Posted By Gina Roers-Liemandt, ACLEA Secretary ,
Monday, May 18, 2020
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Elections will be conducted for the Executive Committee officer positions of President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. There will also be elections for two (2) Director positions.
If you're an ACLEA member in good standing, you may nominate yourself for a Director position by notifying the Secretary of your intent to run. To be eligible, your membership dues must be current at the time of nomination. Terms are two years
and will begin July 28, 2020 following the Annual business meeting which will be held virtually.
Pursuant to the Bylaws, Article VII, Section 1(b), By Self-Nomination. A member may file a self-nomination with the Secretary (or his or her designee) for any Director position. The period for receipt by the Secretary (or his or her designee) of such self-nominations shall begin ninety days before the starting date of the Annual Meeting and shall close forty-five days before the starting date of the Annual Meeting. Thereafter no further self-nominations shall be permitted. The notice of self-nomination must be in writing (with facsimile and electronic mail transmission being acceptable as “in writing”). It is the sole responsibility of the member filing a self-nomination to assure its receipt.
Please send your notice of intent to run, a brief biography, and photo for inclusion on the ballot to the ACLEA office no later than midnight CDT, (UTC-5) Friday, June 12, 2020.
Posted By ACLEA,
Friday, May 15, 2020
Updated: Monday, May 18, 2020
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The Association for Continuing Legal Education (“ACLEA”) is currently reviewing vendors for a virtual meeting platform vendor to sponsor its 56th Annual Meeting to be held July 25, and 27-28, 2020. ACLEA is issuing this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) to source a vendor who will be able to best meet the outlined virtual meeting requirements. The RFP process allows for the gathering of in-depth knowledge of vendors’ abilities and strategies with respect to virtual meeting platforms and affords the most comprehensive market analysis. The RPF is available at: https://app.box.com/s/zmg2t0mrfjj5ybwtbo698ri8gou222px
As many of you may be looking at or working with vendors who may be interested in this RFP, we welcome your input as to those who may be interested in submitting a response to this RFP. Please feel free to forward this email to your contacts directly, or let Gina Roers-Liemandt know of vendors who may be interested.
We welcome you or your contacts to submit a response to this RFP by the closing date for submissions, Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 6:00pm CT. Please note, late submissions will not be accepted.
Any questions regarding this RFP may be directed to, Gina Roers-Liemandt, ACLEA Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gina Roers-Liemandt, Secretary
Gina Roers-Liemandt, JD
Director, MCLE and Professional Development
American Bar Association
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ACLEA Annual Meeting
Posted By ACLEA,
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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I hope this finds you safe and well. No, this is not another communication to let you know how an organization is working to protect you in light of COVID-19. It is about keeping in touch. Your Executive Committee is monitoring the situation as it relates to upcoming ACLEA events and understands now more than ever it is important to strengthen our thriving community of ACLEA members. I encourage you to actively participate in the new ACLEA online forum, which is dedicated to sharing resources and discussions to help each other through this difficult time.
Please keep safe, well, and connected.
As a member of ACLEA, you have full access to our On-Demand educational materials through this new forum, in which we have already added resources based on the active listserv discussions over the past several weeks. Thanks to CE21 for creating this dedicated area.
- To access this space, log into your account (notice this is different than the normal ACLEA log in, but it will use your ACLEA credentials): https://aclea.ce21.com/Account/Login
- Choose the "I have an ACLEA account" button. If your ACLEA membership is not currently active, you will not be able to access this space.
- Once you enter your credentials, you will be redirected to the account page where this space is hosted. There are a series of tabs there. Select the Discussion Community tab, and then Enter Community
- The community has a forum where you can contribute and start discussion threads. You should also feel free to add new conversations. The best use is to keep the conversations together on a similar thread.
- There are other tabs at the top of this page where you can review documents shared by your peers, this section also includes a calendar of events and other ACLEA products/resources. Instructions for use are provided on each tab. All available to you as a member of ACLEA, all in one space.
How to Engage with Employees Remotely
In an increasingly flexible and technologically advanced professional world, working remotely is becoming typical of the modern workplace. However, COVID-19 has made working remotely more common for organizations that haven’t done this previously across their entire workforce. ACLEA strives to educate and empower employers to recognize employees wherever they may be, leading to better employee engagement.
