Lawyers need motivating. As with all intelligent human beings, the best motivation is self-motivation. After many years without an original and empathetic book, we now have a strikingly original one written for practitioners. With the metaphor of surfing and the ocean flowing throughout, the authors have drawn on their collective experience and brought together not only some powerful psychological tools but a beautiful collection of ideas and images which will continue to inspire long after the first reading. The first section deals with the power of the mind and examines visualizations, underlying beliefs and one's own internal language. It then goes on to examine communication skills ranging from the building of rapport and body language to advocacy techniques. This is followed by a section on goal setting, values and ways in which positive changes can be made fast and effectively in all areas of one's life. Finally, there is a section on work/life balance focusing on various aspects of health and leisure. It is aimed at lawyers, legal students, staff working in legal offices and anyone interested in improving their lot and living their lives with passion.
Tim Kevan is a barrister at 1 Temple Gardens specialising in, among other things, health and safety and personal injury law. He has written 10 books and numerous articles and regularly appears on TV & radio commenting on topical issues. He enjoys surfing and mountain-biking and spends much of his free time at the coast. Dr Michelle Tempest MA LLM MB BChir is a former community psychiatrist. She is qualified in medicine and law and until recently taught at Cambridge University.