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If you believe that success leaves clues, you’re in the right place. Welcome to The Successful Lawyer Podcast where we will interview the top successful lawyers and influeners in the legal profession. Hosted by the CPA for Lawyers, Larry Weinstein, we will be pulling back the curtain to discover their proven growth strategies including their mindset for success, marketing strategies, tactics, tools, and hacks. Larry Weinstein is a CPA, author, and consultant based in Houston, Texas and is kn ...
 
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In 2017, filmmaker Larry Weinstein shot Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (available to stream on iTunes) for the Canadian Broadcast Company. The documentary starts in a fictional Chinese restaurant in 1967, and a number of music video-like performances set in that restaurant give structure to an exploration of the Jewish relationship to Christmas. Th…
 
The Dallas-based Polyphonic Spree formed in 2000, and the 22-person band seemed inconceivable. Former Tripping Daisy member Tim DeLaughter pulled together a band that gave him strings, horns, a harp, and host of voices to sing along. At the time, the band's look including choir robes and Dallas' proximity to Waco prompted the British press to specu…
 
In December, I talked to "folk pianist" George Winston about his then-new Christmas single, "Silent Night," which he released to benefit Feeding America. His version was inspired by electronic artist Joseph Byrd and New Orleans piano player Professor Longhair, and at the time I ran part of our interview. This week, I'm running the interview in its …
 
The 1996 album Christmas on Death Row has always stood out because it seemed so improbable. Death Row Records made its name on indo-fueled g-funk telling gangsta stories from the 'hoods of Los Angeles, and nothing in that sound or subject matter conjures up warm fuzzies. Digital wise guys writing listicles in the 2000s during the holiday season ine…
 
In 2018, violinist Lindsey Stirling released her Christmas album, Warmer in the Winter, and although she doesn't usually sing on her songs, today she explain why she decided to sing the title track. Today's conversations is largely about versions of songs--the hows and whys of picking one version over another. It's an issue in her case because she …
 
Starting in the mid-2000s, mp3 blogs were a way to share a musical passion and find the community that shares it. I wrote about two such mp3 bloggers who share their love of Louisiana music for 64 Parishes, and this week on the show I talk to Brad Ross-MacLeod, also known online as the King of Jingaling at FaLaLaLaLa.com. He has shared his love of …
 
Singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin are The Bird and the Bee, whose stylish, semi-electronic pop draws influences including a few that came to be lumped--inaccurately, I'd argue--under the "lounge" umbrella. The results are far snappier than that implies, but Kurstin has access to a battalion of retro keyboard sounds at his disposal that,…
 
There's a whole body of chiptune music--music created by manipulating the programmable sound generator in videogame consoles. People once observed that if something exists, there's a porn version of it on the Internet, and if music exists, there's likely also a chiptune version of it as well. Levi Buffum, who records under the name Doctor Octoroc, …
 
In 1981, Christmas albums for rock 'n' roll audiences didn't exist, and with the exception of a few snotty punk singles, there was nothing for young people who loved the music that emerged after punk and new wave. ZE Records' A Christmas Record occupied that space alone, though as label founder Michael Zilkha explains, the album was more of a marke…
 
Starting a business on your own without using systems to grow and automate processes is not sustainable. Allison Williams, who is now a Business Coach at Law Firm Mentor, once tried to be her own staff. She was her own secretary and lawyer for six weeks until one day; she woke up a quarter inch away from a guard wall while driving 90 miles an hour …
 
Prog metal is not my musical sweet spot, particularly where Christmas music is concerned. But as the arenas full of people who attend Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows each holiday season testify, it clearly is for many. For that reason, I really enjoy talking to people working in that area. I want to understand it better. Peter Orullian is one such a…
 
In 2010, the two-man act known as 11 Acorn Lane released Happy Holy Days, an album of predominantly Christmas music that nods to two very different but equally legendary talents--Esquivel and Henry Mancini. Thomas Feurer and Neal Pawley discuss their affection for the two and how they created music in their footsteps instrument by instrument, bar b…
 
With so many lawyers out there these days, it is pretty hard to build your authority and gain the trust of potential clients. However, Justin Stivers found a way to make his practice different and more respected than others: by providing marketing resources containing valuable information. Justin sits down with Larry Weinstein, CPA to share how he …
 
The British Cherryade Records has been indie in concept and practice for more than 15 years. For much of that time, it has released a yearly Christmas compilation, A Very Cherry Christmas, which is only released in limited quantities and predominantly as physical objects. Cherryade's Bandcamp page features links to their Christmas comps dating back…
 
What makes up an excellent and working team? More than effective money-making strategies and a proper target audience, everyone can benefit by being clear with their core values and actually realizing them. Joining Larry Weinstein, CPA is personal injury lawyer Christopher Nicolaysen of Springs Law Group to share how they came up with strong team-b…
 
