Recent Microblog Posts – August 30, 2010

Here’s the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.

Here are recent posts from the microblog:

Ron Friedmann – The Inside Counsel Law Department Innovation Winners – http://bit.ly/czKCdb

2010 InsideLegal/ILTA Member Technology Purchasing Survey released – http://bit.ly/aQW5D8 – #ilta10

Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the ILTA Conference, but will follow the #ilta10 hashtag. http://bit.ly/aRv2q8

Join @tommighell, @catherinereach and me on 8/19 for webinar on “Creating Your Online Presence” – http://bit.ly/cpbJ7b

New blog post about new Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast: “The Siteless Web Presence” – http://bit.ly/aQjdiV

Kevin Kelly: Google Drawing is “the best simple drawing program there is” – http://bit.ly/8XK8Pb

In Their Own Words – BBC’s archive of interviews with British novelists – http://bbc.in/a8kM57

New blog post about upcoming “Creating Your Online Presence” webinar on Thursday – http://bit.ly/cpbJ7b

RT @InsideLegal: Microsoft’s legal cloud strategy explained by Norm Thomas http://ow.ly/2pVI5 #ilta10

Adam Smith, Esq. – You Can Ignore 5 of These Trends: But Only 5 – http://bit.ly/deXlJw

Ron Friedmann: A New Generation of Online Legal Services? http://bit.ly/cfZSra

Dave Snowden wonders why people say the things they do in public on the phone. And so do we all. http://bit.ly/d5e3J2

Jack Vinson: “Make sense personally and with the group” – http://bit.ly/aX6TXs – why people blog

Olivia Mitchell: Are you ready for the third era in presenting? http://bit.ly/9ugy4i I’m a big fan of Open Space Technology

Vanessa Fox: Knowledge is a mashup (Smithsonian Commons project) – http://oreil.ly/ciim6c

RT @ABATECHSHOW: Tom Mighell, David Bilinsky and Dennis Kennedy team up for Creating Your Online Presence: http://bit.ly/arAJPm #techshow

Curt Hopkins: I Don’t Know Much About Art But I Know What’s Online – http://bit.ly/9vL6GI

New blog post: A Podcast Listener’s Guide – http://bit.ly/9o0LuF – a new episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast

Encyclopedia Britannica Blog: Remembering Hiroshima (Picture Essay of the Day) – http://bit.ly/avIXTX

RT @TomMighell: In the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, we offer A Podcast Listener’s Guide: http://bit.ly/caX9H2

RT @FredFaulknerIV: Google Wave finds itself delegated to the shelf. Let’s see what gets inc. into other Google tools. http://bit.ly/bg3ixC

New blog post: Powering Up Your Personal Productivity – Podcast http://bit.ly/a3HNJK

Scott Scheper: The To Do List Secret Everybody Ought to Know – http://bit.ly/cr4Hwh – a helpful 80/20 rule

RT @collabtools: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies – 20% off this week! http://bit.ly/aoafoA

New Kennedy-Mighell Report,podcast featuring @allisonshields: Powering Up Your Personal Productivity – http://bit.ly/doNtd0

New blog post: Ten Tips for Technology Committees – http://bit.ly/cn0Xmp

Adam Pash: Four Solid Methods for Getting Back Your Lost Thumb Drive – http://bit.ly/c6Msa4

Contracts and document assembly: Best of Exari Blog, part 1 – http://bit.ly/dzi5lj [Great blogging idea too]

Alexandra Samuel: 10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life – http://bit.ly/d7g69k

Elinor Mills: What to do with passwords once you create them – http://bit.ly/9fjTxo

New blog post – “Power Panels – Tips for Tech Committees” – http://bit.ly/9hoy7w

New blog post: “Lawyers as Project Managers – Podcast” – http://bit.ly/9g2VGT – Kennedy-Mighell Report legal tech podcast

New blog post: “The Summer of the Smartphone – Podcast” – http://bit.ly/aizgHn

Lucy Kellaway: “It’s time sack job appraisals” – http://bit.ly/bWATuK – eye-opening perspectives on performance reviews

Nick Morgan: 10 Rules for Presenting as a Team – http://bit.ly/dbmoRj (great advice for panels too)

Glen Alleman: “What did we get for the money we spent?” and other top questions for project managers – http://bit.ly/bb0PpM

Nat Torkington: Clue is a renewable resource – http://oreil.ly/c0PF1h

Sad to learn of death of tax legend Marty GInsburg, one of my favorite Georgetown law profs – http://bit.ly/d6CpsV

5 tips for an effective technology committee – http://bit.ly/adIIV9 – my new ABA Journal column

Aliza Sherman: “Identifying Your Social Media Triad” – http://bit.ly/bQek4H – presence, reach and interaction

The Summer of the Smartphone http://bit.ly/9D9VjJ – new episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast

From Greatest American Lawyer – “iPad for Lawyers: The Easiest Access to Information” – http://bit.ly/aTpvQu

Simplifying Legal Technology Strategies – new episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – http://bit.ly/aKOGw5

Posted a new collection of microblog posts on DennisKennedy.Blog – http://bit.ly/9IRAsy

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Siteless Web Presence – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “The Siteless Web Presence” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber.

