Monthly Archives: July 2014

The iPad Lawyer | The 10 Excuses of Those Who Aren’t Using iPads at Work

The iPad Lawyer | The 10 Excuses of Those Who Aren’t Using iPads at Work
by
Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

I have long argued that the use of an iPad – Apple’s magical little tablet – will save you time, make you more efficient, and help you be more profitable. In other words, it can turn you into a productivity wizard: someone who meets the needs and expectations of clients, judges, neutrals, and colleagues (and even yourself).

I have the rare opportunity to get to meet with lawyers and those in our profession from across the country who haven’t adopted the use of iOS technology as part of their office workflow. It continues to astound me when I hear all the reasons why our peers haven’t jumped headlong and determinedly into iOS use.

Finding the unproductive attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, and support staff around you is easy. Here are the excuses you’ll hear them make:

1.  I’m too old to learn new stuff.
I’ve taught people in their 80’s to powerfully use an iPad as part of their business life. I’ve shown my iPad secrets to sitting judges and attorneys coming out of retirement who now want to be mediators. You’re never too old to learn about technology . . . unless you keep telling yourself that.

2.  I don’t have the money to buy one.
Here’s a startling fact: American companies spend over $2 billion a year on Halloween candy. And the candy is then given away to boost employee morale and as a marketing ploy. Imagine if just a fraction of that money was spent on technology so that you can finally market and boost morale by being more productive and responsive. And, yes, you can buy refurbished or used iPads if you don’t want to get new ones.

3.  I’m already swamped in information overflow; I don’t want more.
Here’s the cool thing about iPads (and other iOS devices) . . . they don’t increase the barrage of information if you don’t want them to; they reduce it and make it manageable. For the first time, you now have technology that works the way you want to work.

4.  I don’t have the time for this.
Well, you actually don’t have time not to “do this.” Our profession isn’t changing when it comes to technology – IT HAS CHANGED. You can either be ahead of the curve and start doing what your competitors aren’t doing, or you can be left behind. Recent statistics show that nearly half of all U.S. attorneys have now started to employ an iPad. And the number is growing steadily.

5.  I can’t do as much with an iPad as I can with my laptop or desktop.
I can’t help but laugh when I hear this one. Come to one of my live events and you’ll see my law office. I’ve worked in London and Paris and all over this country and at 30,000 feet armed with nothing more than my iPad and iPhone. My entire “iOS at Work” speaking career is built around showing you how to do everything on an iPad. If I can do it . . . you can surely accomplish the same thing.

6.  I’ll wait for someone else to try all this stuff out first.
Here’s the thing: you have to be very careful who the “someone else” is that you’re waiting for. You could be waiting for a very long time unless you find a technology role model you can learn from. The important part of modeling technology success is to find a successful business person, learn the intimate details of what they are doing with technology to be a success, and then put those ideas to use in your own practice.

7.  I don’t understand how an iPad can benefit me.
This could be an entire article in and of itself . . . heck, it could be a book. Oh, wait. That’s why I wrote “The iPad Lawyer” and “The Million Dollar iPad.” That’s why I run two blogs about iPad use. At the very least, take a look at http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com (one of my free blogs) and then tell me you still can’t figure out how an iPad can boost your business.

8.  I’m worried I’ll just waste time playing games.
And I worry you won’t pick up your iPad at all. Some recent statistics I’ve been given indicate that over 60% of iPads never leave home. Seriously? If you’re taking the iPad to work and playing games, that at least gets it to your office. The rest is actually simple: every time you go to write a note, pick up your iPad instead. Every time you go to check something online, pick up your iPad instead. I want you to start creating an iPad habit.

9.  I’m concerned that the quality of my work will suffer.
What if I told you that, by being mobile and being able to work anywhere and anytime you’d like, you will be more creative, more particular about what you create, and – yes – the quality of your work will increase. You see, the use of an iPad and being mobile takes a lot of the anxiety and stress away. This leads to improved performance and stronger work product.