Singer Jacqui Naylor cops to the phrase "jazz vocalist," but she has worked to broaden the tags used to identify her and the spheres where her music can live. Since she debuted in the late 1990s, she has leaned into her inner singer/songwriter on occasion, and with "acoustic smashing," she has jumped the jazz fences entirely, pairing songs by R.E.M…
 
For justice to be truly accessible, we need more lawyers to offer low-cost options to their clients. Colorado criminal defense lawyer, Justie Nicol excels in devising some of these for her clients. Specifically, she has created a flat fee billing system that offers free consultation and a number of options based on what a particular client needs. N…
 
Guitarist Steve Lukather is best known for a thousand studio sessions, as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, and as the sole founding member remaining in Toto. He has enjoyed the rock 'n' roll life, and even though he's not the wild man he used to be, he remains unfiltered in conversation. That made our conversation on his 2003 Christmas alb…
 
Practically every lawyer knows the value of referrals, but not every one of them understands how to create a referral strategy that works. A big part of that comes from their misunderstanding in what a referral really means. Stacey Brown Randall, the award-winning author of Generating Business Referrals without Asking, joins Larry Weinstein in this…
 
COVID-19 forced major changes to Mardi Gras, including no parades, but New Orleanians still found ways to honor to day and spirit of the holiday. Since I take Mardi Gras seriously, my family and I were out on Fat Tuesday to see - and be a part of - a socially distanced Mardi Gras. In honor of the holiday, I've scheduled an encore presentation of th…
 
Your business will only be as great as the people in it. However, it can be tough to determine who these people are at the onset because the reality is it’s hard to find good people, most especially during the hiring process. So how do you weed out the bad from those who will help your business thrive? In this episode, Larry Weinstein interviews Mo…
 
Last December, listener and Anglican pastor Chris Marchand wrote to tell me about Let Nothing You Dismay--an EP of Christmas music that could serve as a the soundtrack to A Blade Runner Christmas--and a book he wrote, Celebrating The 12 Days of Christmas: A Guide for Churches and Families. While we swapped email, we started talking about Sufjan Ste…
 
Establishing a business starts with your specific goals. But these will remain mere business punchlines unless you work on them, which calls for proper strategic planning. Larry Weinstein, CPA interviews Melissa Shanahan of Velocity Work to share how she helps law firms and attorneys realize that their goals will remain unimplemented without well-t…
 
Mento Buru from East Bakersfield, California has played around California's Central Valley since the early 1990s. Bandleader Matt Munoz explains how they, like many bands, have made a living and endured as a regional act. Last Christmas, Mento Buru released the East Bakersfield Christmas EP, which features Christmas classics adapted to suit the ban…
 
Growing wealth for yourself is one thing, but growing it to pass on to your family is a different game in itself. Finding the problem among lawyers struggling to do the latter, Larry Weinstein interviews Moshe Amsel, host of the Profit with Law and the Law Firm Growth Summit. Moshe shares how he started helping law firms in creating generational we…
 
Chas Justus' musical taste ends around 1965, he says, and he has made his living playing in roots music bands in Southern Louisiana--the swing band The Red Stick Ramblers, and more recently in The swamp pop band The Revelers. Last fall, he brought together a number of his musical friends to record Joyeux Noël, Bon Chrismeusse, an EP of classic Chri…
 
Still in the middle of a global pandemic, most of us have already applied and received the PPP loan. On December 21st, 2020, Congress passed a long-anticipated additional round of COVID relief legislation as part of the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus COVID Relief Deal, providing a much-needed stimulus to individuals and businesses due to the economic…
 
Before Christmas, I talked to Holly Foster-Wells, the president of Peggy Lee Associates, about her grandmother, singer Peggy Lee. In the episode that also included conversations with Joey Burns of Calexico and Grant-Lee Phillips, we talked about Lee's Christmas parties and her songwriting, which seemed to be aimed at children more than fans might e…
 
The economy is steadily moving towards the subscription model. While unheard of in the law profession, Jess Birken, a solopreneur lawyer at Birken Law Office, is thinking ahead, adopting it into her own practice. In this episode, she joins Larry Weinstein, CPA, to tell us more about it, what she is seeing in the shift towards this model, and why su…
 
This week's episode features two very different conversations. First, I talk to Patrick Droney, a Nashville-based guitarist trying to establish himself as an artist who makes soulful contemporary rock music. In October, he released an EP, State of the Heart, and he'll flesh it out with an album-length version this spring. Between those releases, he…
 
Above any product or service, people usually value customer experience the most. Even with great offers, they will probably look for better prospects if their questions or concerns are not entertained. With that in mind, entrepreneurs look into two areas for better customer retention: the intake process and referrals. Larry Weinstein, CPA sits down…
 
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