Here’s the episode (#36) description:

The conventional wisdom has long been that your website, or perhaps your blog, should be at the core of your web presence. Today, your Internet presence is likely to consist of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts, and a variety of other places people can find you. Is this expansion of “presence” changing the common wisdom and bringing us to what’s been called the “Siteless Web”? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the changing Internet environment, whether a website really matters anymore, and how to manage your multi-faceted presence on the Internet.

My friend Ernie the Attorney used to say sometimes that when he didn’t know what he thought about something, he would write a blog post just to learn what he actually thought.

In this episode, Tom and I took that approach. We knew that we wanted to think about the topic of the “Siteless Web” as a way to get a few thoughts together for the webinar we’re doing tomorrow, but we weren’t sure what those thoughts would be. So, rather than go into the podcast with an agenda, we decided just to talk about the topic and see where it led us.

We hope you like this approach.

The “Siteless Web Presence” refers to the potential movement away from a central website or blog to which you direct your audience and have control over what information they get to decentralized web presence that recognizes, especially in the world of social media, that you may have audiences that don’t go to your website or blog, but get information about you and from you in a variety of ways and ways in which you might not have the same degree of control as a website or blog.

Tom sets out a structural way to think about this based on some of Chris Brogan’s writings, emphasizing the idea of a “home base” and “outposts.”

Not surprisingly, I push the idea a bit further than most would and suggest we consider the idea of a number of “personal portals” that link to a variety of our web presences and recognize that our audiences vary and come to us in differnet ways.

Is it time to move away from websites and blogs? I don’t think quite yet, but it’s important to think about what the future holds. I will say that if I didn’t already have a longstanding website or blog, I might consider going directly to some of the “siteless” approaches.

In our “stuff Tom and Dennis have been talking about” segment, we take on one aspect of the “siteless web” – Facebook presence, and discuss our thinking about whether it makes sense to create a fan page for our podcast and how we would go about doing that. You get to eavesdrop on our thought process and I think that you’ll find this segment helpful if you are considering how to bring your business into Facebook.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom loads up with a trifecta of Google tips – dragging and dropping Gmail attachments, file conversion, and how to see what Google knows about your social circle. I try an parting shot embedded within a parting shot – recommending the Legal Toolbox podcast and an episode called “The Use of SaaS in the Legal Field” as a great introduction for lawyers to cloud computing, and then a tip from the podcast to try to visit an actual data center if you are considering cloud computing options. If you can’t make an in person visit, there are video tours (example) you can find on the Web. I predict it will change the way you think about cloud computing.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Creating Your Online Presence – Webinar on Thursday

I wanted to point you to what should be a great webinar on Thursday (August 19) from the ABA Law Practice Management Section and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education called “Creating Your Online Presence.”

The webinar features as speakers the noted experts Tom Mighell and Dave Bilinsky. I’ll be part of the webinar as moderator of the session. I’ve seen the slides already and can tell you that you can expect to learn a lot from this presentation.

Here’s the program description:

In this digital era, clients and prospects expect lawyers to be savvy about their firm’s Web presence. Learn from our experts how to create an effective online presence that works for your practice, your clients and your target audience. Determine which options are wise, based upon your areas of practice, geographical location and your “online personality.” Adding your firm to online directories/legal directories such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Avvo, RocketLawyer and Justia will be discussed. Our speakers will also discuss how to setup a blog and whether this is a helpful service to your clients or prospective clients. The pros and cons of using free or lawyer-specific blogging platforms will be part of this discussion. You will walk away from this session with the ability to take the social media plunge, having seen practical examples of how to setup your own Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Take the plunge!

The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern (12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central; 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain; 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific).

Registration and other details may be found here.

There’s a nice discount for ABA Law Practice Management Section members. Even better, there’s a nice discount for ABA members who join the LPM Section in connection with this webinar – definitely a win-win proposition.

Hope to “see” you at the webinar. As moderator, if you want to send me a question ahead of time, please do so.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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A Podcast Listener’s Guide – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “A Podcast Listener’s Guide” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber.

Here’s the episode (#35) description:

Lawyers have started to dabble in listening to and creating podcasts. Most of the emphasis we see is on how to create podcasts. However, listening regularly to podcasts can bring you a treasure trove of timely and practical information, especially if you don’t have time to read everything in your “to read” stack. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer some great tips and techniques for improving your use of podcasts, making the most of your listening time, and generally opening the doors to an underused information resource.