Lisa Massiello, CRP, is the Design & Governance Manager on Wells Fargo's Enterprise Recognition team and past RPI President. Her company has had virtual staff in place for years, and Lisa shared some relevant insight based on her experience making sure that employees feel recognized remotely, too.
- Hold check-in meetings
Even if it is a quick 30-minute Zoom meeting about how everyone’s weekend was, that connection is more important than ever when employees are remote. It can be hard to maintain company culture remotely, but meetings like these can reinforce the feeling of community.
- Send a quick note
Send a quick email to check in, say thank you, or ask how someone is doing. Try to mimic little check-ins you may do in the office. This can give space for employees to give feedback or ideas.
- Emphasize listening
Listening to others becomes much more difficult when meetings are done remotely. Try to give every employee in an online meeting the opportunity to speak so everyone feels heard. It Is more important than ever for employees to be engaged in meetings.
As always, please connect with us at
email@example.com with any questions.
aclea's online forum
Posted By Lucas Boling, The Missouri Bar,
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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What are your long-term goals as a CLE professional and how committed are you to achieving those goals?
Before saying goodbye to 2019, I finished reading GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, PhD, a book recommended by my ACLEA friend and colleague, Linda Russell. Through research findings and interviews with successful athletes, educators, and business leaders, Dr. Duckworth explores how achieving long-term goals is less about talent and more about passion and perseverance, which she calls grit.
Curious about just how gritty you are? You can take Dr. Duckworth’s free 45-second grit survey here: http://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/.
Regardless of how you score on that scale, the good news is that grit can be grown over time. Additionally, we have the ability to create a work culture that attracts, retains, and encourages others who have the passion and persistence to build a successful CLE organization.
As you examine your personal and professional goals for the new year, I recommend taking time to read Dr. Duckworth’s book. It is filled with real-life examples of grit that are instructional and inspirational, no matter where you are in life or in your career as a CLE professional. Short on time? Take a few minutes to check out her TED Talk on the subject at https://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8 .
Best wishes for a gritty and successful 2020!
Posted By Allyson Felt, J.D., Director of Continuing Legal Education, Nebraska State Bar Association,
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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In July 2019, ACLEA hosted its 55th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. It was my first ever ACLEA event – and my first month on the job as the new CLE Director for the Nebraska State Bar Association. By the time ACLEA rolled around, I had been at my new post for three weeks. Needless to say, I had a lot to learn.
Before taking the position as CLE Director, I was a practicing attorney for several years. I knew why CLE was important to me individually and to the profession. However, I had no idea how much work went into planning each CLE, whether it be a one-hour webinar or a multi-week program. Thankfully, I was able to attend the ACLEA New Member Orientation and CLE Bootcamp. The Bootcamp was incredibly helpful to me, especially being so new to the position. The Bootcamp provided CLE ideas, ways to discover new customers, and accreditation advice along with many other topics. I really enjoyed meeting my fellow newbies, and it was helpful to know that everyone had some of the same questions I did.
The rest of the Annual Meeting was just as useful as the Bootcamp. We discussed engagement in learning, thoughtful marketing strategies, and tech tools to make learning bigger and better. I attended the State & Provincial Bars SIG luncheon as well, and I got to meet my counterparts from other states around the country. It was incredibly interesting to hear more about their experiences and how certain court cases and current events have impacted their bar associations.
Overall, the planning team put together an amazing conference. The event staff did an amazing job, and the venue was great – perfectly located on the Chicago Riverwalk. I met some incredibly friendly people from all over the world, and I can truly say that I was better prepared for my new position having attended the Annual Meeting.
One topic that came up a lot at Annual Meeting was event evaluations/surveys and feedback from attendees. We all encounter the same problems as CLE providers – how do we give our attendees what they want if we don’t know they want it? Survey results are incredibly helpful when planning a CLE or reviewing who to use as a speaker, but it feels nearly impossible to get responses. (Full disclosure: I have major guilt over the numbers of surveys I failed to return as a CLE attendee prior to taking my current position. I have learned my lesson and now respond to every survey I receive – CLE or otherwise.)
Here are a few tips that may help improve surveys and responses:
- Less is more: The surveys do not need to be complex or verbose – a few simple questions will work wonders. Keep in mind that the attendees are very busy, and they have already taken the time to attend the CLE program. Though we as providers may want to know what attendees thought about each specific component about a program, asking fewer questions can actually garner better feedback overall.
