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December 2015
Webinar Series Launch!
Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever
Dropbox Enterprise
Time Management Webinar Series Starts Now!
FREE Educational Webinars Continue
December Speaking Engagements
Word Tip of the Month - Typography Matters
The Surface Book - Impressions After One Month
Affinity Office Holiday Closures
Newsworthy - Links of Interest (Last-Minute Gift Guide Edition)
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Webinar Series Launch!
- Make Your December Productive

At Affinity Consulting, our mission is to improve the lives of our clients every day, and part of that is our commitment to providing the knowledge you need, when you need it!

So many of you asked for more educational opportunities that we are devoting this month to webinars, webinars, webinars.  We are bringing you many topics over the next few weeks.

Visit our Webinars page for registration and more details or see the article later in this newsletter. Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know - we are happy to talk about custom training for you or your firm or check out Affinity University for on-demand training videos!
3 Ways to Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever
- Guest Article by Stephen Fairley, CEO, The RainMaker Institute

Introduction: We're proud to welcome colleague Stephen Fairley as guest author for this month's newsletter. Stephen has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to growing effective marketing strategies in law firms. As we begin to look towards the new year, what better time to hear from him on what to tackle in order to grow your firm in 2016. 

It's difficult to stay on the plateau in business-either your revenues are increasing or declining and you can guarantee your expenses will increase every year. As you review your 2015 revenues, did you meet your financial goals? Did you exceed them? If you aren't pleased with how much you made or want to significantly improve in 2016 what will be different about what you do this year? 

FREE Webinar with Stephen Fairley
of The Rainmaker Institute
Start your year off right with a marketing plan to generate more high quality leads and grow your revenues! Join us for this fast-paced, 60-minute interactive webinar with Stephen Fairley. 
December 8, 2PM - 3PM EST. 
Register HERE.
Introducing Dropbox® Enterprise 
-Steven J. Best, Esq.
Dropbox rolled out an enterprise version of its web based file-sharing network this month to combat concerns that it is not a secure platform for businesses, including law firms.

Dropbox has been criticized by a variety of sources that it is not secure and therefore not a trusted consideration for business use.  Prior to this release, Dropbox was one of the top blacklisted consumer apps by MobileIron, based in Mountain View, CA. 

Historically, Dropbox users are individuals. Looking at their brief history, it is clear that Dropbox evolved primarily as a way for consumers to collaborate and store data in a cloud-based folder system. That is a start, but business users, such as law firms, need more.

Time Management Webinar Series Starts Now!
-Webinars on 12/3, 12/8 & 12/15 at Noon EST Each Day
Join Affinity Managing Partner Debbie Foster and Management Consultant Alison Lukan for "Time Management", a three-webinar series. Debbie and Alison will cover real-world tips and techniques to avoid distractions, find focus, and manage the technology you use so it helps you regain your time, not lose it.

FREE Education Webinars Continue
-Webinars on 12/8. 12/15, 12/21,1/14, 1/26, 2/12, and 3/3
December Speaking Engagements
December brings the annual Ohio State Bar Association's Legal Tech Conference for Solo and Small Firms. Join several Affinity Partners at the December 10 & 11 Conference in Columbus.

It is not too soon to look forward to January when Affinity Senior Consultant Greg Bray will present a Lunch & Learn on The Paperless Office in New Orleans on January 29 at Noon hosted by Amann Business Systems, Inc. 

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MS Word Tip of the Month - Typography Matters
Your computer's operating system comes with a boatload of font choices. These are the fonts available from within Microsoft Word. Unfortunately, most "system" fonts are either boring, overused, or don't look good on today's high-resolution screens or when printed with today's higher-quality printers. 

If you want your Word documents to look extraordinary on-screen and on paper, pay attention to typography. The place to start is Matthew Butterick's Typography for Lawyers web site. There you can read about typography and why it matters to lawyers. You can also buy his book, now in its second edition, if you want to learn more. 

Butterick even has links to download two free "professional" fonts (Cooper Hewitt and Charter) that will improve the look of your documents. Installing fonts in Windows 10 isn't hard, but isn't intuitive either. Here are the steps courtesy of Cnet's Rick Broida. Apple provides a set of instructions for Mac OS X.
The Surface Book - Impressions After One Month
- Scott Bassett, Esq. 
Last month I wrote about Microsoft's new Surface Book. At that time, I had it barely a week. It has now been over a month. I used the Surface Book's detached screen "Clipboard" function during an appeal argument. I also used the included Surface Pen to annotate PDFs and take notes on-screen at a CLE conference. In standard laptop mode, the Surface Book is used daily in my appellate practice.

There were a few minor glitches related to power management and the software command to detach the screen from the keyboard base. Fortunately, all seem to have been solved by software and firmware updates issues by Microsoft. 

The Surface Book remains the best laptop I have used. So much so that when it was time to update the laptop buying guide I write for Michigan's Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the Surface Book dethroned the Lenovo ThinkPad as my top recommendation. 
Happy Holidays
Affinity Holiday Office Closures
Please note that all Affinity offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25. We reopen on Monday, December 28. 

We are also closed for the New Year holiday on Friday, January 1, and will reopen on Monday, January 4.
Newsworthy - Last Minute Gift Guide Edition
Each month we bring you quick links to a variety of newsworthy items dealing with technology products, services, and other topics of interest to lawyers as they seek to better manage their practices. We are now well into the holiday gift giving season. If you decided to skip Black Friday, there is still time to shop for useful tech items.    
Meet the Team - Bryce Phillips
Affinity Consulting loves to help improve the lives of our customers. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we will feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Bryce Phillips, Legal Technology Consultant. Bryce has been a part of the Affinity Team since 2011 when he joined the IT Department in our Ohio office. As he says, "a little luck and a lot of hard work" has brought him to being an integral part of Affinity's Document Management Team.  Bryce loves telling everyone that he "hasn't worked a day since 2011" when he began helping our clients realize their potential through the training and software we provide. Outside of Affinity, Bryce and his wife Katie enjoy spending time with their 10 year old son, Brennan, at their lake house. They spend most of their summers there boating and cooking out. Bryce also enjoys coaching and helping out on his son's little league team, winning 2 local championships.
Bryce's favorite Affinity story would have to be getting stuck at a client site in South Carolina with Greg Bray and Paul Unger. We were trapped by sleet/ice and after our flights were all cancelled. We rented a car and drove 13 hours home through what I can only describe as the "apocalypse on the freeway." Cars and semis were stuck in the ditches or in the median. Some were simply abandoned right in the middle of the freeway. There's nothing like surviving a harrowing experience to get to know your co-workers really well!

Learn More About Bryce HERE.
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