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#135: Improve Your Relationship to Work

Guest Molly Sonsteng, Cofounder of Caveday, joins Melissa to emphasize the important skill of monotasking.

 

We live in world constantly vying for our attention and from the pings, dings and buzzes, everything feels urgent.

 

In this episode, Molly and Melissa get to the heart of taking control where you have control and using that to fuel your productivity.

 

The two emphasize how protecting small amounts of time for focused work is a necessity for meaningful progress and why facilitation and community will improve your relationship to work.

 

How do you differentiate between the urgent work of being an attorney and the important work of building a sustainable firm?

 

What is a realistic way to scope work?

 

Do you know how long anything actually takes to accomplish?

 

Get some answers to these questions and permission to protect your time in this episode.

 

Make 2022 the year you prioritize growth, join Mastery Group at www.velocitywork.com/join.

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#119: Virtuous Procrastination Is Still Procrastination

What is virtuous procrastination, and is it the same as run-of-the-mill procrastination? Is stopping to listen to episode 119 instead of doing work considered virtuous procrastination? Melissa discusses what makes procrastination "virtuous" and how to honor your plan even when unscheduled situations pop up.

Did you know we have a FREE masterclass? To sign up, check out: www.velocitywork.com/join

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#118: LIVE with Melanie Leonard

What are you doing to move the ball forward for your business? What metrics are you tracking to ensure you're on course to achieve your goals? This week, Velocity Work LIVE! welcomes Melanie Leonard, from Streamlined.Legal! Melanie discusses how growing your business and firm strategically can help build more value for your firm!

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#117: Daily Huddle Redefined

Let’s huddle up! You’ve been in them, and most likely you’ve led them, but what exactly is the point of a huddle? In episode 117, Melissa talks about how a successful huddle should be conducted, the purpose of huddles, and how we can still do huddles in a remote work environment.


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#116: LIVE with Ernie Svenson

Are you working smarter? It’s not as easy as you thought it would be to answer. This week, Velocity Work LIVE! welcomes Ernie Svenson, the founder of Law Firm Autopilot. Ernie discusses how Hurricane Katrina shifted his focus from working as an attorney at an old school firm to establishing his own practice and ultimately finding success by maximizing technology.

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#115: Certainty Is For Suckers

Is certainty for suckers? Mmhm. In episode 115, Melissa explains how embracing uncertainty can open you up for more success and a better chance of reaching your goals. Sure, we all crave reassurance, but the nature of being an entrepreneur is uncertain. Melissa also shares a story from attorney John Fischer about how taking chances doesn’t risk anything and how the risk is NOT taking chances. There are still spots available for our October sprint!


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#114: LIVE with Chris White (Part 2)

How are you benchmarking your success? Are you meeting goals? We’re back with Chris White for Part 2 of our episode of Velocity Work LIVE! Melissa and Chris discuss how it’s best to go with facts instead of feelings when recognizing your success and growth, accommodating your firm’s development adequately, and finding the right solutions internally after taking control of data that you already have.

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#113: How Much $$ To Invest In Your Growth

How much should you invest in coaching and growing your business? Figuring it out is as easy as 1-2-3 (percent)! In episode 113, Melissa reveals that every business owner should be investing at least 3-percent of their top-line revenue in business growth to make sure they’re growing sustainably. Whether you have only a few hundred dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars to put towards business growth, every penny has an impact.
Are you thinking about taking your business or firm to the next level quickly? Get information about our October sprint at: http://velocitywork.com/sprint

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#112: LIVE with Chris White (Part 1)

This is a big one, guys. So much so that we had to split it up into TWO parts. In Part 1, Melissa welcomes Chris White. Chris is an author, speaker, teacher, branding innovator, and attorney. Chris and Melissa discuss how using simple math is the best way to take risks, why taking a break from the daily grind is necessary, and understanding your target market correctly.

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#111: Play The Long Game

Are you playing the long game or the short game? Melissa asks this critical question in Episode 111. If you’re out of breath and don’t get to appreciate reaching goals and milestones, you’re playing the short game. If you have the freedom to take a step back and look at the whole picture, you’re playing the long game. In most scenarios, the long game is better. Why? When you’re focusing on the so-called small things when playing the long game, you’re setting and building the foundation to continue to grow. Sign up for our Mastery Group if you’re a fan of the show and want to network with other attorneys seeking to better their firm. Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at: hello.velocitywork.com/join1

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#110: LIVE with Joey Vitale

Introducing Velocity Work LIVE, our new live interview series. This series focuses on the human behind the business and discusses growth without the grind. We’re honored to have Joey Vitale, the owner and founder of several business enterprises including the Chicago-based firm, Indie Law as our first guest. Joey discusses his journey as a business owner and how he learned how to think like Link (Yes, the character from Zelda).

