Friday, March 25, 2011

Professionalism & Humor for Paralegal Professionals

I'm the general session speaker for a Paralegal Conference on March 31 in Atlanta. My session is:
Instilling Professionalism and Humor in an Adversarial System

Below are some quotes I use in this presentation:

Quotes to get you through your hectic day

- Effective communication with your attorney
I really didn’t say everything I said. Yogi Berra

- Dealing with mistakes
So go ahead, fall down. The world looks different from the ground. Oprah Winfrey

- Handling ethical issues
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others. Groucho Marx

- Getting work done with little fuss - qualities of the well-rounded and grounded employee
If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect. Ted Turner

- Going to the next level, and what that means to YOU
It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts. Ella Fitzgerald
If you don’t know where you’re going, when you get there you’ll be lost. Yogi Berra

- Being proactive - taking responsibility/ownership for tasks
Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell
When you come to the fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra

- Knowing when to ask questions, and who to ask
Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. Pearl Buck

- Managing deadlines
Due to a lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled. Anonymous

- Dealing with conflict and adapting to change in a professional manner
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. Maya Angelo
Change is good. You go first. Dilbert

- Teamwork
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. Margaret Mead
Remember, nobody wins unless everybody wins. Bruce Springsteen

Former civil litigator turned professor, Perry Binder, offers paralegals a mirror to reflect on unacceptable behavior witnessed in the practice of law. Participants get to “learn by example,” with Perry’s original and hilarious lessons. The ultimate goal of the session is for paralegals to envision living a rewarding professional life, through civility, humor, humility, and stress reduction. Perry uses examples dealing with law or other professions to draw behavioral parallels evidenced by legal professionals.

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