I’ve talked to a number of people recently who listen to the occasional podcast, but don’t really seem to take advantage of greats ways to use podcasts. People tell me that they listen to podcasts they find a direct link to or they visit the website of a podcast to download an episode from time to time. In most cases, they don’t seem to take advantage of the best way to consume podcasts – subscribing to them.

At the same time, I noticed that most of the articles and posts I see about podcasts, especially for lawyers, seem to focus on whether and how to produce your own podcast.

As in most aspects of the Internet these days, you can get benefit from being a producer or a consumer. Too often, people neglect the significant benefits of becoming a smart consumer of content. Hence, the idea for this podcast.

I’ve listened to audio content (books on tape, seminars, CDs, etc.) for many years. I’m definitely an audio learner.

I also noticed several years ago that you could listen to commercial radio on a short car trip and never hear anything other than commercials or DJ promotional chatter for your whole trip. Even National Public Radio, which reduces the “commercials,” still gives you the audio content in the order they want.

As we mention several times in the podcast, the key way to think about podcasts is as “Tivo for radio.” This is especially true since organizations like NPR make so much of their daily content available for free later as podcasts. By subscribing to podcasts, you can listen to programs when you want, where you want and in the ways you want. You might listen on an iPod or on your computer, in your car or office or while working out.

Two key points:

First, the big benefit I see to podcasts is the control it gives you as a listener. You can determine what you listen to when and where. It’s difficult to overestimate the value of portability. If you use iTunes, you also are able to use its control features (organizing into playlists, listening at double speed, et al.).

Second, you really need to take advantage of the ability to subscribe to podcasts, either through iTunes or via an RSS feed. By subscribing, the podcasts automatically come to you and you never have to go out again and look for individual episodes. Your task becomes one of management rather than finding.

We go into all of this in a good amount of detail on the podcast. I think you’ll find it helpful.

As a note, if Tom seems surprised at one point, it’s because he actually was surprised that he had convinced me to change my approach and use the method he uses. I actually am willing to consider good ideas and and make changes based on them.

In our “Questions and Answers” segment, we anticpate our audience question (i.e., “What podcasts do you listen to?”) and provide a list (and mini-reviews) of some of our favorite podcasts these days. You can put together a pretty good list just by taking notes from this section.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom, a huge fan of e-books, recommends Calibre as an e-book management tool. I note a great little Internet Explorer 8 tip our friend Adriana Linares tweeted recently – simply hitting the key will reveal the standard menus (File, Edit, View, etc.) at the top that are missing from the standard view in IE8. It’s a simple tip that can make your life just a little easier.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Powering Up Your Personal Productivity – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Powering Up Your Personal Productivity” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber.

Here’s the episode description:

“Do more with less” is a mantra of the day. One of the great promises of the day is that technology will organize and optimize us, as computers take over the work we don’t need to do and make our lives easier. The reality feels more like a jammed email inbox, a mountain of to-do lists and technology we often fight with. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell and special guest Allison Shields, discuss the importance of improving personal productivity and the role technology, when done well, can play in optimizing your work, enhancing your productivity and simplifying your life.

We haven’t had a guest host for a while and we wanted to talked about personal productivity. When it comes to personal productivity for lawyers, law practice management consultant Allison Shields of LawyerMeltdown.com and the Legal Ease Blog is certainly the first person I think of. She has published many articles, blog posts and podcasts on personal productivity for lawyers. All of them are highly practical and she speaks/writes in ways that lawyers can understand, presenting great information that you can put into immediate use. Tom and I were very pleased that she was able to fit a visit to our podcast into her busy schedule.

There’s a lot of great information and discussion about personal productivity in this podcast. In my opinion, anyone who listens to the podcast will take away at least one great tip that will help make his or her life a little easier than it is today.

We launch in with the basic, troubling question of whether technology designed to make us more productive has actually made us feel less productive and more overwhelmed than ever before. Our answers might surprise you. Then, it’s on to the impact of billing time on productivity, the central role of email management and whether there might be a “magic bullet.” If there’s a magic bullet, I haven’t found it. We also discuss the importance of seeing productivity as a process.

Allison offers a very useful way to think about categories of productivity and the need to assess where you have the biggest needs and what tools best address those needs.

We try to end on a note of hope, even though improving productivity is an ongoing battle for all of us.

In our “Questions and Answers” segment, we ask Allison “What are your best tips for improving personal productivity using technology?” Allison has some great ideas, especially about using calendars, and Tom and I chime in with a few tips of our own.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Allison notes that effective use of Outlook is a key element in improving productivity and recommends Ben Schorr’s The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007. She also raves about an online scheduler called Tungle. Tom is also a fan of Tungle, and offers the new EverNote Trunk as his parting shot. EverNote Trunk is described as “a showcase of great apps and products that makes your Evernote experience more awesome.” I maintain that David Allen’s works are essential to understanding personal productivity and highly recommend his books, Getting Things Done and Making It All Work, and some GTD blogs and websites, including David’s website (lots of free resources) and the blog GTD Times.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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