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#109: Top Takeaways from Sir Alex Ferguson Documentary

You know the person who asks if you’ve watched a particular television or movie because they love it so much and they want to share it with you? That’s Melissa when it comes to the documentary, “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In.” Are you missing out on opportunities? The sad reality is that you may not get more. Are you playing the long game, or are you stuck craving quick results? Everyone wants success to happen in a snap, but the rewards for playing the long game are much, much richer. Want to join a group of like-minded and goal-oriented individuals? Sign up for our Mastery Group! Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at: hello.velocitywork.com/join1

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#108: The Wee Things Matter

Melissa is joined by a special guest this week. Her husband, Derek! He and Melissa discuss what they thought of the documentary ”Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In,” about the legendary Aberdeen and Manchester United manager. They also dive into the psychology of what makes a great coach or manager. Derek shares his perspective as a former Division 1 soccer player at Stanford - that great coaches and managers develop a positive culture that extends off the field and molds your life.
Be sure to check out https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1 to be on our list for October’s Sprint!

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#107: Leading Indicators vs. Lagging Indicators

Sometimes the sequel is just as good as the first one. That is true for this week’s episode. Think of episode 107 as part 2. Last week, Melissa discussed goals and rocks. This week, she focuses on leading indicators vs. lagging indicators and how leading indicators can sometimes be rocks, but rocks aren’t always indicators. Sounds a tad complex? Don’t worry! Melissa cuts everything into easily digestible, bite-sized pieces.
Did you know our Mastery Group is affordable? Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at velocitywork.com/join .

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#106: Goals vs. Rocks

For those about to set rocks and goals (We salute you).
Melissa breaks down the difference between setting goals and rocks. Spoiler alert: Rocks are the steps you take to reach your goals. Do you learn how to swim by reading books about swimming? No, you need to jump in the water! The same goes for setting goals and rocks. So dive in and list out the rocks you need to reach your goals.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t reach your goals. We’re striving for progress, not perfection. After all, the only way you fail to reach your goals is if you completely quit.
It’s official! We’re hosting another FREE Masterclass. Join Melissa on August 19th at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss staying focused on what matters most to grow your firm. Register now at https://www.velocitywork.com/

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#105: When To Shift Your Vision To Bigger-Scale Impact

When hard stuff happens, take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you can handle ALL of it.
Melissa goes back to episode 96 on Focus Forward Framework, but this is far from a rerun. We know it's a loaded question but, what are you aiming for? Growth for your firm. But what do YOU want for yourself and your life? Clarity on this cuts through the noise and delivers you more quickly to success. So don't focus on the grand vision until you have the life you desire.
Melissa also warns listeners on using "famed methodologies" as gospel, especially if you haven't created the life you want for yourself.
Our September Sprint is sold out, but check out www.Velocitywork.com/sprint to be on our "first to know" list for October's Sprint!

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#104: June Sprint Lessons Learned (extras!)

We're giving you more than just pretty quotes that look good on a coffee mug. We're giving you DEEP LEARNING.

Melissa closes out the month with the third batch of lessons from June's Sprint. Like a delicious gumbo, the theme is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. In this Miscellaneous lesson, we discuss how to confront fears head on to get what we want. And how success shouldn't be defined by a number, but rather when we take control.
Melissa also waxes poetic about former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about how to "make chances" to create opportunities.
Our September Sprint is already sold out, but check out www.velocitywork.com/sprint to be on our "first to know" list for October's Sprint!

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#103: June Sprint Lessons Learned re: Honoring the Plan

“Delay is DOOM.” Sounds a bit frightening when we say it like that, huh? Don’t be scared; Melissa has your back.
This week, Melissa continues with the second batch of lessons from the June Sprint participants about honoring your plan. She discusses how even the tiniest turtle steps can make you feel better about your day and how there’s a difference between how long it takes to do something compared to when it gets done. It’s also OK to feel proud about the small things moving you forward and to take time away from your plan to gain focus and clear your head. After all, clarity helps you see further down the road.
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join
The September Sprint is full! Get on the waitlist for the October Sprint; the final Sprint of the year. https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1

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#102: June Sprint Lessons Learned re: Planning

This week concludes the lessons learned from the June Sprinters. Melissa talks about planning. There are nuggets of wisdom documented here, so I’m pumped to be able to share them with you. Soak them up!
Book your seat for September Sprint: https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join

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#101: The 3 Stages of Awareness

This episode revolves around the 3 Stages of Awareness. You have to have the awareness to create a new normal for yourself. Melissa explains how to increase your awareness and change how you operate with a given scenario. Tuning into today’s episode will help you develop new normals more quickly because you’ll understand where you are on the awareness spectrum.
Book your seat for September Sprint: https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join

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#135: Improve Your Relationship to Work

Guest Molly Sonsteng, Cofounder of Caveday, joins Melissa to emphasize the important skill of monotasking.

