One way to increase the number of collaborative cases you bring in is to network with other professionals. If you want to network with other collaborative professionals in your area, use the following email templates.
1. If you’re reaching out to someone whom you admire, consider asking him or her to act as your mentor. Most people will be flattered and accept your invitation.
Good morning, [Name],
My name is [your name], and I work as a collaborative attorney at [your firm]. I became familiar with your work when [how you discovered this person], and I wanted to reach out to tell you how much I admire your [skill or specific experience].
If you’re open to it, I’d love to [grab coffee/connect on LinkedIn/other opportunity to get to know each other] to [keep in touch/learn more about your experience].
I look forward to learning more from you, [Name]!
Wishing you the best,
2. If you’re trying to connect with the colleague of a friend, consider sending an email like the following.
My name is [Your name], and my friend [friend’s name] provided your contact information to me and suggested that I reach out to you.
[Friend’s name] mentioned that we share a [passion for/interest in/experience with] [shared interest] and said you’d be a great person to get to know! So, I thought I’d reach out, introduce myself, and let you know that I’d love to find out more about you and your experience with [specific area]. Please let me know if I can treat you to a cup of coffee or glass of wine sometimes soon.
I look forward to connecting with you, [Name]!
3. If you’ve met someone briefly at an event, try sending the following email.
I hope you’re having a good week.
It was so nice to meet you at [place where you met] and chat about [topic you talked about]. I really enjoyed meeting you, and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to get together and bounce around some more ideas about [topic]. I’d love that!
Wishing you the best,
Use the above email templates to smooth your way to networking with other professionals in your area. This is one way to increase the likelihood that other collaborative professionals will think of you when staffing their divorce teams.