Did you ever ask someone for a favor, then wait a long, pregnant moment when you just knew Rosemary's baby was going to appear?
No? Then consider yourself lucky -- especially if you don't know that movie. Spoiler alert: Never move into an apartment with cannibals as neighbors.
Anyway, if you are afraid of asking for referrals for your law practice because you might appear desperate or something, just don't go there. Here are some ways around it.
Try a Different Way
For some lawyers, it's awkward to ask head-on for referrals. But statistically those same people usually have more business.
So if that's not you, try different ways to ask. Try these tips:
In general, it's easier to ask for referrals when clients recognize your value. A footnote about referrals on a discounted bill, for example, can't hurt.
Referral Rules to Live By
Of course, there is the Golden Rule: Refer unto others if you want them to refer unto you.
And then there are the "thou-shalt-nots," such as:
There are exceptions to the rules, but the last thing you want is a State Bar complaint for breaking them. Asking for referrals can be scary enough.
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