroom.

To help people ‘love you as a lawyer’, you need to tone it down in your personal life in order to invest in others. Here are some pointers on how to become a lawyer everyone can love:

1. Do not manipulative personal relationships: Because of the requirements of their profession, lawyers tend to view the world as their “courtroom”. Because success as a lawyer requires expert manipulation of everything that happens in the courtroom, such manipulative tactics can cross-over into their personal lives. The key to success here is to learn to turn off the tendency to manipulate the simple things in life, including your relationships with loved ones and friends.

2. Have a good sense of humor: Practicing law can be serious most of the time, but keeping a tensed and wrinkled forehead is no good for anyone. A sense of humor is the ‘icing on the cake’ for a dynamic and successful lawyer. People admire professionals who can not only keep their calm but are also able to make people laugh. These lawyers are welcome in most circles, because they are known for making the best of any situation.

3. Be supportive to everyone – your clients, your family and your friends: The work of a lawyer also includes some aspects of the profession of psychiatry. Lawyers may take on the legal issues of their clients, but also must work to ensure that their clients do not succumb to pressure and worry. Such a talent is beneficial to both the personal and professional sides of being a lawyer.

4. Practice being humble: Regardless of how successful you are in the courtroom, or how great your reputation is as a lawyer, people are not going to like you if your ego guides your interactions with others. People worth caring about do not care how much money you make or how good are you at your work. They simply want a real person to talk and to relate to in all aspects of life.

Striving to be a lawyer everyone wants to spend time with and include in social activities will make your personal life enjoyable, and consistently feed your law practice new clients.

About The Author

Jack McDonough is a Colorado CPA, speaker, coach, author and consultant to professionals in the legal and accounting industries who desire to make more money while working less hours. Jack is President of Wealthy Professionals LLC.

This article was posted on October 20, 2006


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