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The Innovative CLE

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My keynote presentation at ACLEA (Association of Continuing Legal Education) in New York City on July 26, 2010.

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The Innovative CLE

  1. 1. FutureCLE Ten Bold Proposals for Change by Matthew Homann LexThink LLC
  2. 2. LexThink .com innovation: for lawyers
  3. 3. Shiny shiny syndrome.
  4. 4. If you had to change everything about CLE, where would you start?
  5. 5. Please don’t throw things!
  6. 6. The practice of law depends upon precedents. The education of lawyers does not.
  7. 7. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.
  8. 8. Don’t be chicken.
  9. 9. The things that change fastest aren’t always the ones we expect.
  10. 10. How many of your audience members still come in a fedora?
  11. 11. Your audience has less attention to pay than ever before.
  12. 12. Remote audiences aren’t really there.
  13. 13. Use of information no longer depends upon knowledge.
  14. 14. FREE MCLE CREDITS
  15. 15. Proximity to information is now: irrelevant.
  16. 16. True innovation requires more than using different tools to do the same thing.
  17. 17. True innovation requires more than charging a different way for the same thing.
  18. 18. People complain loudest about the prices of things they don’t want to buy. © Matthew Homann 2010 All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. The cost your attendees care most about is their time.
  20. 20. Your attendees compare the service they receive from you to everybody.
  21. 21. So where do we go now?
  22. 22. One size doesn’t have to fit all.
  23. 23. Slay the sacred cows.
  24. 24. Know that small bites are better.
  25. 25. Jenny, I got your number, I’m going to make you mine. Jenny, don’t change your number: ____ ____ ____ - ____ ____ ____ ____
  26. 26. Survey better.
  27. 27. “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” -- Henry Ford
  28. 28. Listen better to your attendees.
  29. 29. Use Better Speakers
  30. 30. Give speakers a grade.
  31. 31. And share those grades with others.
  32. 32. Nurture new presenters.
  33. 33. Make real time for questions and answers.
  34. 34. Never underestimate your audience’s tolerance for novelty.
  35. 35. Joe Attendee ------ Name ------ Photo Rethink DC 12 Lit ------ Town, Years in Practice, Specialty the Name Tag. I help companies avoid ------ Seven Word Bio big litigation headaches. Joe@MyLawFirm.com ------ Email 314 266 9635 ------ Cell Phone 15 | 24 | 4 | 7 ------ Table Assignments
  36. 36. “Un” it
  37. 37. [ white space ]
  38. 38. Being plugged in isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  39. 39. People working together learn better.
  40. 40. Games aren’t just for kids.
  41. 41. People network better when they’re thinking together than when they’re drinking together.
  42. 42. Plan to miss occasionally.
  43. 43. Turn the lens on ourselves.
  44. 44. Rethink the hour.
  45. 45. Six minute presentations.
  46. 46. Matthew Homann is the founder of LexThink and the author of the [non]billable hour blog. You can reach him at Matt @ LexThink.com or follow him on Twitter @MattHomann.

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