10.  I might look stupid.
Yes . . . but only if you’re one of those at a sporting event holding up your iPad over the heads of everyone and taking video or photos. Think about it this way: when you use an iPad, you might actually start looking cool and cutting-edge, again!

The truth is staring us all in the face. If we don’t start using iPads in our practices, we are doomed to failure of one degree or another. Go out, get yourself an iPad, and start doing new things and being more productive. You might even find you’re having fun in the process. And that means everyone around you wins, as well!

If you enjoyed this, I’d be grateful if you share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. And, if you’re interested in finding out how I can make a presentation to your law firm or association, please contact me at 909-483-1850 or email me at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.© 2014 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

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The iPad Lawyer – News and Apps 7-16-2014

Good morning iPad Lawyer Tribe –

First, a quick reminder: I will be appearing at Apple’s Pasadena location tonight:

July 16, 2014
Apple Store – Pasadena
5:30 p.m.
54 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 463-6223

RESERVE YOUR SPACE BY CLICKING HERE ===> http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

On the app front, and for those of you in the legal profession, Transcript Pad – the amazing iPad app that allows you to read, review, and annotate deposition transcripts – is on sale today. Normally, the app is $89.99. Today, it is on sale for $49.99. You save $40!

App Store Link  – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transcriptpad/id400464448?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.litsoftware.com/products/transcriptpad/

For those of you who are not already brainstorming decisions in another app, take a look at Great Decisions 7. It’s yet another way to get the “stuff” out of your head and onto your iPad so you can analyze your decisions and move forward. The app is normally $5.99. Today it is FREE.

App Store Link  – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/great-decisions-7/id410369937?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.greatlifesoftware.com/great-decisions-software-description/

For those of you who travel overseas, you should be aware of the new TSA notice:

http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2014/07/06/enhanced-security-measures-certain-airports-overseas

During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

Just another reason why you should travel with an external battery!

Finally, just a reminder that – if you’re a subscriber to this blog – you should have received the download link for my special report:The 25 Things You’re Doing Wrong With Your iPad.” If you didn’t receive the email with the link, please check your Junk folder as your spam filter might have carried the email away. Of course, you can always email me with any questions: sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.

Here’s to your continued iPad success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Upcoming Apple Seminars [FREE]

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

This is just a quick reminder of upcoming seminars you might want to attend. And why wouldn’t you . . . Apple is making them FREE for you!

Here are three to choose from:

Apple-Event-Pasadena

July 16, 2014
Apple Store – Pasadena
5:30 p.m.
54 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 463-6223

RESERVE YOUR SPACE BY CLICKING HERE ===> http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

August 5, 2014
Apple Store – The Grove
5:30 p.m.
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 617-9800

August 6, 2014
Apple Store – Victoria Gardens
7:30 p.m.
12461 South Main Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 803-5220

At each of these events, you get a rather unique and custom-designed seminar experience because each group event is built around attendees’ workflow needs. That’s right . . . I create each seminar around those who attend. When’s the last time you got the chance for that type of content? And you don’t only have access to me, you get the Apple Business Team, as well!

There’s nothing to buy. Noone is selling you anything. These events are all about Apple and me providing ourselves to you as incredible iOS resources all in one place.

I personally guarantee you will learn some new iPhone and iPad tricks that will turn you into an iOS wizard!

Here’s to your continued iPad and iPhone success. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Some more free resources for you . . .

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

As part of my continuing dedication to being one of the best technology resources for you to manage your law career and business, I want you to have another source of free technology training from a company I really like: WAMS, Inc. (I’m not an employee, owner, affiliate nor do I get any compensation for referring you to this information – not that that would matter anyway because the information’s so great.)

