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Zooming Successfully

Zoom is a popular tool for conferences, meetings, and seminars. Assure the success of Zoom events by using a paid Zoom account that allows more participants, unlimited meeting time, and recording. Careful choose Zoom settings like waiting rooms, muting on entry, and granting co-host controls. Ask someone to help you with logistics like inviting participants, muting their microphones, and troubleshooting technical difficulties. Schedule a rehearsal for practice and offer tips to help participants who are new to Zoom.  Prior to launching a Zoom event, remember to adjust lighting, pick background, and dress for success. Read articles about getting started , chatting tips , and  user guides . Read books like Zoom for Dummies  and Engaging Learners Through Zoom .

Protecting Passwords

Getting “pwned”  means that your password has been exposed by a data breach. A website called  haveibeenpwned  is a free source for determining whether your accounts have been pwned.  Avoid being pwned by: 1) being alert to  phishing scams and spam; 2) using caution  when opening files; 3) avoiding malicious links; 4) e nabling two-factor authentication; 5) using s trong passwords;  and 6) installing  a password manager.  If you have been pwned: 1) make sure y our antivirus programs and operating systems are up to date; 2) s can your device for malware; 3) c hange your passwords; 4) c hange security questions; and 5) c heck the settings of your email accounts to assure that they haven't been set to automatically forward messages.  For more tips, read articles about security , protecting data ,  receiving pwned alerts  and steps to take if you've been pwned . Also see the ABA’s Cybersecurity Handbook .

Keeping Offices Healthy

Protect your staff and clients against diseases like the Coronavirus.  Enhance surface cleaning with disinfectants, increase intake of outside air, upgrade furnace filters, and use UV lights in HVAC systems. Remove chairs to reduce the capacity of  conference rooms and waiting rooms.  Space cubicles further apart and install plexiglass dividers between them. For more tips, read articles about pandemic proofing your office ,  redesigning office space,  and reimagining workplaces . Consult the resources at Covid websites maintained by the ABA ,  CDC and WHO . 

Working Smarter

Work smarter in the New Year to achieve career success, balance work/life, and reduce stress. Smart techniques include automating, delegating, organizing, outsourcing and prioritizing. Read articles with  tactics ,  tips  and  technology  for working smarter. For in depth study, read the ABA’s  Lawyer Guide to Working Smarter  and other books about  improving productivity

Improving Your Writing

  Improve your writing by using active voice, action verbs, present tense, singular nouns and other principles of clear writing . Get inspired by reading  an article about the importance of improving writing throughout your career. Then enhance your writing skills by reading articles about  Common Mistakes ,  Grammar Goofs ,  Muddled Writing ,  and  Writing Tips  and Resources .  Visit the Federal Register website for its  Plain Language Tools ,  Drafting Resources , Newsletter  and  Handbook . Read  ABA books about  Grammar and Writing,   Judicial Perspectiveson the Written Word , and  Legal Writing Resources . Proofread your writing with  Grammarly ,  Microsoft Edtor , and other writing tools .

Learning from Twain

Mark Twain learned about law from his father who was a Justice of the Peace. Twain's writings have several lessons for lawyers, including learning from mistakes, listening to your opponent, and pausing during presentations. Get inspired by reading Twain's  biography , his  tips for lawyers , and his  lessons for life . For deeper learning, read his  books and an anthology of his  humorous observations about life and lawyers .

Preparing Witnesses Virtually

Use virtual preparation to improve witness performance at trials and depositions. During practice sessions, keep conversations informal, make briefings short, and use playback as a teaching tool. For more tips, read articles about best practices ,  ethical rules , expert witnesses , and  virtual preparation . For comprehensive study, read the ABA's Guide to Preparing Witnesses .