How to Add a Little Humor and Creativity to Your Daily Law Practice
Many miserable lawyers out there dread going into the office, or just working as a lawyer. Even if you're not not that miserable, you can certainly try to improve your day to day experience as a lawyer.
One simple way to make your day a little bit better is by adding a little humor and creativity to your duties. Below you'll find a few tips on doing so and making every day a little bit better.
Your clients like them, and for the most part, lawyer jokes are pretty funny. Learning a new one at the start of every day could not only put a smile on your face, but could give you the icebreakers you need to start conversations with potential clients. Just don't forget to practice your delivery on co-workers (and avoid sensitive topics, like race, sex, and religion) before using your comedy stylings in front of clients.
Protip: Most judges like lawyer jokes too, so if there's downtime outside the presence of the jury, you might be able to score some extra credit for your client, and sway the momentum of the entire courtroom.
The Lost Art of Writing
Every time you write a letter, email, or draft a pleading, you can try to have a little fun. While there is a time and place for levity in legal writing, which decidedly shouldn't be in demand letters or pleadings, serious writing doesn't mean "writing devoid of creativity."
If you enjoy learning (or teaching, or annoying), take the opportunity to expand your vocabulary when writing letters to opposing counsel (but not the court or judges). If you enjoy the craft of writing, use metaphorical conceits, alliteration, or even some iambic pentameter. If you're more of a comedian, while proofreading, you can use silly voices. There are lots of ways to make writing fun, even if you're not writing something funny.
Have Fun While Marketing
If you run your own practice, or need to bring in business to the law firm, then having some fun with your legal marketing is a great way to keep your spirits high while being productive. Writing fun and informative blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, or creating other fun social media content, like memes and infographics, doesn't take long, can put a smile on your face, and bring business to your door. That's a super rare win-win-win.
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