Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show

The Paralegals on Fire podcast show is hosted by Ann Pearson, a former paralegal and paralegal manager, turned entrepreneur. Join us each week to get actionable strategies to fast-track your paralegal career. We’re going to do that with informative interviews, “behind the curtain” tips from management, and solo episodes where we take deep dives into areas that matter most to paralegals. Our mission is to give you tangible things that you can walk away with each week that add value to your paralegal career.

Recent Paralegal Podcast Episodes

Episode 41 (August 9, 2022): How to Stand Out As a Personal Injury Paralegal

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This week, get some tips from Ann on how to stand out as a personal injury paralegal, especially when you’re having to wear different hats (aka different roles, depending on the type of personal injury firm you work at).

Episode 40 (August 2, 2022): Will Paralegals Be Replaced by Robots?

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In this week’s podcast show, Ann talks about what the future of the paralegal profession could bring us with technology and automation. Like all podcast episodes, she also gives paralegals some actionable strategies.

Episode 39 (July 26, 2022): An Interview With the Paralegal Career Coach

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In this episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann interviews Bert Binder, a former paralegal and the founder of Paralegal Career Coach, to bring you some great advice on the impacts, trends, and career opportunities for the paralegal profession.

Episode 38 (July 19, 2022): Proven Strategies to Get Out of Paralegal Burnout

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In the show, Ann discusses how to recognize when paralegal burnout is headed your way. And like all of the podcast episodes, she gives you some actionable strategies to help you overcome burnout.

Episode 37 (July 12, 2022): 7 Tips from Other Paralegals

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson shares 7 tips other paralegals have sent her over the years.

Episode 36 (July 5, 2022): Don’t Let Social Media Cost You a Job

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson provides examples of paralegals showing really poor judgment on social media and how that cost them their jobs.

Episode 35 (June 28, 2022): The Billable Hour Struggle IS Real

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson shares some actionable strategies that you can do right now that have the potential to increase your pay, job security, and future job prospects.

Episode 34 (June 21, 2022): How to Go From Law Firm Receptionist to Director of Legal Support Professionals

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In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson has a very special guest, and this episode is going to inspire you, whether you’re a new paralegal struggling to break into the field or an experienced paralegal who thinks there’s no such thing as a career ladder for a paralegal.

Episode 33 (June 14, 2022): Transitioning to the Litigation Practice Area

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson gives you actionable strategies to use if you are a paralegal working in other practice areas and you want to transition to litigation

Episode 32 (June 7, 2022): It’s Not Just About the Paralegal Skills

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson suggests that a new litigation paralegal should look at three key areas early in their career: mindset, behaviors, and skills.

Episode 31 (May 31, 2022): New to Litigation? Other Paralegals Give You Tips Here

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In this Q & A style episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann focuses on questions she receives from new paralegals but with a twist!

Episode 30 (May 24, 2022): 10 Things That We’re Glad Have Finally Changed in the Paralegal Profession

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann shares the 10 things she’s glad to have finally changed in the paralegal profession.

Episode 29 (May 17, 2022): Avoid These Mistakes if You’re Trying to Land Your First Paralegal Position

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann discusses three common mistakes new paralegals make when trying to land their first paralegal position.

Episode 28 (May 10, 2022): 3 Ways to Work Better With Attorneys

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann shares some advice on how to work better with attorneys

Episode 27 (May 3, 2022): Paralegal Time Management Tips

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann shares three great paralegal time management tips to reduce distractions, increase productivity and get you out of the office sooner!

Episode 26 (April 26, 2022): 10 Things Attorneys Look for in Paralegals

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann shares the top 10 things attorneys say they look for in paralegals.

Episode 25 (April 19, 2022): eDiscovery Questions and Answers

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In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann asked guest experts Andrea Pileggi and Kevin Gerami to answer your eDiscovery questions that were submitted by email and social media messages.

Episode 24 (March 22, 2022): Is it Time for a Break?

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson shares some personal news and reflects on whether taking some meaningful time to rest and recharge might make paralegals better able to support their teams.

Episode 23 (March 15, 2022): A Refresher on the 7 C’s of Paralegal Communication

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson breaks down the 7 C’s as it applies to paralegal communication and gives you some tips on how to become a more effective communicator.

Episode 22 (March 8, 2022): Self-Care to Reduce Paralegal Stress

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In this guest episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks with Heather Gonzalez, a paralegal who is also a Certified Nutritionist, 500 hour Yoga teacher, Wellness Coach, Personal trainer, Master Herbalist, and Mindful Coach about the importance of self-care for paralegals.

In the show, Ann and Heather discuss the five different types of self-care and some simple steps paralegals can take right now to reduce stress that can lead to a better quality of life and more productivity at work.

Episode 21 (March 1, 2022): Choosing the Right Path For Your Paralegal Education

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson takes a look at the educational options available today for paralegals and guides you through the process of choosing what school or option is best for you.

