What Business Owners Need To Know About Arbitration Agreements

Attorneys Joey Vitale and yours truly share thoughts about arbitration agreements after the new Uber sexual assault and harassment policy and, recent #SCOTUS ruling upholding workplace arbitration contracts barring class actions.

If you like these tips, please join us each Wednesday at 11 am PT (2 pm ET and 7 pm London) at the LegalHour.live 

Inside The Mind Of A Real-Time Marketing Master by Daniel Marcos

It was a pleasure being interviewed by Daniel Marcos in his article, “Inside The Mind Of A Real-Time Marketing Master.” Daniel did a great job of digging deep and finding out how and why we use real-time marketing and branding, like newsjacking, to provide unique content, help others, and build our brand.

I think this small part of his article nailed exactly how we’re doing the real-time newsjacking dance and so I’m sharing it here with you. There’s no reason that you can’t do the same thing. BTW, you can read the entire article by clicking here.

The Value Of Human Connection In Real-Time Marketing And Newsjacking

Mitch has leveraged topics from all over the world, whether it’s newsjacking about a case out of South Africa, or a trending popular court case out of New York or London. It has allowed his firm to amplify his expertise as a lawyer and share his expertise as a lawyer. Most important, it has allowed Mitch to share his human side as a lawyer and that’s where the real magic happens.

Mitch explains how human connection is an integral factor of his success.

“I’m going for a run on a Saturday morning down at the beach, and the Facebook Cambridge Analytica data breach story breaks. I haven’t shaved, I’ve got my hat on, I’m sweaty, but I just stop and I let everyone know on Periscope, which is Twitter Live, what my immediate thoughts are and, that I’ll be doing a follow-up story on this data breach within the hour everyone can read, watch or listen to at my website.”

“What that does,” Mitch explains “is it shows the consumer, it shows my audience that I’m a human being. I’m a dad, I’m a husband, I’m just like the neighbor next door. I share the same interests as my audience and as a lawyer, I can talk about an aspect of that interest that others may not have thought about. That’s what connects me with my audience, unlike other lawyers.”

Read the full article here.

The Chaotic Life of an Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner

Being a small business owner is crazy hectic. Despite our best efforts, we always seem to be pulled in one direction or another on a daily basis.

The needs of our customers and clients and the demands of ongoing administration, marketing, and paying the bills never stop. For many, doing all this while balancing personal obligations tugs without relief on our hearts, minds, and souls.

This is a reality. This is what it’s like to own a small business and be an entrepreneur.

And it’s all OK.

When I first started practicing law way back in 1986, a partner in a big firm said, “Mitch, get ready to spend the rest of my career trying to get caught up.”

He was right. I’ve never been fully caught up since that day.

You may feel the same way. I want you to know that you’re not alone.

I believe there’s a difference between being caught up and keeping things manageable and under control.

In the law (yes this is a business), we’re all dealing with continually evolving facts, laws, calendars, and jurors. Change and uncertainty are constants.

But here’s the deal. I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s always something new each day, and I haven’t been bored in more than three decades of practice.

The art of enjoying your business and practicing effective time management is to understand and embrace controlled chaos. Do what you enjoy doing and for the most part, delegate everything else out.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Understand that you don’t have to be in control of everything.

Appreciate the reality that when all said and done, the sun will come up tomorrow and everything you didn’t get to today can probably be done tomorrow, the next day or maybe even next week.

It’s OK.

Most concerns of small business owners are just first world problems.

When I’m neck deep in controlled chaos, I try to do what Mike the Milkman suggested long ago. Do this, and you’ll be just fine.

I promise. I speak from experience.

I’ve been there. Hell, I’m still there. I’ve just learned not to let all of the nagging first world problems get under my skin.

Embrace the opportunity and excitement of having your own business. Enjoy the journey, take care of your customers and clients, and always keep moving forward.

By the way, if this post made sense to you and, you think I added a bit of perspective to owning a small business and being an entrepreneur, feel free to click here to share this post on Twitter 😉

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Mike the Milkman Delivers His Three Keys to Success!

I’m a trial lawyer, and when I go to court, I’m usually surrounded by a lot of really smart people. For the most part, the judges are brilliant, and opposing counsel usually brings their “A” game.

But here’s the deal; despite being around all these bright people day in and day out, none of them come close to being as smart as my father-in-law. His name is Mike, and he’s a retired milkman.

He has a year or two of community college under his belt, he enlisted in the army, didn’t finish his formal degree, and the rest is history. Mike majored in people skills and minor in street smarts, common sense, and hard work.

His business career started out with loading heavy milk crates onto the back of tall trucks. Twenty years later, it ended with him owning a successful dairy distributorship and being selected as Chairman of the Board of his bank.

He retired at 52. Not bad for a milkman.

Mike’s one of the brightest guys I’ve ever been around, and he’ll tell you that one of his best early decisions in life was marrying Joyce, his bride of 57 years. She’s not only been his business partner since day one but also a big reason their three daughters have all grown up to be smart, intelligent and successful independent women.

After Mike and Joyce had sold the dairy distributorship, he and some friends decided their community needed a new bank, and so they started one. None of them had any banking experience, and I still remember Mike sitting on the living room floor playing around with different bank logo designs, with stacks of banking regulations and documents stacked beside him for review. As things turned out, the bank thrived and was eventually sold to a large national banking institution for a very nice profit.

Mike’s Three Keys To Success

Before I married his daughter, Mike asked me if I had my priorities in the right order. The look I gave him must not have been very reassuring because he immediately added, “Mitch, here’s what you need to do. Here are my three keys to success…

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Our New Jackson & Wilson Website

Many of you know me only as the “Streaming Lawyer.”

What you may not know is that for the past 32 years, I’ve been one of the Senior Partners of a California litigation and trial lawyer law firm that I started back in 1986 called “Jackson & Wilson, Inc.”

This past weekend we updated our law firm website with the help of Scorpion (full disclosure, I’m a brand ambassador for the company). We happen to think the new site is fantastic and would enjoy your feedback and suggestions. When you have a couple of minutes, please click here to take a look.

Thanks!

 

The Master of Newsjacking!

 

Earlier today I enjoyed joining marketing and #newsjacking expert, David Meerman Scott, for a few minutes on today’s Growth Institute Webinar, “Real-Time Marketing for CEOs: How to get noticed, get leads and grow your business.”

I’m not sure if there will be a recorded version of the live show but click here for the original link. If it’s recorded and available to the general public, I’ll update this post and share 😉