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The Law Firm Owner Podcast

The Law Firm Owner Podcast, powered by Velocity Work, explores how quarterly strategic planning, accountability, and coaching work in unison to take your law firm from where it is now to where you want it to be.

Each week, host and founder Melissa Shanahan guides listeners to organize their numbers, grow their teams, increase their revenue, and take real time off. Melissa’s approach shows law firm owners how to create sustainable success, not just in their firms, but in their personal lives too.


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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.


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#22: The Next 8 Weeks: Podcast Interviews Coming Your Way!

Get a sneak peek at the podcast interviews we'll be airing in the next 8 weeks!
Get to know our guests a little ahead of time:
Francine LoveSarah SantacroceLuke TysonChelsea Z WilliamsDamon PendletonEmily Kerr-FinellJordan OstroffJoey Vitale


#21: How We Work With Clients

Ever wondered about how we work privately with clients? Listen in to learn more! Velocity Work has a signature 3-Phase process that involves a comprehensive analysis of your firm (Phase 1), an in-person strategic planning retreat (Phase 2), and ongoing accountability check-ins and quarterly workshops (Phase 3).
Since this episode aired, some of how we work with clients has changed. Check out our website for more on how we work with clients.
Check out our newest program here.


#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.
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The September Sprint is full! Get on the waitlist for the October Sprint; the final Sprint of the year.

Listener Reviews

Joey Vitale (Vitalej17)

Melissa is the BEST!!!!!!

Over the years I’ve listened to dozens of podcasts for firm owners. And while there are some truly great ones out there, I find myself tuning into this one the most. Melissa’s got a real superpower for cutting through the noise and fluff & getting lawyers to focus on what really matters for business growth. Can’t recommend this podcast and Velocity Work in general enough!!

Crista - Lawfirm Owner

Exactly what I needed!

Thank you Melissa for don’t flake on yourself episode. It was exactly what I needed to hear to help push me! Thank you for such great information you provide on your podcast.

Maine - Lawyer Dude

One of the meatiest legal podcasts out there

Many podcasts out there are clearly just a surface level reminder to hire the podcaster. These are not. Recent work has shown really increased depth and value added for listeners. If you’re a deep thinker looking for ways to grow as a person and a firm owner, check this out.