By Ken Lopez
In the just-finished third quarter, our Litigation Consulting Report blog saw readership records broken yet again. I find this fact amazing not only because records have been broken quarter after quarter for two years, but I find this especially amazing since it happened again during the traditionally slow summer months.
In Q3, we crossed the 3,000 subscribers mark (claim a free subscription here), more than 60,000 pages were viewed on A2LC.com, and an astounding 1,800 people downloaded an average of two publications from us (mostly litigation-focused ebooks). We also saw our social media follows grow by the hundreds on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & YouTube.
I like to track what people read closely since I want to align our future writings and our services to what people are most interested in. Below are published items that our readers read and shared the most during the third quarter of this year.
For the first time, we are including not only our top 20 articles, but we are also listing a variety of social media posts that were very popular. Click through to any of the articles and you will find a button to share each of them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other networks. I encourage you to tell others about the articles you like the most.
Top 20 Articles of Q3-2013:
Top 5 Most Downloaded E-Books (Other Select A2L Litigation E-Books)
Top 10 Most Popular A2L Tweets — Follow A2L on Twitter: Follow @A2LConsulting
Top 5 Most Popular Facebook Posts — Like A2L on Facebook:
Top 5 Most Popular LinkedIn Posts (Follow A2L on LinkedIn)
5. Surviving in a litigation environment requires real mental strength, and I believe almost anyone can build that strength. Along the journey from trial novice to pro, anxiety may get the best of you or a colleague sometimes. Here are: 10 Signs the Pressure is Getting to You and What to Do About It — Do you have other tips for managing anxiety leading up to or at trial that you'd be willing to share? Please do!
4. What is your trial prep regimen? Practice a little or a lot? What do you think of this trial prep mistakes list as a guide? The 14 Most Preventable Trial Preparation Mistakes — find this valuable? Like or comment so others may notice this discussion.
3. Trial technology should not make news, but today it did during the George Zimmerman trial. What painful courtroom technology meltdowns have you witnessed? Here's an article on what went wrong at the Zimmerman trial: Today's Tech Failure at the George Zimmerman Trial Takes Center Stage
2. What are your favorite techniques for researching a judge's likes, dislikes and proclivities? See if your method is listed in this related article, and please list it for the group if not. Read: 21 Ingenious Ways to Research Your Judge — please like or comment so others may see if you find this discussion valuable.
1. Follow Joseph Campbell's classic storytelling pattern to present your client as a hero (see free sharable litigation infographic). In this article, Campbell's 17-step hero's journey is translated for courtroom use. Start telling better stories by reading: Portray Your Client As a Hero in 17 Easy Storytelling Steps ***Please share your best courtroom storytelling war stories and like or comment if you find this article or infographic valuable!