It’s a beautiful summer day. I’m on a walk. The weather is perfect. As I make my way down by the river, I’m listening to an audio book. I’m learning from Gerry Spence about how to make a closing argument. Spence is one of the greatest trial lawyers ever. He teaches a college in Wyoming that costs thousands to attend over 3 weeks. For 1 Audible credit, I get to spend nearly 5 hours with Spence. I treasure our time together.
You need to go to a formal seminar if you are someone looking for CLE credit. Audible is the best buy in attorney cle.
If you are dedicated to improving your practice – look to Audible.com. Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service. Audible’s pricing is as follows:
Gold Monthly $14.95 per month – 1 credit each month
Platinum Monthly $22.95 per month 2 credits each month
Gold Annual $149.50 per year 12
Platinum Annual $229.50 per year 24
A single CLE class can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
The advantage of Audible is you can listen to your books in the car or on a walk. It’s a fantastic way to learn when you are pressed for time. Here are some suggestions of books that can’t help but make you a better attorney:
Win Your Case: How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail, Every Place, Every Time by Gerry Spence. Spence reads the book. It is fantastic. A tour de force on persuasion.
The E-Myth Attorney: Why Most Legal Practices Don’t Work and What to Do about It: This book may challenge the way you look at your practice. Are you self employed or are you running a firm?
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brene Brown. Law, at least most of it, is a people profession. Learn about the shame, vulnerability and courage that are at the core of our practices and cases.
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In: We negotiate for a living. This book offers practical advice that will benefit you and your clients.
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You: Your firm is your systems and the people who manage those systems. Do you have systems? We all need systems. Systems, systems, systems.
There are many other books that are worthy of your time. I burn through 24 credits a year. Reading all sorts of books on neuroscience, meditation, law, communication, and business. What I get is a steal for $229.50.