I have watched and listened to so many pledge drives on PBS and NPR over the years. I occasionally get a question about how to support this blog. I’ve ruled out pledge drives, thankfully for you and for me.

Recently, I noticed that Sabrina Pacifici of the fabulously-useful and highly-recommended blog, BeSpacific, had a post called “Requesting Your Support for BeSpacific.” It’s a simple straightforward request to support her efforts on the blog with instructions on how to do so.

I thought this might be a good time to collect in one place the ways you can support this blog. As I sometimes anthropomorphize my blog (it does have its own Twitter account – @dkennedyblog), the list includes a few suggestions from the blog.


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Tom Mighell and I launched our podcast in 2006. We joined the Legal Talk Network and have just published episode #300. We could probably claim many things about the podcast, but we’re OK with calling it “the longest continuously-running podcast on legal technology.”

Because surprisingly few podcasts even make it to 15 episodes, let alone roll on for 15 years, we’re understandably proud of the accomplishment. It’s a tribute to what two people on a Skype call can come up with and keep going, especially when it’s easy to collaborate with each other.

For the 300th episode, we decided to turn the tables on ourselves a bit. We brought in our friend, the original guest host on our earliest podcasts, and longtime president of the podcast’s fan club, Adriana Linares. Adriana is a great interviewer and hosts her own successful podcast, New Solo.

Adriana thought it would be fun to get Tom and me to talk about what happens behind the scenes at the podcast, our friendship, and what tech we use. Since both Tom and I are experts at deflecting the subject away from our personal lives, we spent a lot of time talking about the tech we use and some of our approaches.

You are going to get a ton of tech tips as well as other insider info about the podcast. And it was a ton-o-fun.

We could probably claim many things about the podcast, but we’re OK with calling it “the longest continuously-running podcast on legal technology.”

We’re getting ready to record episode #301 tomorrow, so we plan to keep things rolling.

So many people to thank over the years, but I want to single out LuAnn Reeb and Adam Camras for offering a place and keeping us on the Legal Talk Network platform.

We especially thank our many listeners over the years, encourage you to subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcast app (we’re also on Spotify), and hope the podcast has helped you and made you think.

We’re always happy to hear from our listeners. Please enjoy this episode and listen toa classic earlier episode too.


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Second Brain screenshotTom Mighell and I got the idea to do something we call the “Second Brain project” back in 2020. We first discussed it in a podcast we called “Eureka! – The Beginnings of Dennis and Tom’s Second Brain Project.” We’ve now done a total of eight episodes on our thinking and our progress. The most recent of which was called “Dennis and Tom’s Second Brain Update..”

We started with a blank slate. We knew we wanted a tool that covered four main wants for us: capturing, organizing, “actioning,” and sharing.

Tom and I realized that we had some different priorities. What was interesting, however, is that we both independently decided on the same core tool – Notion.

I thought this was a good time to share some of my progress. I’ve completed version 2.0 of my Second Brain and am on track to complete version 3.0 by the end of this month.

I’m now tracking projects with several dashboards. I’m collecting and categorizing my notes. I’ve created a “reference notebook” with links from a variety of sources. And I’ve collected commonly-used materials in one place.

Notion’s simple, but powerful, databases with ways to show a variety of views and connect databases have been the key and opened ways for me to work that hadn’t seemed possible before.

My latest additions have been a daily habit tracker, daily reflections capture, and an OKR (Objectives and Key Results) tracker.

And it’s personally tailored to me.

I feel both that I’m just getting started and that I’ve come far farther that I expected I could back in June 2020. Not a bad COVID project and one that should have great longevity.

I suspect that I’ll be writing and speaking about this project in 2021.


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On Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 8:00 Eastern, I’ll be holding the second of my monthly “Ask Me Anything” webcasts. The theme for this one will be “personal productivity.”

In the session, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have on the topic, from my decades-long use of the “Getting Things Done” method to OmniFocus and other tools (including pencil and paper) to personal kanban boards to Personal Quarterly Offsites and sprints to Notion and my new Second Brain Project.

I also get new ideas and tips whenever I listen to someone else talk about personal productivity and hope you will too.

Details (including Zoom coordinates) may be found at the Linkedin Event for the session. It’s free, you don’t need to register, but you will need a password available at the LinkedIn Event.

This webcast is the second in my experiment to do three of these monthly webcasts at the end of 2021. The results from the first one? Fun and definitely positive. So far, so good. Help me get data to determine whether this is something I should continue in 2022.

Details here.


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For many years, modern portfolio theory and its adaptation to technology and innovation in law has been one of my recurring big themes. As in your financial portfolio, risk and reward must be assessed and your tech and innovation efforts must be seen as a portfolio to increase your chances of good longterm returns.

You want to do do things in connection with your portfolio:

  • Diversity it
  • Align it with your risk tolerance

As I like to say, the concepts are easy. There’s a whole chapter in my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations, focused on this topic and the theme is found many places in the book.

I’ve been thinking lately about the risk tolerance part. Might there be a way to usefully quantify that so you can act on it?

I’ve created an Organization Innovation Risk Tolerance Quiz that does exactly that. 25 questions will guide you through four large categories of organization risk tolerance. You’ll get a score that you can use in several ways to help you with innovation risk management.

It’s available now on Gumroad.com for US$9.95.
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Let me know how it helps you.

