One of my preferred attorney-clients referred me to his partner, Jim, a guy who lacked any bedside manner whatsoever (he could have given lessons to neurosurgeons) and who, on first impression, could be as intimidating as a late-stage brain cancer diagnosis.
Over time, like a toenail fungal infection, Jim grew on me and eventually became one of my favorite attorneys. I came to respect his brilliance and passion for representing his clients. Before long I was accepting of his poor bedside manner and wasn’t the least intimidated in his presence (well maybe a little). He’s one of the best attorneys in Texas and while I like to think I made him a better attorney, he definitely made me a better consultant by challenging me on the legal nurse consultant jobs I’ve worked on with him.
Whether you’re exhibiting at a legal conference or meeting an attorney at a networking event, be careful of first impressions. It’s easy to reach erroneous conclusions about a person. If you’re dating, I get that first impressions are hard to overcome – but this is business, not a marriage proposal. Attorneys come in all shapes and sizes with different personalities and once you get to know them, you’ll find they’re just like you and me (well almost 🙂 ).
Never casually judge an attorney on first glance. He could turn out to be the most important attorney you’ll meet in the life of your legal nurse consulting business.
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