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Tips To Overcome The Awkward Conference Table

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

We’ve all been there. You’re at a conference surrounded by hundreds of other professionals for a networking/keynote luncheon. Your partner bailed because their client is requesting an emergency meeting and you’re left to fend for yourself. You see plenty of open seats and are trying to select the best option within view.  “What am I supposed to talk about with people I don’t even know,” is quite often the number one thought running through the head of anyone who’s been put in this situation.  Well, it’s time to overcome the fear of going solo at a conference event!

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Hey! That’s My Image!

Do you use Flickr?  They have recently come under fire for selling canvas prints and wall mounts of user-submitted photographs through their website without passing any of the profits on to the creator. Creative Commons (“CC”) licensing is allowing them to do this 100% legally.

There are a lot of different ways people use the service. I use it to store backups of photos. It also has a very robust “Advanced Search” feature, which comes in handy to find free stock photos.

Don’t Be Fooled: Anonymity Is Not A Feature Of Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App

On Thursday, Facebook Creative Labs unveiled the new mobile app ‘Rooms‘ for public download in the US & UK. ‘Rooms,’ with the tagline “Create Something Together,” is the company’s newest in a growing line of social apps that operate outside of the flagship “Facebook” platform.  In browsing news articles covering the release, I was astonished that it is being branded as a tool for “anonymity.” An alarming number of websites are heralding the new iOS-only app as an opportunity to “go anonymous.” For a more in-depth overview of how the service works, check out this article over at The Verge.

Kick-off To 4th Annual Entertainment Law Symposium

Today is the first day of the 4th Annual Entertainment Law Symposium in Nashville, TN!  This three-day event is a part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014, which The New York Times has dubbed “The coolest music scene today.”  The American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries co-sponsors the symposium with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.

I’ve gathered together a few resources below to help you discover all the best opportunities that are available to attendees.  The symposium takes place at the Hutton Hotel & Palmer Plaza and runs through Friday, September 19th, so check back each day for the highlights and coverage from the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries!

For a complete schedule of events for the Festival & Conference, click here.  The schedule is very interactive and a great networking tool, powered by Sched.org.  I highly recommend connecting your LinkedIn account once you signup and use this as a networking opportunity!

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How I Graduated From Law School With A Job

The job market is horrible. You can walk around moaning and groaning about it. You can join in with the complainers out there, debating whether law school is worth the time and effort. However, that’s not going to help you get a job.

Getting a job is difficult, stressful, time-consuming, and lots of other horrible adjectives. But, I want you to know that it can also be a life-changing experience. You have the choice to make it rough and tough; or, you can follow some simple tips and tricks to put yourself one step closer to landing a job. I’m not guaranteeing it will be your dream job right away, but it’s somewhere better than your current position, right?

Earlier this week, I reached out to a few friends from across the country that recently graduated from law school and obtained legal jobs. I have compiled below a number of tips, tricks, and suggestions that you can implement as you embark upon your own job search.