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Dennis Kennedy photoI’m trying an experiment over the next three months to hold a monthly “Ask Me Anything” Zoom webinar. The first will be on on Thursday evening, October 28, 2021, at 8:00 PM ET. Would you like to join in? Here’s the LinkedIn Event for it.

You can submit your question(s) for me in advance via a comment to this post or live in the Q&A in the Zoom Webinar.

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#Innovation, #LegalTech, #NewLaw, #CreatorEconomy, #Podcasting, #ContentCreation, #LegalEd

Hope to see you there.


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A lot has been happening at Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory recently. Seemed like a good time to post an update.

  • Upcoming “Ask Me Anything” Zoom Webcast. I had so much fun and got such good feedback on my recent special guest appearance on Ari Kaplan’s Virtual Lunch. I’ve decided to run an experiment for the rest of the year with monthly open “Ask Me Anything” Zoom sessions. The first one will be on Thursday evening, October 28, at 8:00 Eastern. Details here. Hope to see you there.
  • Finishing Draft of New Version of Collaboration Tools Book. Next week, Tom and I will be submitting our draft of a new version of our book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technology, for peer review editing. Lots of new content, a new approach, and learnings from the pandemic. Watch for news as we get closer to publication.
  • Featured Legal Innovation as a Service. Does your law department need a “reality check” on its legal innovation projects before the end of 2021? My current featured “Legal Innovation as a Service” offering is called “Reality Check.” I’ll review your current or proposed innovation portfolio and assess whether what you are doing makes sense in the real world for a fixed fee of $7,500. I’m focusing on law departments. A good option if you are in the 2022 budget process.
  • Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community Premium Group. Premium Group members get access to special content, discounts, and PDFs of all the chapters of my Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations book. Join here.
  • LegalTech Vendor Insights Packages. These packages are designed to give you a pre-scoped, flat-fee, value-focused way to get the benefit of my high-regarded and highly-respected insights into the legaltech market, customers, and competitive products and services, plus my comments, questions, and suggestions on your strategies, plans, and roadmaps. More details here. I’m also considering one or two new advisory board roles for legaltech companies for 2022.
  • New Podcasts – The Kennedy-Mighell Report. Tom and I have done a bunch of podcasts on great topics – to-do list apps, our Second Brain project, ransomware, productization, COVID relections, automation, tagging, going back into the office, and more. See the list of episodes here.
  • Online Courses. Personal quarterly offsites are not only the most powerful personal productivity tool I’ve found, but I’ve also developed and evolved my own approach. Watch for much more from me on this front. In the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community, you’ll find an online course on Personal Quarterly Offsites and an online course on LinkedIn Essentials from Allison Shields Johs and me. And there’s the Exponential.Legal “Getting Exponential: The Essentials” course.
  • Gumroad Products. I’ve started to go through some of the things I’ve created and am turning into inexpensive information products. You’ll be able to find them here.

That’s the update. I have a to-do list of new blog posts, so watch for more content soon. You can also see what I’m thinking about and doing on LinkedIn and on Twitter at @denniskennedy and @dkennedyblog.


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Book cover of Make LinkedIn Work for YouAllison Shields Johs and I are having a quick “back-to-school” sale on the Kindle version of our book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Oher Legal Professionals, until the end of the day on August 12, 2021. It’s a great price: US$4.99.

We wanted to make the price attractive to law students and recent law graduates. The book has a chapter focused on great ways law students can use LinkedIn.

Of course, it’s a great price for everyone else too, but it is a limited-time offer. If you aren’t a Kindle fan, you can order a copy of the paperback version (not on sale).

Your professional network has never been more important than it is today.

Make LinkedIn Work for You will help you level up your LinkedIn game.

Back-to-school sale of Kindle version – $4.99 through August 12, 2021. Place your order today!


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Screen capture of Gumroad pageIt’s time for another creator economy experiment. I’ve been thinking and talking about trying Gumroad to offer for sale some of my smaller information products (templates, worksheets, handouts, et al.) that aren’t available elsewhere, are valuable, and aren’t currently helping others.

Gumroad is a very popular service that allows creators to monetize these kinds of products (and others). I’ve decided to give it a try.

You find my products page here.

I’ve started with two items and will gradually be adding more, especially if the site starts to work for me.

  1. To-Do List Grid for When You Have to Much to Do (template)
  2. Workbook for my Productive Personal Quarterly Offsites for Busy Legal Professionals online course – a quick and easy way to preview the course and try the approach I find so invaluable on your own before deciding to take the full course.

As always, I welcome your feedback on the experiment, the offerings, and the approach. Check it out now!


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The new episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast is called, appropriately enough, “Does it Take 10,000 Hours to Become a Legal Tech Expert?” and is now available. In the episode, Tom Mighell and I take a look at what it takes to become a legal technology expert these days and whether it is even possible to be a general legal tech expert anymore (if it ever was).

From the description:

Are there good ways to develop your legal technology expertise in a hurry? Well, Dennis and Tom’s short answer is no, but don’t let that get you down! Tune in for their tips and resources for building your knowledge base and gaining a greater understanding of the ever-expanding relationship between technology and law.

This time on “Hot or Not?”, the guys examine asynchronous audio/video tools and offer their take on this tech’s practicality in the workplace.

Our regular listeners will not be surprised that we go in some unexpected directions, swim against the tide of convention, and urge people to chart a path that has meaning for them. We think everyone will learn something. Available wherever fine podcasts can be obtained.

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