This book is designed to help you harness your potential for business development and empower your legal career from law school through partnership. It provides techniques for defining your personal brand, leveraging your creativity, and maximizing your success. Rainmakers, public relations experts, elected officials, marketing masters, in-house counsel, business executives, career advisers, associates, law students, and others who have walked in your shoes offer perspective on issues ranging from networking, mentoring, and blogging to hosting your own television show, starting a charity, and getting published. Each chapter addresses genuine strategies for connecting with people and establishing meaningful professional relationships.. Here are the detailed information about The Opportunity Maker, Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (Career Guides) as your reference.
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If You're in Law School, Buy This Book Now - 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.If You're in Law School, Buy This Book Now By Keith Lee I wanted to drop you a line and thank you for writing "The Opportunity Maker." I purchased it during my 3L year. It inspired me to create my blog, Associate's Mind.I was nervous about the whole process, but I pushed forwards with it. It's now one of the 40 most popular legal blogs as tracked by Avvo, and has been linked to by the WSJ, Forbes, The Browser, among others. Plus, I am now a featured contributor at Lexis Nexis' Hub for new attorneys. It was a lot of work, but it's been more than worth it.While you might not be aware of it, your book was the push that got the ball rolling.I appreciate it very much.The book offers some real concrete advice in regards to developing contacts and networking. But more importantly for me was that it helped break down some psychological barriers. Often times I think it's often the mental barriers people develop for themselves ("I can't" mindset)prevents people from beginning on new ventures or reaching out to new people. If you're a law student or new lawyer looking for guidance and advice on how to begin reaching out and networking with other people, there's probably no better place to start.
Aspiring first-year associates, ignore this book at your professional peril - 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.Aspiring first-year associates, ignore this book at your professional peril By Ed Hopkins Gone are the days when top 25% grades at a tier-one law school, law review, and a prestigious extracurricular leadership position guaranteed you a great summer clerking gig or a desirable first-year associate job offer. These days, looking good on paper is just not enough. The aspiring first-year associate must have an excellent social capital strategy as well. If you don't know what social capital is, stop reading my review after finishing this paragraph. Buy Ari Kaplan's book immediately. Read it as soon as you get it. You are already behind the curve.If you do know what social capital is, then you know you will probably need more of it to maximize your opportunities during these tough economic times. That doesn't mean, however, that you know how to cultivate more social capital. That's where Ari's book can help you. In 17 concise, readable chapters, Ari's book describes dozens of strategies and tactics that will make you a more effective networker, self-promoter, and job seeker. The book doesn't encourage you to do things that would make you feel uncomfortable. It doesn't recommend that you transform your personality. Instead, it helps you figure out what your strengths and passions are, how to effectively show others what your strengths and passions are, and how to passionately help others using your strengths.Using most of Ari's techniques, I was able to secure multiple summer associate job offers last winter and multiple first-year associate job offers before the end of August. Ari's book helped me understand and communicate my value proposition. It helped me develop a winning social capital strategy. Some of the law firms I courted didn't buy what I was selling. Some did. Before my 3L fall semester began, I had accepted an amazing job offer from the firm I believe is the best fit for me. Without using the techniques Ari describes, I doubt I would have secured a single job offer. I won't graduate with Order of the Coif honors, and I have never set foot in my law school's law review office.
Invest in Your Personal Brand with this Book - 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.Invest in Your Personal Brand with this Book By Courtney Kleshinski The book is a veritable treasure trove of marketing ideas. I bought it at the beginning of my 3L year, and I am so grateful that I did.This book is unique in that it encourages its readers to attract legal business in part by living an interesting, active, generous life. When was the last time a partner at your law firm encouraged you to live your best life, in the hopes that it would lead you to your next big client? This book inspired me to commit to volunteering at a local Chicago animal shelter for a year, become more involved on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, and join LinkedIn to begin making the connections that could lead to business for my firm down the road.The book is also an easy read. Each chapter is divided into multiple sections, each about a page long, with clear titles and focus. If you want, you could read this book cover to cover or flip through to specific sections that interest you.The best advice in the book, for me, was the suggestion that after every meeting with clients, potential clients, other attorneys, or totally random individuals, you take a step back and honestly evaluate your "performance" during the meeting. What did you do very well? Did you express yourself clearly? How could you improve? Should you brush up on that thesis you wrote in college because your new contact has experience in that field?This book reminds its readers that finding opportunities is not easy, nor is it immediate, but with preparation and an investment of time, everyone can make it rain.