This week was back to reality week for me. Back from the fun, sizzle and excitement of CES (fka the Consumer Electronics Show). Back from sunny Las Vegas with all its glitz and glamour. I always come back from this event charged up and optimistic about what is possible in tech and the legal profession.
Want to tell a story in a way people (non-lawyers) expect it to be told? Better get with technology
So now it’s all over for 2020. I’m back home after a week in Las Vegas listening to product spiels, future predictions and looking at more crazy products than I can count. (robotic cat liter box anyone?)
You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.
Paul Austerer, Winter Journal
As I do every year, I’m in Las Vegas this week for CES. (CES used to Stand for Consumer Electronics Show but now it want to just be called CES). CES calls itself the world’s largest and most important tech event, where the entire technology ecosystem gathers to conduct business, launch products, build brands, and network (aka party).
It’s fashionable this time of year to look back at the events of the past year and identify the most significant. For me, that means finding the 2019 developments that have the greatest potential to change the practice of law. A top 10. And a number 1.
The highest and best use of AI is where AI is combined with human intelligence to get the best of both worlds. This lets AI do what it does best: search through a large number of data points, find things like hidden patterns, and “learn” from previous applications. AI frees humans to do what they do best: use experience, knowledge, and insight to see nuanced connections, and use lateral and system thinking. Continue Reading BlackBoiler Maximizes AI/Human Interaction For Contract Negotiations
As has been widely reported, it’s no secret that the number of actual jury trials have declined precipitously in recent years. Too much risk. Discovery costs–particularly those associated with electronic discovery–have made the pretrial process simply too expensive. And there is a reluctance by some to trust juries with what they believe are complicated issues. The result: more cases are settled, typically in mediation.
When the winds of change are blowing, some people are building shelters, and others are building windmills. Chinese Proverb
I recently read Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of The Digital Age by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President. Smith discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital age and artificial intelligence on a variety of fronts. In one chapter, Smith discusses one of my a favorite subjects: the opportunities that data and data analytics provide for improved decision making.
Last week, I talked about why social media for lawyers is essential. In this post, I want to talk about the practical: what has worked for me in using social media to develop business.
How to Use Social Media
When you use social media, you are creating an image of who you are as a person and your brand. First and foremost, that image must be authentic and consistent with who you are as a person. Then, what you do on social media must be compatible with that image.
Let’s not forget the reason to have a social media presence and network is to create opportuinites for real meetings. To form human relationships.