Why should I get coaching in the first place?
Law can be a highly rewarding profession, but the day-to-day practice of law presents challenges. Some of those challenges relate to the skills necessary to the sucessful practice of law. You could talk to your colleagues about them, but they don’t have the time to help you because of the pressures they face. Plus, your colleagues aren’t trained to help you develop skills and strategies to overcome your challenges, and, in many cases, they have a bias. A trained coach, who is also a lawyer, has a professional background that helps the coach understand your context, has the time, training and interest in working with you, and has only one bias–helping you reach your goals successfully.
Why should I use Partner Up instead of other coaches?
Coaching unlike the legal profession is unregulated. Anyone can hang up a shingle and claim to be a coach. All of Partner Up’s coaches are members of the International Coach Federation (“ICF”) and are either certified or working toward certification. That means each professional development coach has taken a minimum of 60 hours of classroom training on coaching, understands ICF’s core competencies and, as an ICF member, has agreed to adhere to their code of Ethics. This assures you of confidentiality and professionalism in all of your dealings with Partner Up coaches.
Most, but not all, of our coaches are lawyers. We have found that sometimes our clients prefer non-lawyers.
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Does this sound like you?
- I’m overwhelmed, I don’t know how to turn down work.
- I got a lukewarm review, now what?
- My review included unfair or inaccurate feedback from a partner. What should I do?
- I was told that I need to learn to delegate and I’m not sure how to do that effectively without micromanaging.
- I delegated something to a junior associate, and they missed the deadline, what do I do?
- I have conflicting priorities, how do I keep everyone happy?
- Is this what I really want to do for the rest of my life?
- I like (my firm, the area of law I practice in) but my current working environment isn’t working for me, how do I change it?
- I’m having problems with setting boundaries.
- I’m worried about transitioning from law student to lawyer.
- I feel like my classmates who have parents who are lawyers, have an advantage, what do they know that I don’t?
- How do I manage my time?
- How do I prioritize?
- What if I have a learning disability, do I ask for accommodations?
If this sounds like something that could help you move forward in your life or career, please schedule a free introductory call (30 minutes) by clicking the blue button.
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- Deposition Skills–Want to hone your skills but don’t have the time to take a multi-day practical skills course or there isn’t a course available when and where it’s convenient for you or you want one tailored to your needs? Our coaches have been taking depositions and teaching deposition skills for more than 25 years. We offer one-on-one coaching in deposition skills tailored to your needs on your schedule.
- Trial Skills–Want to expand your trial skills or try something new but can’t take a week out from your practice or be away from your home or office for a week? Or perhaps you only want to work on one skill like expert cross-examination? Our coaches have tried criminal and civil cases for 25+ years, taught trial advocacy in both law schools and for CLE providers. We offer one-on-one coaching in trial skills tailored to your needs on your schedule.
- Writing–Want to improve your writing? Do you want to write more persuasively or succinctly? Our writing coaches will coach you on how to be a better writer, how to edit your own work and how to increase your readability. Our writing coaches are not editors, they are coaches committed to making you a better writer.
- Oral Presentations–Whether you are arguing motions or making presentations to clients, government or courts, our coaches can help you hone your oral presentation skills.
If this sounds like something that could help you, please schedule a free introductory call (30 minutes) by clicking the blue button.
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What coaching services does Partner Up offer?
Partner Up offers three types of coaching services. Professional development coaching which is designed to assist members of the legal profession develop and execute strategies to deal with the challenges they face. Professional skills coaching which is bespoke one-on-one training offered to enhance the deposition, writing, litigation, trial or oral presentation skills of the experienced practitioner and sales training for all levels of experience in bringing in business. ADHD coaching is for professionals who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or who exhibit 2 or more of the characteristics ADHD and want to learn strategies to deal with those issues.
What is a coaching session like?
The client sets the agenda. In advance of the session, your coach will ask you to identify the issue you want to talk about and what you would like to accomplish during your session. Once you have set the agenda, the coach will ask you to describe the current situation and how it needs to change. Then, through powerful questioning and discussion, the client and the coach will develop a tentative strategy to deal with the challenge and establish an action plan. Because the coach regards the client as intelligent, creative, resourceful and whole, the coach does not tell the client what to do. The coach facilitates the client’s exploration of the challenge and development of an approach. Many coaching sessions end with an action plan and the following session begins with a discussion of how execution of the plan worked with either a celebration of success or a discussion of what was learned and modifications of the plan if needed.
How does skills coaching work?
Skills coaching is highly individualized. It can consist of a review of a writing sample or deposition transcripts with written and oral comments from the coach followed up by meeting in person or via the Internet. It can also be a mock examination or cross-examination of a witness or moots of motion arguments, openings or closings. These can be done in person or over the Internet for as long or as short as the client desires. This type of coaching is tailored to the client’s needs, schedule and learning style.
What is the difference between Career coaching and ADHD coaching?
Both forms are similar in that the client sets the agenda and the client and coach work together to formulate a plan to meet the client’s goals. The key difference is that in ADHD coaching, the coach educates the client about ADHD and how it may be impacting the client, both positively and negatively. An ADHD coach then works with the client to build upon their strengths, to develop strategies to deal with their weaknesses and provides other resources to support the client in achieving their goals.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How are coaching services delivered?
Professional Coaching, which focused on career and personal development issues is delivered by phone or Internet. Professional Skills coaching can be delivered by phone, Internet or in person depending on the client’s needs, schedule and budget.
Is coaching confidential?
Yes. The International Coach Federation ethics rules require coaches to keep the identity of their clients confidential as well as the content of any communications. However, there is no coach client privilege comparable to attorney-client privilege.
Do you coach non-lawyers?
Yes. Several of our clients are not attorneys but use our services to deal with the same types of issues that attorneys do. These issues include returning to work after parental leave, dealing with stress, working with difficult colleagues, goal setting, working with difficult colleagues and the like.
How long does coaching take?
It depends on the client’s needs. In most cases, coaching sessions are about 1 hour every other week for the first three months. After the first three months, the frequency of coaching sessions may become less frequent. Typically, depending on the client’s goals, the client and coach will review the progress of the coaching relationship about every 3 months to make sure that the client feels that they are making progress. Coaching ends when the client feels that they have achieved their goals.
Does Partner Up offer a sliding scale on its fees?
Yes, we have a limited number of scholarship slots available. Feel free to discuss this with your coach.
Rosemary is amazing! She is wonderful at listening to the issues I face, personal or professional, and asks insightful questions to not only help me better understand my feeling and perspective but also to help me generate solutions to my own problems. The session isn’t over then, though we usually also talk about a more long term plan of development towards my life goals and ambitions. Thanks to Rosie’s help, I’m in a completely different and happier place from where I was when we started together a year ago.
Rosemary coached me through 2 career transitions. Both times her coaching was enriched by her extensive career experience and helped me achieve my personal and career goals. She was fully committed to my success and kept me focused on what was important.
I started working with Rosie because after becoming a coach myself, I saw just how valuable it was to have someone to talk with outside of family and friends about life, career and personal needs. Rosie’s coaching is the perfect combination of being supportive while also challenging me and pushing me to try new things or see things in new ways. As a result, I have grown professionally and personally and I have seen so many opportunities open up. I could not recommend Rosie more highly!