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This show is about modern law practice management for solo lawyers (and law firm owners) who appreciate the value of technology but struggle to leverage it fully. The main key to success is being selective about which tech tools you use and how you adopt them into your practice. This is the idea behind the 80/20 principle: focus on a few vital things and look for highly disparate gains. If this approach appeals to you, then you'll appreciate the insights gleaned from this podcast.

The 80/20 Principle Ernie Svenson

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 84 Ratings

This show is about modern law practice management for solo lawyers (and law firm owners) who appreciate the value of technology but struggle to leverage it fully. The main key to success is being selective about which tech tools you use and how you adopt them into your practice. This is the idea behind the 80/20 principle: focus on a few vital things and look for highly disparate gains. If this approach appeals to you, then you'll appreciate the insights gleaned from this podcast.

    277: Traction Business Coaching for Law Firms (w/ Kellam Parks)

    277: Traction Business Coaching for Law Firms (w/ Kellam Parks)

    In this episode, you'll learn how a Virginia lawyer found the best business coach to help his firm implement principles from the popular book “Traction” (by Gino Wickman). Listen as Kellam Parks shares the process he used to research and vet candidates, and why he says the decision to hire a coach was "transformative." He also explains exactly why the principles in Traction are so helpful in growing a modern law practice.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The benefits of applying the business book "Traction" to law practices Some challenges traditional law firms face Understanding the concept of Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) The challenges and benefits of coaching for solo lawyers Implementing EOS and finding the right coach The importance of generosity as a core value Resources from this Episode
    - Stephanie Everett (the coach Kellam hired)
    - Lawyerist Labs (group coaching program)
    - Melissa Shanahan (Velocity Work)
    - Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell (business coach to Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt)
    - Charlie Munger's Psychology of Human Misjudgment
    - The Moment, podcast by Brian Koppleman (creator of Showtime's Billions)
    - Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman
    - Fireproof: A Five-Step Model to Take Your Law Firm from Unpredictable to Wildly Profitable, by Michael Morse
    - The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg
    General Resources
    Learn to use technology to reduce friction & gain freedom with this resource: https://www.the8020lawyer.com/ Focus on these essential tech tools for maximum traction in your practice. Take this short law practice assessment to identify your main strengths & weaknesses.

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    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 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, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.


     

    • 46 min
    276: Privacy vs Security: Top Tips to Avoid Hackers

    276: Privacy vs Security: Top Tips to Avoid Hackers

    Hackers repeatedly use the same common ploys to fool most people most easily. Avoid becoming a victim by learning about these ploys and by using a tech tool that too many people do not know about (or use if they do know). In this episode, you'll learn about six excellent recommendations the AARP believes can protect people online. And learn more about the one that's most beneficial for everyone who uses the Internet via computer, tablet device, or smartphone.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Technology in efficient law practices
    The importance of automated scheduling
    The benefits of implementing a consultation fee
    Using the 80/20 principle to leverage your practice
    Resources from this Episode
    AARP article: What I Learned After Hackers Attacked Me and Stole $4,000 AARP Fraud Watch Network 1Password (password manager Ernie recommends) General Resources
    Click for a list of the Best Tech Tools for Lawyers Subscribe to: The 80/20 Principle Check out my Law Firm Systems Intensive Join: '80/20 Inner Circle' (valuable business insights for small firm owners) Read: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch Get my new email course: ChatGPT for Lawyers (it's free) Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Thanks to Our Sponsors Smith.ai
    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 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, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.comLet them know we sent you.

    • 26 min
    Frictionless Scheduling (with Calendly, etc.)

    Frictionless Scheduling (with Calendly, etc.)

    Traditional ways of scheduling appointments have too much friction, so lawyers should now adopt automated scheduling technology like that offered by Calendly. When you use this type of tool, you'll be able to do more deep work without being bogged down with scheduling appointments or getting interrupted during peak work time.
    In this episode, you'll learn exactly why automated scheduling will help you save time and avoid frustration. And you'll learn how to optimize it for your practice.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Embracing tech for law practice efficiency: using Loom and Calendly Valuing time with pre-consultation fees and streamlined scheduling Integrations boosting productivity: Calendly with Zoom/ConvertKit AI's future role in enhancing automated scheduling Next episode teaser: Cybersecurity in tech-empowered law practices Resources from this Episode
    Calendly (click here to sign up for the free service) Click here to book a free 15-minute call with me (and see how I use Calendly) Check out my recently updated guide: Top Tech Tools for Lawyers. General Resources
    Click for a list of the Best Tech Tools for Lawyers Subscribe to: The 80/20 Principle Check out my Law Firm Systems Intensive Join: '80/20 Inner Circle' (valuable business insights for small firm owners) Read: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch Get my new email course: ChatGPT for Lawyers (it's free)  
    Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Thanks to My Sponsor
    Smith.ai
    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 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, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com Let them know we sent you.


     

    • 21 min
    The Year of Ninja Lawyering

    The Year of Ninja Lawyering

    The year 2024 is the year of Ninja Lawyering for solo and small firm lawyers who want frictionless efficiency, financial freedom, and flexibility to work less and enjoy life more. The key is leveraging technology strategically by focusing on a few key tools, the first of which we'll discuss in this episode. If you start using this tool, your practice will start to transform itself in mind-boggling ways.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Introduction to Ninja Lawyering: Strategies for solo and small law firm efficiency using technology and the 80/20 principle. Exploration of 12 transformative tools for legal practice: Loom, ConvertKit, ChatGPT, and others. Deep dive into Loom for effective asynchronous video communication to reduce meetings and misunderstandings. Leveraging the 80/20 principle for maximizing outcomes with minimal resource investment in legal practices. Tips for adopting technology strategically: using free trials, focusing on one tool at a time, and seeking personalized guidance. Recommendations for outsourcing phone answering services and using private attorney networks for referrals. The importance of actively using the tools discussed for genuine improvement in legal practice efficiency. Resources from this Episode
    My List of 12 Top Tech Tools Loom video tool - start with the free trial My Loom video explaining the transcript feature My smartphone recording of a Loom video while walking General Resources
    Learn to use technology to reduce friction & gain freedom with this resource: https://www.the8020lawyer.com/ Focus on these essential tech tools for maximum traction in your practice. Take this short law practice assessment to identify your main strengths & weaknesses. Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Thanks to Our Sponsors Smith.ai
    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 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, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.comLet them know we sent you.