 

We live in world constantly vying for our attention and from the pings, dings and buzzes, everything feels urgent.

 

In this episode, Molly and Melissa get to the heart of taking control where you have control and using that to fuel your productivity.

 

The two emphasize how protecting small amounts of time for focused work is a necessity for meaningful progress and why facilitation and community will improve your relationship to work.

 

How do you differentiate between the urgent work of being an attorney and the important work of building a sustainable firm?

 

What is a realistic way to scope work?

 

Do you know how long anything actually takes to accomplish?

 

Get some answers to these questions and permission to protect your time in this episode.

 

Make 2022 the year you prioritize growth, join Mastery Group at www.velocitywork.com/join.

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#119: Virtuous Procrastination Is Still Procrastination

What is virtuous procrastination, and is it the same as run-of-the-mill procrastination? Is stopping to listen to episode 119 instead of doing work considered virtuous procrastination? Melissa discusses what makes procrastination "virtuous" and how to honor your plan even when unscheduled situations pop up.

Did you know we have a FREE masterclass? To sign up, check out: www.velocitywork.com/join

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#118: LIVE with Melanie Leonard

What are you doing to move the ball forward for your business? What metrics are you tracking to ensure you're on course to achieve your goals? This week, Velocity Work LIVE! welcomes Melanie Leonard, from Streamlined.Legal! Melanie discusses how growing your business and firm strategically can help build more value for your firm!

podcast-image

#117: Daily Huddle Redefined

Let’s huddle up! You’ve been in them, and most likely you’ve led them, but what exactly is the point of a huddle? In episode 117, Melissa talks about how a successful huddle should be conducted, the purpose of huddles, and how we can still do huddles in a remote work environment.


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#116: LIVE with Ernie Svenson

Are you working smarter? It’s not as easy as you thought it would be to answer. This week, Velocity Work LIVE! welcomes Ernie Svenson, the founder of Law Firm Autopilot. Ernie discusses how Hurricane Katrina shifted his focus from working as an attorney at an old school firm to establishing his own practice and ultimately finding success by maximizing technology.

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#115: Certainty Is For Suckers

Is certainty for suckers? Mmhm. In episode 115, Melissa explains how embracing uncertainty can open you up for more success and a better chance of reaching your goals. Sure, we all crave reassurance, but the nature of being an entrepreneur is uncertain. Melissa also shares a story from attorney John Fischer about how taking chances doesn’t risk anything and how the risk is NOT taking chances. There are still spots available for our October sprint!


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#114: LIVE with Chris White (Part 2)

How are you benchmarking your success? Are you meeting goals? We’re back with Chris White for Part 2 of our episode of Velocity Work LIVE! Melissa and Chris discuss how it’s best to go with facts instead of feelings when recognizing your success and growth, accommodating your firm’s development adequately, and finding the right solutions internally after taking control of data that you already have.

podcast-image

#113: How Much $$ To Invest In Your Growth

How much should you invest in coaching and growing your business? Figuring it out is as easy as 1-2-3 (percent)! In episode 113, Melissa reveals that every business owner should be investing at least 3-percent of their top-line revenue in business growth to make sure they’re growing sustainably. Whether you have only a few hundred dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars to put towards business growth, every penny has an impact.
Are you thinking about taking your business or firm to the next level quickly? Get information about our October sprint at: http://velocitywork.com/sprint

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#112: LIVE with Chris White (Part 1)

This is a big one, guys. So much so that we had to split it up into TWO parts. In Part 1, Melissa welcomes Chris White. Chris is an author, speaker, teacher, branding innovator, and attorney. Chris and Melissa discuss how using simple math is the best way to take risks, why taking a break from the daily grind is necessary, and understanding your target market correctly.

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#111: Play The Long Game

Are you playing the long game or the short game? Melissa asks this critical question in Episode 111. If you’re out of breath and don’t get to appreciate reaching goals and milestones, you’re playing the short game. If you have the freedom to take a step back and look at the whole picture, you’re playing the long game. In most scenarios, the long game is better. Why? When you’re focusing on the so-called small things when playing the long game, you’re setting and building the foundation to continue to grow. Sign up for our Mastery Group if you’re a fan of the show and want to network with other attorneys seeking to better their firm. Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at: hello.velocitywork.com/join1

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#110: LIVE with Joey Vitale

Introducing Velocity Work LIVE, our new live interview series. This series focuses on the human behind the business and discusses growth without the grind. We’re honored to have Joey Vitale, the owner and founder of several business enterprises including the Chicago-based firm, Indie Law as our first guest. Joey discusses his journey as a business owner and how he learned how to think like Link (Yes, the character from Zelda).

