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A career in any field is more than just the hours you put into your job. It is also about balancing your personal life with your professional goals. This balance was evident in Lori Pulvermacher’s journey, from her blue-collar roots in rural Wisconsin to her current role as a practice advisor. 

Her upbringing in a hardworking family instilled in her a strong work ethic and a determination to make an impact. But her career journey wasn’t traditional. Lori pursued her education while working full-time and raising a family. Her story serves as a testament to the art of balancing career and personal life.

Challenges and Commitment in Coaching

Coaching presents its unique set of challenges. One of these is working with clients who may not be fully committed to their goals. It is essential to nudge these clients out of their comfort zones, challenging their mindset and hesitancy to take risks. This process involves setting clear goals and emphasizing the importance of forward progress, even if it doesn’t always look like consistent steps. 

Navigating Conflict and Communication in Business

In the business world, effective communication is critical, especially in the legal field where Lori’s expertise lies. Understanding and respecting individual differences, communicating effectively and efficiently with a team, and developing hard skills are all necessary for business growth. This is where Lori excels, assisting lawyers with processes, team dynamics, and exit strategies.

Communication’s Significance in Referral Marketing

Communication is important in internal business processes and plays a significant role in referral marketing. Building strong relationships, asking clarifying questions to ensure everyone is on the same page, and developing a marketing strategy focused on building relationships and referrals are all part of effective communication in business. 

Strategic Time Management and Journaling

Managing time effectively is another crucial aspect of professional development. It involves utilizing your calendar strategically to prioritize time and objectives. But time management is not just about scheduling work tasks. It also involves forming habits, like journaling, which is a potent tool for self-awareness and professional development. 

Cultivating a Great Life and Practice

To cultivate a successful life and practice, it’s important to step away and recharge. This means prioritizing passions outside your practice, scheduling key appointments such as doctor’s visits and family events, and avoiding burnout. It’s also essential to focus on what makes a great life for you, not just a great practice.

In conclusion, the professional journey is a continuous process of balancing work and life achievements, navigating challenges, effective communication, strategic time management, and cultivating a great life and practice. Each individual’s path will look different, but the principles remain the same. Adopting these practices can build a successful career without compromising personal fulfillment.

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Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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