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Front Page - Friday, October 16, 2015


Tea Hoffman, Esq., Law Strategy Corporation

Kurtis J. Winstead, Partner/Rudy, Wood &Winstead, PLLC

Thursday, October 29, 2015

8:00 am - Registration

8:30 am – 4:40 pm

Springhill Suites Marriott

495 Riverfront Parkway

6.5 Hours DUAL CLE Credit

$200.00 Members / $300 non-members

No one wants to operate in survival mode.  But, some lawyers feel like they are losing the day to day battle against mounting competition, client loyalty and fundamental changes in the legal marketplace.  Not to mention the fact that they can’t seem to find enough time in the day to get everything they need to get done accomplished.  

            This interactive, military themed, full-day boot camp is designed for any lawyer who wants to successfully navigate the minefield of today’s legal landscape, develop strategies, operational plans and techniques to gain future success.  From beginning to end, this interactive program will provide every participant with takeaways that they can use immediately to improve their practice. 


8:30 – 9:30

Strategy, Operations and Tactics (Tea Hoffmann and Kurt Winsted)

Running Your Firm the Army Way

Law school prepared us to think like lawyers, but most of us did not learn how to operate a law firm or individual practices profitably.  This session is designed to help lawyers “think” like battle-tested Generals prepping for conflict.  In this session, lawyers will learn: 

  • How to approach their individual practice in a more strategic and focused way
  • Which traditional business practices should be scrutinized in order to increase efficiency, profitability and overall effectiveness 
  • Everyday tactics that can create more clout and loyalty with your clients and peers


9:30 – 10:30

The Art of War (Tea Hoffmann)    -   The 90 Day Strategy

Few would willingly go to war without a battle plan.  Yet, many firms and individual lawyers still operate without a good strategic plan.  But, most lawyers who have developed plans in the past have found little success with implementation.  This program focuses on how to develop a “90 Day Strategy” intended to get firms and lawyers focused on what is most impactful and can be done in the next 90 days.  Once lawyers see how the process works, this strategy can be duplicated at the firm or individual level.  This session will include the following and much more:  

  • The benefits of having a plan
  • Critical elements in “90 Day” strategic planning process
  • Overcoming obstacles of the planning process
  • How strategy can be implemented at every level of the firm
  • Tips to duplicate the “90 Day” strategic plan


10:45 – 12:00

Individual Maneuvers (Tea Hoffmann, Kurt Winstead and Keysha Walker)

Developing Your Individual Marketing Action Plan

Every soldier has one goal…to defend and protect the homeland.  Lawyers are no different.  In today’s world, lawyers have to closely monitor their clients, stay abreast of their areas of expertise and run profitable practices.  In this interactive session, lawyers, with the

  • Set individual marketing goals for their practices
  • Understand the components of a strong Individual Marketing Action Plan (IMAP) 
  • Begin the exercise of preparing their own IMAP

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 3:00

Global Assault


LinkedIn and Social Media, Navigating the Land Mines of Professional Conduct

Who could imagine even ten years ago that clients from across the globe would be vetting their lawyers via social media?  But yet, we know that the practice has gone “global.”  Networking via social media is now a common practice, but it is not without risk.  Platforms like LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to build professional relationships, promote services, and increase thought leadership.  Lawyers using LinkedIn and other social networking sites must consider the ethical ramifications of online networking. This session is intended for those who need hands-on LinkedIn help. 

During this session, they will learn:

  • An overview of social media tools
  • How to use LinkedIn as a professional networking tool without violating ethical rules (please bring your laptop to this session)

Hands on training on how to maximize or create 

Track Two:  (Tea Hoffmann, Kurt Winstead)

Time Stealers

Today’s pace is faster than ever.  What would happen to your day if you could just get 20 minutes back? This program is designed for anyone who struggles with how to make the most of their day by increasing the way they use their time.  Some of the things lawyer will learn in this session include: 

  • The most common time stealers for lawyers and how to avoid them
  • How your core values intersect with your ability to manage your time management
  • How to organize your day around your most productive hours
  • How to respectfully say no to obligations that take your time without providing benefit

3:00 – 3:10 Break 

3:10 – 4:40

Troop Surge - Networking Skills for Today’s Lawyer

Most lawyers understand the value of networking, but for many, the idea of doing one more thing after facing a long day is daunting.  This program begins with a great overview of the best practices in networking followed by a 30 minute “battlefield simulated” format which provides lawyers (of any rank) an opportunity to practice what they have learned with each other.  In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Which networking events will lead to business opportunities
  • How to introduce themselves without sounding scripted
  • How to end a conversation without offending
  • How to recognize body language cues to improve communication
  • How to better memorize names and faces
  • How and when to follow-up on networking events

To register: Call the Chattanooga Bar Association at (423) 602-9430 or email Lynda Hood at lhood@ChattanoogaBar.org.