Episode 20 (February 22, 2022): 3 Key Numbers to Know if You Work in a Law Firm

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann discusses three key metrics you should know if you are working in a law firm that has a billable hour requirement.

Episode 19 (February 15, 2022): Alternative Paralegal Careers

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson discusses alternative paralegal careers and how to decide if one might be right for you. This list is from paralegals Ann has met or worked with who went on to have these job titles, just to give you an idea of what’s available. The list could be endless!

Episode 18 (February 8, 2022): A Better Way to Achieve Your Goals-Part 2

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In part two of this two-part solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson talks you through taking a specific goal and making it a S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal that is measurable, attainable, actionable, relevant and time bound.

Episode 17 (February 1, 2022): A Better Way to Achieve Your Goals

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In this two-part solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson takes a deep dive into how using the S.M.A.R.T.E.R method of goal setting can advance your paralegal career.

Episode 16 (January 25, 2022): Job Search Questions and Answers

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In this solo episode of the Paralegals on Fire! Podcast Show, Ann Pearson answers your paralegal job search questions. She offers tips for resume writing, interviewing, paid internships, and more. Tune in for strategies to help you navigate the paralegal employment market and succeed in landing that new position.

Episode 15 (January 18, 2022): Be the Problem-Solver Paralegal

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The problem-solving skill is one of the skills that every attorney says they want in a paralegal. How do you improve that skill? This is how you do it!

Episode 14 (January 11, 2022): How the Scarcity Mindset is Hurting the Paralegal Profession

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Ann discusses the way forward for new paralegals that doesn’t involve waiting on others to get the needed training.

Episode 13 (January 4, 2022): 8 Mindset Shifts That Could be Hurting Your Paralegal Career

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Our guest, Dan Moulder, is a paralegal manager and author of the book The Lunch. While it’s a book for all professions, we discuss how the mindsets in his book apply to paralegals.

Episode 12 (December 28, 2021): How to Turn Your Performance Review Into a Career Development Opportunity

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Ann gives listeners four (4) ways to change how you approach the sometimes-dreaded annual performance review meeting. And what to do if you don’t have one at your current place of employment.

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Our guest, Casey Flaherty, discusses innovations in the legal industry and how sometimes it means just knowing the basics of how to use the technology tools we already have.

Episode 10 (December 14, 2021): Paralegal Side Gigs (No Driving Required!)

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Ann looks at five interesting ideas for side gigs if you’re looking to make some extra cash and you don’t want to drive for Uber.

Episode 9 (December 7, 2021): Litigation Paralegal Q & A

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Ann answers questions from litigation paralegals who sent in their questions. Do you want to fast-track your litigation paralegal career?

Episode 8 (November 30, 2021): Is it Time to Move to Another Practice Area?

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Ann interviews Molly McGrath, Founder of Hiring and Empowering Solutions, and gets Molly’s insight on hiring trends and how paralegals can make the most out of the current job market. They also discuss how paralegals can stand out in the job search and as an employee.

Episode 7 (November 23, 2021): What the Paralegal Schools Don’t Tell You

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Five things that paralegal schools fail to mention when you’re considering a career as a paralegal.

Episode 6 (November 16, 2021): Paralegals Paying it Forward to Paralegals

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A random act of kindness got Ann thinking, what if we could keep it going? Imagine what we could do to lift up the paralegal profession!

Episode 5 (November 9, 2021): Forget About Job Security, Let’s Talk about Career Security!

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Instead of just focusing on your job, let’s look at specific things you can do to increase your career security so that it doesn’t matter what happens to your paralegal job, your paralegal career will always thrive.

Episode 4 (November 2, 2021): Billable Hour Q & A

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Ann answers questions sent in from listeners on the topic of paralegal billable hours.

Episode 3 (October 26, 2021): Add Mind-Reading to your Paralegal Skill Set

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Ann takes a look at how to work with a procrastinating attorney and not rely on the help of others to determine how successful you can be in your paralegal career.

Episode 2 (October 19, 2021): It is Time to Increase Paralegal Salaries

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In this record low unemployment in the legal industry, it would be a lot easier to recruit top talent if the salary and perks were better.

Episode 1 (October 12, 2021): Why Every Paralegal Should Have a Career Development Plan

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We’re also giving you a template to download a Paralegal Career Development Plan! Go to the Episode Page to get it.

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Podcast Host, Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp®. Ann develops training programs exclusively for paralegals and other legal professionals who work under the supervision of attorneys.

Before founding the Paralegal Boot Camp in 2010, Ms. Pearson had 20 years of experience in the legal industry.  Most recently, she was the paralegal manager at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where she managed the paralegals, docket clerks, and case assistants in Atlanta, New York, and San Diego. Ann was able to significantly increase the skill set, retention rates, and profitability of McKenna’s paralegal group through methods that she now teaches at the Paralegal Boot Camp.  Before her management position, Ann was a litigation paralegal for many years at an AmLaw 50 firm, working in the antitrust, product liability, and construction litigation practice areas.

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