100 episodes

Helping lawyers learn to leverage technology & psychology to gain more prosperity and freedom.

The host, Ernie Svenson, transformed his solo practice back in 2006 and then started helping fellow lawyers do the same. His advice is practical and concise — with specific recommendations for what to do and what not to do.

If you want a smoother-running, more enjoyable law practice, then this podcast is for you.

Law Firm Autopilot Ernie "the Attorney" Svenson

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Helping lawyers learn to leverage technology & psychology to gain more prosperity and freedom.

The host, Ernie Svenson, transformed his solo practice back in 2006 and then started helping fellow lawyers do the same. His advice is practical and concise — with specific recommendations for what to do and what not to do.

If you want a smoother-running, more enjoyable law practice, then this podcast is for you.

    Using 80-20 Leverage in Your Law Practice

    Using 80-20 Leverage in Your Law Practice

    If you don't know about the 80/20 Principle, you should. Understanding it is the easy part. Implementing it is where the work starts, and in this episode we'll talk about how to leverage the 80/20 principle to create extraordinary transformations in your practice.
    Show Notes
    The 80/20 Principle: How to Achieve More with Less, by Richard Koch The Four Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss SaneBox (intelligent email filtering using automation) SweetProcess (procedure documentation tool) TextExpander (automated text generation & document creation) The Systems Workshop (starts on Monday, Nov. 28th) The New Working Smarter Course (starts on Monday, Nov. 28th) My 'Inner Circle' - a private online discussion group for solo & small firm lawyers. Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 20 min
    It's Not Just About Money

    It's Not Just About Money

    The happiest lawyers are those who spend more of their time thinking creatively and solving interesting high-level problems. They also get paid more than ones who are stuck doing low-level drudgery.
    So happiness in the practice of law is about more than just money, and I'll share some personal experiences about why that's true in this episode.
    Show Notes
    The Systems Workshop - the best way to create a happy practice is to develop solid systems. My 'Inner Circle' - an online discussion group where lawyers can give each other guidance and support. Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 16 min
    Crowdsourcing Lawyer Insights & Perspectives

    Crowdsourcing Lawyer Insights & Perspectives

    In this episode I'll be sharing recent questions from lawyers posted in my Inner Circle community, along with the insights and perspectives offered in response.
     
    It's important to remember that a lot of what you need to know about how to use technology and improve your practice is stored in the minds of other lawyers —not in online databases or social media posts. *wink*
     
    Show Notes
    Shokz Bone Conduction Headphones (bluetooth enabled) My 'Inner Circle' - a private online discussion group for solo & small firm lawyers. Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 23 min
    Law Practice Management 101

    Law Practice Management 101

    A well-managed law practice is both profitable and enjoyable. In this episode, we'll review the key elements required to turn your practice into an easy-to-run, enjoyable business.
    Show Notes
    The Law Firm Systems Workshop (start learning as soon as you register) My 'Inner Circle' - a private online discussion group for solo & small firm lawyers. Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.

    • 23 min
    Polishing Witness Testimony (with Elizabeth Larrick)

    Polishing Witness Testimony (with Elizabeth Larrick)

    Bad witness testimony can impair the jury's perception of your case, or —even worse— cause you to lose the case. Attorneys often don't realize that many problems with witness testimony are "unforced errors" that they can avoid or mitigate by proper preparation.
    Elizabeth Larrick spent years handling jury trials and now helps fellow lawyers avoid trial mishaps and improve their case presentation. The most important lesson she shares applies to all lawyers—even those who don't go to court.

    Show Notes
    Elizabeth Larrick's website Trial Lawyer Prep (Elizabeth's podcast) Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution, book by Don Keenan (whom Elizabeth worked with) My 'Inner Circle' - a private online discussion group for solo & small firm lawyers. Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 49 min
    Clarity, Systems & Creativity

    Clarity, Systems & Creativity

    Systematizing your law firm requires you to understand a few important things, one of which is how "creativity" works. In developing systems, you're creating something special for your law business.
     
    So you need to understand that the process of creating things is not usually linear or completely predictable —especially for creating systems for doing knowledge work.
     
    Show Notes
    'Inner Circle' (real talk about the common challenges of running a solo or small law firm). Working Smarter (a short PDF guide on using technology better in a law practice) Thanks to Our Sponsors
    "ChatterBoss is an incredible remote executive assistant company that helps solopreneurs and small businesses grow quickly and save money. Your dedicated ChatterBoss assistant can help you with case management, billing support, email optimization, social media, process building, automation, and more. They even have on-demand paralegals and legal assistants. 
    The service is customized to your budget and is on-demand, so you are able to work with your assistant as much or as little as you need throughout the week. The minimum monthly spend for a dedicated executive assistant is only $200/month.  
    The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation and find out exactly how the service works. Click this link to schedule a free 30-minute call, and you’ll get a special 15% discount when you sign up with ChatterBoss."


    Smith.ai is an amazing virtual receptionist service that specializes in working with solo and small law firms. When you hire Smith.ai you’re actually hiring well-trained, friendly receptionists who can respond to callers in English or Spanish.

     
    If there’s one great outsourcing opportunity for your practice, this is it. Let Smith.ai have your back while you stay focused on your work, knowing that your clients and prospects are being taken care of.
     
    Plans start at $210/month for 30 calls and pricing starts at $140 for 20 chats, with overage at $7 per chat. They offer a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee on all receptionist and live chat plans including add-ons (up to $1000).
     
    And they have a special offer for podcast listeners where you can get an extra $100 discount with promo code ERNIE100. Sign up for a risk-free start with a 14-day money-back guarantee now (and learn more) at smith.ai.
     
    EPISODE CREDITS:
    If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment.
     
    He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world.
     
    Find out more at EmeraldCity

    • 18 min

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