Raised by Wolves? Finding Your Way to Legal Soft Skills Training
What makes a professional stand apart from others in his or her field? There are the usual qualifications of education and experience; however, true professionals don’t stop there especially when it comes to learning. The one thing we can be certain of is change and any informed professional will always be aware of what is trending and what changes are coming not only in the field of law but also with clients, technology, and events that could impact their practice.
I was struck by the importance of soft skills development for legal professionals when reading a recent blog post which begins, “I had lunch with a lawyer recently and left wondering if the guy had been raised by wolves. His table manners were abysmal.” The writer, also a lawyer, was lamenting on the lack of basic table etiquette exhibited by one of his peers.
Obviously this is a person in need of a course on Business Etiquette. In addition to Continuing Legal Education (CLE), it is important not to neglect soft skills training because it delivers benefits not only to you but also to the firm and its clients. Focused professional development opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge, and new skill areas.
Sound reasons for soft skills training include:
- Maintain and enhance the skills you need to work with your peers, staff, and clients.
- Ensure that you stay relevant and up to date with social customs and expected behaviors.
- Make a meaningful contribution to your team by being more effective in the workplace.
- Help you to stay interested and interesting.
With the introduction of LegalMind, Traveling Coaches is turning its attention to creating professional development courses. In the coming months, courses such as Etiquette, Business Communications, Legal Terminology, Business Development, Management by Objectives, SMART Objectives, and Interviewing will be added to our course offerings.
As a professional, it is a career-long obligation.
 Rosen, Lee. “SmallLaw: Dining Etiquette: Don't Spit Food on Your Prospective Client and Other Basic Rules.”