    • 29 min
    Digital Nomadism - Part 2 (with Megan Hargroder)

    Digital Nomadism - Part 2 (with Megan Hargroder)

    In Part 2 of our discussion of "Digital Nomadism," Megan Hargroder shares more insights on the art of living and working from anywhere. She highlights the use of platforms like Trusted House Sitters as an alternative to using AirBnb. And we also discuss safety tips while traveling abroad. Finally, we cover money management strategies, which are critical as well.
    Whether you're considering a full-blown leap into digital nomadism or just looking for tips on how to be more effective doing remote work, this episode offers a wealth of useful recommendations and practical advice.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Strategies for securing free accommodations, maintaining fitness, managing finances and ensuring safety while on the move.
    Insights into co-working spaces, fostering relationships, and overcoming language barriers with tools like Google Translate.
    Emphasizing the importance of language learning and understanding cultural etiquette while traveling.
    Addressing perceptions of Americans as poor travelers and sharing personal experiences with petty crime in Europe.
    Resources from this Episode
    Part 1 of Digital Nomadism: https://ernietheattorney.net/portfolio/lfa265/
    Trusted House Sitters - A platform for finding house-sitting opportunities, often including pet care, as an alternative to Airbnb and options that require you to pay for lodging.
    https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/
     Google Translate - Used to overcome language barriers while traveling.
    https://translate.google.com/
    WeWork All Access Membership
    https://www.wework.com/solutions/wework-all-access
    Megan discussed using WeWork across Europe as a consistent and flexible workspace.
    ClassPass - A service for finding and booking fitness classes while traveling, allowing users to maintain their fitness routine.
    https://classpass.com/
    VPN (Virtual Private Network) - Recommended for secure internet use, especially when working from coffee shops or other public spaces.
    https://www.expressvpn.com/
    Google Form to Apply for Digital Nomadism Workshop: https://forms.gle/X7PLgKYDBEoViKk66
    General Resources
    Click for a list of the Best Tech Tools for Lawyers
    Subscribe to: The 80/20 Principle
    Check out my Law Firm Systems Intensive
    Join: '80/20 Inner Circle' (valuable business insights for small firm owners)
    Read: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less, by Richard Koch
    Get my new email course: ChatGPT for Lawyers (it's free)
    Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Thanks to Our Sponsors Smith.ai
    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 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.
    Overture Law Overture Law is the first private attorney network enabling them to refer matters to one another and ethically share

    • 43 min
    Legal Malpractice Insurance Made Easy

    Legal Malpractice Insurance Made Easy

    In this episode, we delve into a detailed conversation with Rio Peterson from Alps Insurance. We explore the intricacies of malpractice insurance and discuss how solo and small law firms can protect themselves not just against malpractice, but also cyber attacks and employment claims. We also delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in law practice, shedding light on how it can help cut costs, increase efficiency, and enhance client services.
    Rio, who was previously with Clio, brings a wealth of knowledge about insurance in the legal field. The duo break down the complexities of malpractice insurance and shed light on the significance of cyber security in today's digital age. They also discuss the potential of artificial intelligence in streamlining legal services and improving efficiency.
    Tune in to this engaging and enlightening episode to understand the benefits of using technology, the importance of insurance coverage and the potential of AI in transforming the legal industry.
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Changing Company Names for Rhyme Impact
    Professional Liability and Cyber Response 
    The Benefits of Specializing in Law
    Using Legal Tools and Mitigating Risks
    AI for Content Repurposing and Marketing
    AI & Language Proficiency in the Philippines
    AI in Legal Practice
    Rio Peterson Resources
    Alps’ Website: [https://www.alpsinsurance.com](https://www.alpsinsurance.com)
    Alps’ Blog: [https://www.alpsinsurance.com/blog](https://www.alpsinsurance.com/blog)
    Resources: [https://www.alpsinsurance.com/resources/risk-management](https://www.alpsinsurance.com/resources/risk-management)
    Clio 2023 Trends Report: [https://www.clio.com/resources/legal-trends/](https://www.clio.com/resources/legal-trends/)
    Google Analytics: [https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/](https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/)
    Hubspot: [https://www.hubspot.com](https://www.hubspot.com)
    General Resources
    Learn to use technology to reduce friction & gain freedom with this resource: https://www.the8020lawyer.com/ Focus on these essential tech tools for maximum traction in your practice. Take this short law practice assessment to identify your main strengths & weaknesses.  
    Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Thanks to Our Sponsors Smith.ai
    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 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.
    Overture Law Overture Law is the first private attorney network enabling them to refer matters to one another and ethically share in referral fees. 
    Membership is free if you're accepted. Apply for membership at Overture.law
    Once you're accepted, you'll start getting valuable referrals and earn fees for matters you refe

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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I have been following ERNIE for many years. I usually listen to his podcast on another platform; however the most recent one on kaizen was so superior I wanted to give it a five star review for the world to see.

Thank you ERNIE and keep on keeping on.

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