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#109: Top Takeaways from Sir Alex Ferguson Documentary

You know the person who asks if you’ve watched a particular television or movie because they love it so much and they want to share it with you? That’s Melissa when it comes to the documentary, “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In.” Are you missing out on opportunities? The sad reality is that you may not get more. Are you playing the long game, or are you stuck craving quick results? Everyone wants success to happen in a snap, but the rewards for playing the long game are much, much richer. Want to join a group of like-minded and goal-oriented individuals? Sign up for our Mastery Group! Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at: hello.velocitywork.com/join1

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#108: The Wee Things Matter

Melissa is joined by a special guest this week. Her husband, Derek! He and Melissa discuss what they thought of the documentary ”Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In,” about the legendary Aberdeen and Manchester United manager. They also dive into the psychology of what makes a great coach or manager. Derek shares his perspective as a former Division 1 soccer player at Stanford - that great coaches and managers develop a positive culture that extends off the field and molds your life.
Be sure to check out https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1 to be on our list for October’s Sprint!

podcast-image

#107: Leading Indicators vs. Lagging Indicators

Sometimes the sequel is just as good as the first one. That is true for this week’s episode. Think of episode 107 as part 2. Last week, Melissa discussed goals and rocks. This week, she focuses on leading indicators vs. lagging indicators and how leading indicators can sometimes be rocks, but rocks aren’t always indicators. Sounds a tad complex? Don’t worry! Melissa cuts everything into easily digestible, bite-sized pieces.
Did you know our Mastery Group is affordable? Lock in your rate now before our price increase. Sign-up today at velocitywork.com/join .

podcast-image

#106: Goals vs. Rocks

For those about to set rocks and goals (We salute you).
Melissa breaks down the difference between setting goals and rocks. Spoiler alert: Rocks are the steps you take to reach your goals. Do you learn how to swim by reading books about swimming? No, you need to jump in the water! The same goes for setting goals and rocks. So dive in and list out the rocks you need to reach your goals.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t reach your goals. We’re striving for progress, not perfection. After all, the only way you fail to reach your goals is if you completely quit.
It’s official! We’re hosting another FREE Masterclass. Join Melissa on August 19th at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss staying focused on what matters most to grow your firm. Register now at https://www.velocitywork.com/

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#105: When To Shift Your Vision To Bigger-Scale Impact

When hard stuff happens, take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you can handle ALL of it.
Melissa goes back to episode 96 on Focus Forward Framework, but this is far from a rerun. We know it's a loaded question but, what are you aiming for? Growth for your firm. But what do YOU want for yourself and your life? Clarity on this cuts through the noise and delivers you more quickly to success. So don't focus on the grand vision until you have the life you desire.
Melissa also warns listeners on using "famed methodologies" as gospel, especially if you haven't created the life you want for yourself.
Our September Sprint is sold out, but check out www.Velocitywork.com/sprint to be on our "first to know" list for October's Sprint!

podcast-image

#104: June Sprint Lessons Learned (extras!)

We're giving you more than just pretty quotes that look good on a coffee mug. We're giving you DEEP LEARNING.

Melissa closes out the month with the third batch of lessons from June's Sprint. Like a delicious gumbo, the theme is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. In this Miscellaneous lesson, we discuss how to confront fears head on to get what we want. And how success shouldn't be defined by a number, but rather when we take control.
Melissa also waxes poetic about former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about how to "make chances" to create opportunities.
Our September Sprint is already sold out, but check out www.velocitywork.com/sprint to be on our "first to know" list for October's Sprint!

podcast-image

#103: June Sprint Lessons Learned re: Honoring the Plan

“Delay is DOOM.” Sounds a bit frightening when we say it like that, huh? Don’t be scared; Melissa has your back.
This week, Melissa continues with the second batch of lessons from the June Sprint participants about honoring your plan. She discusses how even the tiniest turtle steps can make you feel better about your day and how there’s a difference between how long it takes to do something compared to when it gets done. It’s also OK to feel proud about the small things moving you forward and to take time away from your plan to gain focus and clear your head. After all, clarity helps you see further down the road.
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join
The September Sprint is full! Get on the waitlist for the October Sprint; the final Sprint of the year. https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1

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#102: June Sprint Lessons Learned re: Planning

This week concludes the lessons learned from the June Sprinters. Melissa talks about planning. There are nuggets of wisdom documented here, so I’m pumped to be able to share them with you. Soak them up!
Book your seat for September Sprint: https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join

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#101: The 3 Stages of Awareness

This episode revolves around the 3 Stages of Awareness. You have to have the awareness to create a new normal for yourself. Melissa explains how to increase your awareness and change how you operate with a given scenario. Tuning into today’s episode will help you develop new normals more quickly because you’ll understand where you are on the awareness spectrum.
Book your seat for September Sprint: https://go.velocitywork.com/sprint-1
Join Mastery Group here: velocitywork.com/join