Brian Michalek: The Value of Coaching to Legal Business Development

In this episode, Steve Fretzin and Brian Michalek discuss:

  • Brian’s background (and initial struggle) in business development.
  • Going through Steve’s business development program and how it helped to grow Brian’s business.
  • The value in one-on-one coaching.
  • Managing business development with billable hours.

Key Takeaways:

  • Business development is a skill that can be learned, and sometimes working with a coach and taking classes may be what is needed to grow your business.
  • Perfect practice makes perfect – even in business development.
  • If you’re not managing your time, the time is managing you.
  • Not all practices and organizations will be right for you. There are many things to take into account when making that decision.

“Not all organizations are created equal. It’s important to take into account other factors, like culture and colleagues, when practicing law. It can make a big difference in the ability for you to practice, as well as your happiness and lifestyle.” —  Brian Michalek

Connect with Brian Michalek:


Phone: 312-876-7836

LinkedIn: Brian Michalek & Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Connect with Steve Fretzin:

LinkedIn: Steve Fretzin

Twitter: @stevefretzin

Facebook: Fretzin, Inc.



Book: The Ambitious Attorney: Your Guide to Doubling or Even Tripling Your Book of Business and more!

YouTube: Steve Fretzin

Call Steve directly at 847-602-6911

Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

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