December 14, 2010

THURSDAY: YLD Holiday Party at Mutter Museum; Pre-Registration Recommended

Register now for this year's YLD Holiday Party at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia - home of the Mutter Museum - this Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-9 p.m. The always-popular event includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and access to the Museum's many medical curiosities. Pre-registration is recommended; registration increases $10 at the door. READ MORE

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THURSDAY: YLD Holiday Party at Home of Mutter Museum; Pre-Registration Recommended

This year's YLD Holiday Party takes place at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia - home of the Mutter Museum - this Thursday, Dec. 16, from 6-9 p.m. The always-popular event includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and access to the Museum's many medical curiosities. Pre-registration is recommended; registration increases $10 at the door.

Click here to register.

Also during the Holiday Party, the YLD will host a Holiday Drive, in which items will be collected for local children and teens who receive services through Support Center for Child Advocates and People's Emergency Center. Some suggested donations are: gift cards to department, clothing, food, electronics and book stores, gift cards to restaurants and entertainment venues, warm clothing, alarm clocks and clock radios, art supplies, costume jewelry, disposable cameras, dolls, games, Lego blocks, playing cards, puzzles, sports equipment, toiletries, toys, wallets and purses, and watches.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Rudolph Garcia, 84th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Marketing Corner: Nine Steps to Making Holiday Gatherings a Marketing Success

By Kimberly Alford Rice

The holiday party season is upon us and while festive gatherings can be fun, they can also be a minefield for professionals to navigate. As a new lawyer, it is important to understand the marketing nuances of presenting and building a strong image before workplace superiors, peers, and business contacts. The little things do matter and can be magnified in professional social gathering situations.

The following holiday party tips can help you to make your seasonal engagements a marketing success in furthering a solid reputation and fostering strong business relationships.

1. It's business. Remember that firm and business group holiday parties, are just that - business. This should guide your behavior accordingly from how you present yourself and the topics you raise with your key influencers and superiors. Be friendly but not too familiar.

2. Show up. Understandably, not everyone enjoys holiday parties and can find them uncomfortable and even boring. However, it is important to at least make an appearance at business holiday functions if only to make your presence noticed. Your absence will surely be noted.

3. Be Gracious. Mind your manners in greeting and thanking your hosts. In an office party scenario, seek out firm management and thank them as well. They are, after all, underwriting it.

4. Check the Guest List. Before inviting a guest, double check that spouses/dates are welcome. Sometimes, parties are planned for employees only.

5. Know the Dress Code. The firm holiday party is not where you want to unveil your most form-fitting outfit. Festive is fine, revealing - not so much. The time and place of the party may drive the dress code but if you are unsure, check with your host.

6. Food/Beverage Rules. As with any networking event, it's not about the food and drink. Enjoy yourself but limit your alcohol intake and avoid piling food onto the small plates. It can create awkward and sometimes reputation-damaging situations.

7. Maximize Network Opportunity. Strategize how to effectively network at holiday gathering by chatting with as many colleagues and introducing yourself to those you don't know as well. Office parties present a useful opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and foster new ones.

8. Mind Your Communication. Though holiday gatherings are a perfect place to get to know colleagues and superiors on a more personal level, be mindful not to dominate the conversation. Keep the conversation light and stick with safe topics. The last thing you want to do is to speak disparagingly or complain about anyone or anything. It will undoubtedly come back to haunt you.

9. Relax and enjoy yourself. Embrace the holiday season in the company of your business associates and have fun with it.

Kimberly Alford Rice is Principal of KLA Marketing Associates, a business development advisory firm focusing on servicing the legal sector. Kimberly helps law firms and lawyers develop practical business development and marketing strategies which lead directly to new clients and increased revenues. She can be reached at 609-458-0415 or at kimberly@klamarketing.net.

TODAY AT NOON: Law Firm Workforce Issues for the 21st Century

Natalie Klyashtorny will discuss law firm workforce issues for the 21st century at today's meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

This program will give a primer on human resources issues and challenges confronted by small and medium sized law firms without formal human resources departments, including compliance with statutory requirements. The discussion will also place emphasis on the necessity of maintaining and encouraging a hostile and discrimination-free work environment.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. CLICK HERE to register.

TOMORROW: Hot Topics in Workers' Comp Legislation

Anthony Crisci and Christian M. Petrucci will present the CLE program "Hot Topics in Legislation: What's Important for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner" tomorrow, Dec. 15.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

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