How is it August already? Many of us just attended the annual Advanced Family Law Conference, some of us skipped it and went on vacation, some of us dropped kids off at college, and others dropped theirs off in the carpool line. Time to work!
Last month, I did my best to remind everyone about our amazing Collaborative village. And I shared that if we don’t all work together, our village is going to get smaller and eventually become extinct. So, what can YOU do to help keep this movement traveling in the right direction? Each month I’m going to ask you to join me in completing one, tiny task over the course of the next 30 days – just one little thing – that can help us bring more professionals into our organization and grow our movement. Your assignment for this month:
TAKE AN ATTORNEY TO COFFEE OR LUNCH!
No, I’m serious! We all know an attorney who doesn’t yet know about or quite understand the great benefits of Collaborative for both clients and professionals alike. Ask that attorney out for coffee (you can even do this over Zoom if you are still not venturing out into restaurants), or break bread together over breakfast or lunch, and talk about Collaborative! If you need a quick list of the reasons why clients prefer Collaborative, go here to our website. Of course, separate and apart from our clients’ wishes, it also helps to know how attorneys can benefit from this process as professionals. Here are just a few reasons (that you are probably already well familiar with):
- Having satisfied clients
- Working with like-minded professionals
- Control over your work schedule
- Helping to provide creative, constructive solutions to divorcing couples and their children (rather than destructive solutions)
There are plenty of others; just add your own to the list and talk about them. The bottom line is that we need more attorneys doing this work. And the more attorneys we have doing this work, the more clients there will be out there seeking Collaboratively trained attorneys. It will be a wonderful, vicious cycle steering people away from contentious courtroom litigation.
I HAVE ONE MORE TINY REQUEST. When you take that attorney out for coffee, or breakfast, or lunch, please send me an e-mail to let me know you did it. And I’ll let you know in my letter next month that I did it. We have to be accountable to one another. I look forward to hearing from all of you!