An Attorney’s Guide to Breaking into Podcasting

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If you’ve been following our blog, we’ve been working hard to help you get your name out there—whether it’s through social media, a well-built website, networking, local search engine optimization, or by joining Legal Services Link. Now that you are on your way to becoming a household name, it’s time to start telling potential clients why they should hire you.

Why You Should Podcast

Sometime between law school and where you’re at in your career now, you’ve gained experience and knowledge that many people don’t have. Years of research have made you a credible expert in the legal field, and for some, years of litigation have made you an effective public speaker—a perfect combination for effective podcasting.

Know that this is just as much about educating potential clients as it is about marketing you and your firm. “You’re not selling a vacuum on QVC,” says Juris Page author Daniel Gershburg, “This is an opportunity to speak to real attorneys and professionals, etc., and get their insight and share things of value…for free.”

Gershburg recommends that you go into your podcasting foray expecting nothing—no calls, no clients, no increased revenue. Although this may sound intimidating for those on a budget, this is an opportunity to share your expertise without having to rely on the many clichés that have made their way onto television commercials and lawyer websites (i.e. “we’ll fight for you!”).

Your Ability to Educate becomes a Marketing Opportunity

A podcast also becomes a marketing opportunity for another reason: syndication. You recorded your podcast, now you can link it on your site and blog about the talking points you’ve made, increasing your website content with each episode.

You Build Credibility

Podcasting gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in a particular field. If you answer one question that someone has about a topic, they likely will turn to you to answer other related questions. Just like with social media, the more information you share and the more you podcast, the more followers and exposure you’ll get.

You Let People Know Who You Are

Podcasting is a way to loosen the tie and be yourself for a moment. You have an outlet to showcase your opinions, knowledge, experience, and equally as important, your personality, with listeners. The days of people hiring attorneys that they don’t like or can’t relate to are over. Let people like and relate to you, and you will gain new clients.

Top Podcasts for Lawyers to Develop a Podcasting Style

So where should you begin? Learn from the best. Law360, in their blog “Top Podcasts for the Busy Lawyer,” highlighted their top podcasts for lawyers, noted for their storytelling or educational aspects:
• Serial
• Lawyer 2 Lawyer
• Amicus
• The Modern Law Library
• 'TEDTalks,' 'This American Life' and 'Radiolab'

Legal Productivity recommends a few other podcasts: Legal Toolkit, Bloomberg Law Podcasts, the ABA CLE Premier Speaker Series, Legal Geekery, LexisNexis Legal Podcasts, Law School Professor, RocketLawyer Podcasts, and This Week in Law.

Starting a Podcast

Now that you know why you should podcast, and have a few pieces of inspiration for what you can and should talk about, here are the next steps you need to follow before you can start podcasting:
• Choosing Equipment and Software
• Recording and Editing
• Exporting and Tagging
• Hosting
• Setting up a Feed, Publishing Your Podcast
• Submitting to iTunes and other Podcast Directories

For more information, the following series of videos highlights each step in detail. Additionally, Shopify and Lifehacker each provide detailed written tutorials on starting your podcast.

An Alternative to Podcasting: Video

Maybe you want to share your opinion in an easier-to-host environment. YouTube has made it easy for anyone to start a video series. An example of a successful video series is that of Brian Heidelberger, who has developed a following by posting short, explanatory videos on topics surrounding advertising and entertainment law. As part of his series, he answers highly specific questions in less than ten minutes. Examples include:
Public Domain Music Issues and The Real Status of Happy Birthday
What 'Dirty Dancing' Suit Against TD Ameritrade Means for Parody Ads

This option allows you to explain at your pace a highly specific topic, without the hosting costs that go into podcasting.

Final Thoughts

Getting your name out and sharing your expertise takes focus, planning, and a bit of time, but the rewards come in the form of clients, revenue, and name recognition. In addition to a successful website, podcast, and set of optimized social profiles, another way to grow your influence and gain more clients is by joining Legal Services Link.

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Posted - 03/10/2016