So, here’s what I want you to take a look at:

CLICK HERE ===> WAMS’ Summer School 2014

You’re getting the following FREE training:

  Session 1: The “Internet of Things” – How Interconnectivity & Universal Wireless Internet Will Drastically Transform the Way We Work and Live

  Session 2: What You Should Pay for IT Support

  Session 3: The Top Security Threats to Firms & How to Avoid Them

√  Session 4: From the Trenches – Live Interviews with People Using Cloud Today in their Office

Here’s to your continued iPad (and technology) success! Let me know how I can continue to be a great resource for you. – Scott

P.S. – I’ve done a webinar for WAMS before and these guys really know their stuff. And they’re nice people, too. I wouldn’t have agreed to work with them if they weren’t.

CLICK HERE ===> WAMS’ Summer School 2014

 

The iPad Lawyer – Happy Anniversary, “Million Dollar iPad” – A Special, Free Gift

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

I’m very excited.

Can you believe it? Today is the one year anniversary of the release of my book, “The Million Dollar iPad: Secrets for Increasing Your Profits, Productivity, and Business Performance.” Time flies.

I can’t thank all of you enough for supporting it and keeping it on Amazon’s Kindle and Books bestsellers lists for this past year! What an awesome thrill. And an amazing honor you have given me.

To celebrate the book’s anniversary and as a special “thank you”gift, I’m releasing a FREE Special Report today: “The 25 Things You’re Doing Wrong With Your iPad.” If you’re already a subscriber to The Million Dollar iPad Blog, you’ll be receiving a link to download it later this morning. If you’re not a subscriber and would like the free report, you can sign-up here:

http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com

The 25 Things You’re Doing Wrong With Your iPad” takes all the training I’ve done over the past 3 years and boils it down into bite-sized learning lessons. Inside the report, you’re going to receive 25 simple yet powerful ideas for saving even more time and being even more productive with your iPad.

Here’s to your continued iPad success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars and Apps – 7-02-2014

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

Thanks to ALL who attended my recent “iOS at Work” live event and Apple’s Victoria Gardens seminar. If you missed either of those, there’s still time to catch up with me at the following presentations:

July 16, 2014
5:30-7:00p
Apple’s Pasadena Briefing Room
54 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena

Apple-Pasaadena-July-16

Apple calls this event “Maximizing iOS for your Business: Scott Grossberg – Join us for this special business event focused on using iPhone and iPad in business, and learn how iOS delivers a powerful, yet simple integrated experience. Scott Grossberg, bestselling author of “The Million Dollar iPad“ and “The iPad Lawyer,” will share tips on how to use Apple products to manage your business, go paperless, and truly respond to the fast-growing needs of a mobile lifestyle.”

Reserve your seat here ===> http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

August 5, 2014
5:30-7:00p
Apple – The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles

August 6, 2014
7-9p
Apple’s Victoria Gardens Briefing Room
12461 South Main Street
Rancho Cucamonga

You hear me talk about updating your iOS. Well, here’s your chance. Apple has released iOS 7.1.2. The update includes some minor bug fixes for iBeacon, Mail, and accessory connectivity. You can update your iOS device by doing this:

Settings > General > Software Update

On the app front, we have these to talk about:

MagicalPad HD – This is a Mind Mapping, Outliner Pro, Visual Notes, and Visual Task Manager all in one. I find this app fascinating and I think you will, too. Normally, it runs $4.99. Today it is only $.99. You save $4.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magicalpad-hd/id463731782?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.magicalpad.com/

For those who want to create audio notes and memos, take a look at Recordium. You can record, share your files, playback, highlight, and even annotate what you create. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today it is FREE. You save $6.99. (Note: this deal does not include Recordium Pro nor Recordium Highlight).

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recordium-voice-recorder-app/id718873886?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.recordiumapp.com/

Finally, if you want to use your iOS device to scan documents, you would be well served to take a look at Scanner Pro by Readdle. Not only can you scan multipage items, you can turn those scans into PDF documents, email them, and sync with the cloud. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today it is $2.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanner-pro-by-readdle/id333710667?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://readdle.com/

Here’s to your continued iPad success. – Scott