At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. - Eric Hoffer
From time to time, we all should share what we are doing in NALS with our employers. Especially since they are the ones that will ultimately make the decision to support our membership in NALS. What is your employer’s “soft spot”? What fits in with their direction? Find the NALS benefit that aligns with their “soft spot” and share it with them.
Every now and then we need to challenge ourselves to share what we have learned at a conference, a lunch and learn, or simply from another member with our legal administrators, attorneys, and our coworkers. Next time you return from a meeting and regroup from being away from the office, ask if you could share some of the information that you gained with the other legal professionals in your office. If your employer is currently supporting you, they will see their dollars at work through you. If you are looking to gain their support, they will see the value you are gaining from the meetings and hopefully will realize that you are fertile soil to plant their dollars. Let them see the value of NALS.
Thinking of value in NALS, did you realize that we have some great Affinity Programs? This could also be a selling point to your employer. For instance, if you are in an office that does not have a FedEx or UPS account, ask if you could use the NALS Affinity Program discount. Share with them that as a member of NALS, you receive up to a 16% discount on domestic letters, which includes the letter and legal envelope packages. If you have a package that would normally cost $15 to overnight, with your NALS discount, it will only cost you $12.60—a savings of $2.40. If you overnight at least six packages a week for a year, your NALS membership will have saved your company over $720 a year. Hmm!! That’s a benefit worth letting them know about! If it can be saved, it can be allotted towards your NALS participation.
What about student members in your legal community? What if you created an internship program that would give a student an experience within your law firm and, in turn, will help the law firm with certain tasks and needs during this period of internship? What if at the end, your employer realized how valuable this program has been to both the student and the law firm and decides to hire the student after he or she graduates from the paralegal or secretarial program? What if your employer then decides to continue the internships? You have engaged your firm to become proactive in allowing students to gain valuable experience and, in turn, your firm has gained talented employees.
Sometimes we have to invest our time, shake up the normalcy, and show them that we are committed to NALS.
- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors