“This is a compliment, not a compliment, Olga. This is a big difference!” Read the email I received from the senior partner.
He provides links to Webster’s dictionary and grammar articles. Three other partners and two senior partners joined in, and I was troubled by cheap jokes for several days. I am very happy to be included in several of these emails.
My sin? I found the winning case law and received widespread praise for my research, and then hurriedly made great enthusiasm for my equipment: “Thank you! I am grateful.”
After reading the partner’s reply, I want to send him screenshots of other Webster entries, namely “pedantic” and “punctilious”, but since I am a first-year colleague, I decided that this might not be the smartest idea. Having said that, this has not changed my view of lawyers’ obsession with perfectionism.
Who cares about coma and grammar! ?
I think in some cases Yes It’s important, but I just don’t think it is necessary to perfect it on the base. If you think you are considered an “arbitrator of truth,” then (ironically) you are lying. My nouns may not be professional or completely correct, but if people can choose pronouns, I should be allowed to choose my common nouns (my nouns may not be easy to confuse in fact).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that there is a problem with exploring pronouns, but as most people who study communication and linguistics will tell you: the bottom line of communication is not rules, but information. As long as the other party clearly understands what you want to say, you can successfully communicate!
So far, I have been talking about communication beyond professional background. If your contract is full of typos, then yes, it will have a bad impression on you and the company you work for. However, in a situation like mine, I think it is perfect.
Perfection is like spelling; sometimes it’s just close enough. I think the lawyer’s attitude towards invulnerability is a bit unhealthy. No one is perfect, so why build a facade? Why pretend? In some cases, I will argue that it helps you and others to prove your human error by making mistakes. It reduces the tension, while making you more gracious and even cuter. Everyone makes mistakes. In a healthy environment, people will like you more because they can also see that you are also imperfect, no different from them.
But in the end, and perhaps the most important:
Perfection is not my virtue, but the essence of what I do to measure my value!
The crux of the problem should not be language, but the whole. The importance of the content, the depth of the research, the strength of the proposition—all these writing factors are much more appropriate than whether there are any spelling errors or grammatical errors here and there. As a lawyer, I learned a lot of things and learned a lot of skills. After all, this is a highly competitive industry and I hope you can provide high-quality results. Lawyers provide high value, and the value of editing and proofreading is relatively low compared to the material itself. Not only that, it can also be executed automatically by spell checking or grammar checking.
I would rather mess up the English terms than the legal terms. If I spend time worrying about perfection, then I will never get enough satisfaction. When you have to examine everything carefully through the lens of a microscope, it is difficult to concentrate on viewing the big picture.
Don’t fake something flawless, and don’t give in to its base. Embrace the flaws, but convey the essence. For the sake of appearance, the worst compromise is to sacrifice functionality.
Olga V. Mack is Parley Pro, Is the first next-generation contract management company to develop online negotiation technology. Olga is committed to legal innovation, and is committed to developing and shaping the future of law. She firmly believes that by embracing technology, the legal profession will be stronger, more flexible and inclusive than before. Olga is also an award-winning general counsel, operations expert, entrepreneurial consultant, public spokesperson, part-time professor and entrepreneur.She founded Women as board members Advocate women’s participation in the board of directors of Fortune 500 companies.She wrote Get in the car: Earn tickets for seats on the company’s board of directors with Basic principles of smart contract security. You can follow Olga on Twitter @olgavmack.