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Mike O'Horo is a serial innovator in the law business. His current venture, RainmakerVT, is the world's first interactive online rainmaking training for lawyers, by which lawyers learn how to attract the right kind of clients without leaving their desks. For 20 years, Mike has been known by lawyers everywhere as The Coach. He trained more than 7000 of them, generating $1.5 billion in new business. Mike can be reached at mikeohoro@rainmakervt.com

The Future of Law Firm Business Development Belongs to the Bold

The Future of Law Firm Business Development Belongs to the Bold

Ultimately, the meek may, indeed, inherit the earth. But history suggests that, in the meantime, meek salespeople will waste time, money and energy and miss out on the opportunities awaiting those with the vision and courage to take bold action. By now all but the most resolute of ostriches have accepted that the embryonic law […]

20 Traits of the 100%- Capable Rainmaker

20 Traits of the 100%- Capable Rainmaker

What does it take to be a great rainmaker, able to generate millions of dollars in business each year, reliably? As with every great accomplishment, there’s much more than you can see. The Winter Olympic broadcasts featured background stories about how athletes became among the best in the world at their sport. Before those stories, […]

Critical Success Factors. The Key to Exposing Demand.

Critical Success Factors. The Key to Exposing Demand.

Let’s get the new year started off on the right foot by simplifying what many lawyers struggle with. There’s a lot of confusing advice out there for lawyers who are trying to learn how to get clients. Let these three basic questions be your guide to simplified business development: What? Why? How? What problem, situation, […]

Networking: How To Disengage From a Dead-End Conversation

Networking: How To Disengage From a Dead-End Conversation

We’ve all found ourselves trapped in a dead-end conversation at a networking event. Someone drones on about a topic in which you have no interest. Or, it’s simply someone you don’t like. Or, there’s nothing wrong with the topic or the person, but you can’t spend that much time with any one person. You need […]

Convert Unhappy Clients into Fans

Convert Unhappy Clients into Fans

Clients can become upset with us for many reasons, some of which are within our control, and others that aren’t. We make mistakes, forget things, have bad days, or simply get overwhelmed by the unexpected. Such is life. However, what happens afterward determines the future of that relationship, and countless other potential relationships that that […]

Sales and Marketing are Not the Same

Sales and Marketing are Not the Same

There is an understandable confusion among lawyers about the difference between Sales and Marketing. First, lawyers still struggle to understand marketing, as demonstrated by the fact that most lawyers’ marketing considerations are limited to one of marketing’s four P’s: marketing communication and other forms of Promotion. Law firm Marketing departments still have little or no […]

What You Know vs. Who You Know

What You Know vs. Who You Know

For most of your career you’ve probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” That reflected the relationship-centric nature of doing business in a Seller’s market, where demand exceeded supply, and everyone who expended even a little effort got business. Now that you’ll face a Buyer’s market for the remainder […]

The Bright Line Between Marketing and Sales

The Bright Line Between Marketing and Sales

These days in the legal world, you don’t hear the terms “marketing” and “sales” very often. “Marketing” lost its luster during the severe cutbacks in law firms’ marketing communications programs during the recession. Firms lost their appetite for big investments that would take a long time to pay off (at least visibly) because they faced […]

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn

Many lawyers struggle to learn business development skills, in no small part because they don’t embrace the need to get better at it. Oh, sure, they say all the right things, but when it comes down to setting aside time (and sometimes money) and committing to learning, applying, getting feedback, and practicing, they have lots […]

Creative Price Negotiation

Creative Price Negotiation

Most lawyers struggle with negotiating pricing with prospects and clients. Part of this is the product of lawyers’ personalities, which are generally conflict-averse. Part of this is based on the fear that inartful price discussions could cause them to overplay their hand and lose the business. However, a large part comes from having a singular […]

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