Category: KNOWLEDGE NUGGETS

Practicing Gratitude
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Practicing Gratitude | Fabienne Swartz

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect upon our many blessings, but gratitude is best practiced on a daily basis. In this post, I aim to do something different: offer my own experiences reflecting on my life.

My journey to gratitude started when I began reading a book called The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. This easy read inspired me to get up everyday at five in the morning so that I would have time for some self-improvement before the start of the day: meditation, journaling, working out, and reading.

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Sales is Part Behavior & Part Art
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Sales is Part Behavior & Part Art | Susan Villamena

Anyone can become a salesperson. There’s no real barrier to entry and no barrier to continuing a career in sales. As with most professions, anyone can become a “subject matter expert,” but that does not automatically make that person a good salesperson. Just because you really understand the product—and can talk that talk—doesn’t mean you are a really good salesperson. Here’s why.

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How to Predict a Salesperson’s Success
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How to Predict a Salesperson’s Success | Susan Villamena

Anyone can become a salesperson. There’s no real barrier to entry and no barrier to continuing a career in sales. As with most professions, anyone can become a “subject matter expert,” but that does not automatically make that person a good salesperson. Just because you really understand the product—and can talk that talk—doesn’t mean you are a really good salesperson. Here’s why.

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Caucus Part 2
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Caucus Part 2 | Gary P. Shaffer

{4:06 minutes to read} My last blog addressed caucusing basics. I thought it might be interesting to expand the topic a bit to include some variations. As I previously wrote, non-divorce mediations are largely conducted through caucusing, with the mediator speaking to each side separately for much of the mediation. Divorce mediations typically are not conducted in this manner. But these are generalities; there is no one-size-fits-all.

  1. Counsel-to-Counsel Caucus (aka Get Those Clients Outta Here!)
Sometimes it can be useful to send the attorneys on a walk without the intrusion of the mediator or the parties. Counsel may have a prior relationship that enables them to talk outside the hearing of their clients, in a way that permits cutting through some of the formalities or concerns they would have if clients were present. I have successfully used this approach even when the lawyers did not previously know each other, but developed a rapport during the course of the mediation.

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A Big Favor?
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A Big Favor | Carolyn Parr

“You know, Mom, I’m doing you a big favor here,” said Amy. Though she hid it, Catherine’s first reaction was surprise. Hurt followed right behind. The big favor was to care for Catherine’s son (Amy’s brother) – who has deepening, unidentified memory loss. Catherine desperately needed a respite and asked for three days off to visit an out of town friend. The big favor was to care for Catherine’s son (Amy’s brother) – who has deepening, unidentified memory loss.

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Should I Go to Law School?
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Should I Go to Law School? | Andrew Weltchek

{Time to Read: 3 minutes} Don’t do it unless you think you’ll enjoy it, and then don’t do it unless you can afford it. “Should I go to law school?” is a common question. When occasionally asked my opinion, I have a standard answer: “Not unless you’ve worked in a law office.” I don’t care if that means you’re the copy boy or the girl who delivers papers to the courthouse. Work in a law office and see if you can stand it. See if you’re the least bit interested in what the people do there.

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How to Move from Fear to Courage
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How to Move from Fear to Courage | Carolyn Parr

“How would your life change if you could reduce your fear level by just 25%?” My pastor, Gordon Cosby, challenged me with this question years ago. I realized I had many unacknowledged fears. I had a powerful job and feared doing anything that might look controversial, so I was afraid to participate in peaceful demonstrations for causes I believed in. I wanted to volunteer at an AIDS hospice, but was afraid my colleagues might ostracize me. I wrote songs, but was afraid to sing them to others.

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Announcement: Alegria & Barovick LLP is Multilingual!
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Announcement: Alegria & Barovick LLP is Multilingual! | Anselmo Alegria

Alegria & Barovick LLP is excited to announce that we are now able to make speakers of Creole and Spanish feel right at home from the moment they call us, as we have hired legal assistants who are fluent in both languages. Our clients can be confident that: (a) they will have all the details of their claims understood immediately, and (b) our assistants can explain how the Social Security/Disability process works in their own language.

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How Do You Discover New Innovations While Working 9-5?
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In the past, people traded paper on the New York Stock Exchange. Transactions were handwritten on a pad and reconciled at the end of the day. Those transactions are now done with computers. You can call your broker and say, “I want to sell 100 shares of Apple.” The broker asks if there is a…  

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Explain It To Me Like You’re Einstein
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Explain It To Me Like You’re Einstein | Andrew Weltchek

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
- Albert Einstein

I think that is absolutely true, and I don’t think it can be overstated. If the client can’t explain the problem, then they don’t understand it.
In their distress, they may not understand their circumstances well enough to explain what it is that’s bothering them. They may not know what the problem is that needs solving.

The lawyer’s job is to draw it out of them, find the facts, and understand what their feelings, intentions and needs are. The lawyer can provide feedback to the client to help the client understand what the real situation is and what they really need and want.

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A Small Businessman’s Definition of Success
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In 1983, I became a partner in a small CPA firm in New York. In 1987, I took over that firm and have been running that business for 27 years. I’m not the ultimate expert, but I feel I have enough experience to have a good perspective on what it means to be a successful small business person.

Many small business people would now start telling you about how you have to watch costs, maximize revenues, etc. But this small business person thinks there is something else that also defines success.

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How Can You Invest In Your Community To Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders?
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Carving time out of your busy schedule to give back to your community can be challenging but not impossible. I’ve made it a priority in my personal and business lives to give back to those who may not have had the same opportunities I have had. I’m very involved with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the…

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The Power of a P.O. Box
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I lost my wallet over the holiday season. Maybe someone took it; I really do not know and it does not matter.  Aside from the loss of something sentimental, I do not need to express the hassle around replacing everything in one’s wallet. For three days I tore apart the house, the neighbor’s house, the car, and traveled all around town asking merchants if they had seen it. I must have retraced my steps ten times and I was frantically checking my accounts every three hours; I was sick over it.

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Improve Work/Life Balance With Volunteering
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Volunteering can have positive effects on your personal life, as well as your work life.

Once a week, I participate in an ongoing volunteer project as an after-school reading buddy. Created by JCY Westchester Community Partners, a charitable organization based in Yonkers, our reading buddy group consists of 10 or so volunteers who meet with kids at 3:00 pm in a nearby public library to help them improve their reading skills.

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Your iPhone is Tracking You
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And it is doing it in ways you never imagined.

Yes, we want to be able to use our GPS functions and get directions, but are you aware that some of your apps are tracking you as well?

Apps like Evernote and Dictation are logged into your GPS. Why do you need that? Every bank app I have is logged into my GPS. I don’t need to know where the nearest ATM is. I can search by zip code if I have to.

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What can I teach MBA students about entrepreneurship?
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I had the opportunity during the first week of January to be a guest lecturer for an intersession class at the University of Connecticut Business School, Stanford Campus. I met the professor, Brian Brady, when I worked with a client of mine, QBank Group, along with a team of MBA students. He asked if I…

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Remote Texting
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Negligence: The failure to use such care as a reasonably prudent and careful person would use under similar circumstances.

In 2009 the lives of David and Linda Kubert were irreversibly changed for the worse when a vehicle driven  by a distracted driver plowed into their motorcycle and severed a leg on each of them. The driver, a high school student named Kyle Best, had exchanged 62 text messages with his girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, in the hours leading up to the crash.

What is notable about this case is that the Kuberts sued not only Best for negligence, but Colonna as well.

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Guns Are Not Good For Children And Other Living Things
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The New England Journal of Medicine recently responded to the mass shooting of elementary school children in Newtown, CT, by publishing an article entitled “Preventing Gun Deaths in Children.”  Despite the sense of temporary disbelief a reader experiences by seeing such words on the printed page (or computer screen), and the primal feelings of shock, horror, anger and sympathy aroused, the physician authors wrote a sobering article on this most unpleasant subject, devoid of drama and hyperbole.  The ironic thing is that after reading it, all except the paranoid gun owners who fear that “the Government” is going to not only attack them, but disarm them–ideas repeatedly sown by Wayne Lapierre of the NRA–will be fuming in anger, and fantasizing about committing violent acts against the legislators who have failed us so miserably by making it so onerous to take sensible steps to protect our children. Both authors are pediatricians who have lost patients to gun violence. They also know how kids behave, and what influences them. A young child fascinated by cartoons, videogames and superheroes, left unsupervised in a home with unsecured guns might just pick one up and shoot his playdate. Drugs and depression and disappointments in relationships may drive adolescents to guns. And then there are the mentally unstable.

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