- Keep it simple: Attendees are less likely to answer a question they don’t understand. If they do attempt to answer, the responses may not be accurate. For example, asking attendees to rank something on a scale of 1 to 10 without telling them which number is worst or best will cause confusion. An attendee may write 1 (worst) when they mean 10 (best). Use words over numbers. Instead of “Please rate the speaker on a scale of one to 10,” try “How engaging was this speaker?” with answers like, “extremely engaging, very engaging, somewhat engaging, not so engaging, not at all engaging.”
- Do the work for them: Attendees will be more likely to respond when the work is done for them – meaning, don’t ask only open-ended questions. Providing them with a box to check or click instead of requiring them to write a lot will net response better numbers. For example, a question like, “Please rate the quality of the program” with provided answers like, “excellent, good, fair, or poor” will be a quicker and easier response for an attendee than a question like, “Please tell us your thoughts on the quality of this program.” Adding a line for additional comments after each simple question will still provide attendees with space to add more detail if they wish.
- If you want to know something specific, ask: Perhaps you want to know about a specific venue or time of year for an event, or you may want to know if attendees would like to have a shorter program on this topic. Ask! Give them a “yes” or “no” option, and you will likely get a response.
- Anonymity is key: Though there are many attendees who have zero issue with sharing their feelings, some attendees – especially those giving negative feedback – do not want their names to be known to the program planning team or speaker on feedback. Unless required by a jurisdiction to do so, allow attendees the ability to submit their feedback anonymously. The answers obtained will likely be far more honest and a better picture of the attendees’ true opinions.
- Add a personal touch:
- For in-person events, paper is better than email. Get in front of attendees and tell them how important the survey is to improve programming. Provide the survey at the beginning of the event so they have as much time as possible to fill it out. Physically hand them the survey instead of placing it at their table in a stack – stacks are easy to ignore, but a person handing a paper to you is not. Make eye contact and thank them for coming, then ask that they fill out the survey to provide feedback. Let them know that you read every piece of feedback and use it for planning future events. Stand up and mention the survey at the beginning of the program, at the end of the program, and at any breaks in between. After the event is over and attendance has been recorded, send an email with a survey link for those who “forgot” to fill it out at the event. You may get some last-minute responses that way.
- For webcast/online-only events, you are limited to sending email surveys to attendees. Mention the survey as often as possible. Include information about the survey in the introduction to the webcast, or have the speaker remind attendees in their introduction and closing. Attendees may be more likely to respond if the speaker makes a direct request for feedback. After the event is over and attendance has been recorded, send an email with the survey. Another option is to have the survey pop up right after viewing the program. With this method, you can require answers in order to obtain the MCLE certificate.
With these tips, you should be able to increase responses to your surveys.
first time attendee
Posted By ACLEA,
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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ACLEA is pleased to introduce our new online learning platform to help enhance your professional development!
Whether you are in a leadership role, a program planner, a legal publications editor or handle marketing or technology support for your CLE organization, there’s online content to help you navigate the CLE world.
The new Resource Library will include conference videos, session handouts and webinars coming soon.
- ACLEA CLE Boot Camp
- Building effective relationships at work
- Getting the greatest bang for your marketing buck
- Growing your social media presence
- How and why to use Style Guides
- Member Engagement
- Practical tips on handling the most sensitive program topics
- Repurposing old content for new audiences
- Strategies for implementing diversity into your content
- Tech tools to enhance a live or online CLE presentation
And the best part — most of the content is available to ACLEA members free of charge.
Start investing in your professional development today!
- Go to https://aclea.ce21.com
- Sign in as a Member using your ACLEA username and password
- Once signed in, select the Membership tab
- From there you select Enter Group
- Once in the Group expand the Resources and/or Category + on the right sidebar to apply the filters and search for resources that interest you. You can also perform a keyword search by title in the search bar on the top of the screen.
This is a great way for you to catch up on what you missed.
Posted By Administration,
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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You're Invited to a Free Illinois MCLE Virtual Provider Conference
Monday, October 7, 2019
1:00pm eastern/12:00pm central/11:00am mountain/10:00am pacific
Whether you’re new to offering CLE for credit in Illinois or just have questions about the changes recently put into effect, join Karen Litscher Johnson and Gina Roers-Liemandt for a discussion on:
- PCAM: basics and update on the Board’s online application and attendance system;
- Course applications: requirements and deadlines, review process and tips;
- Attendance: recent changes, common questions and best practices; and
- Questions and Answers: your time to hear directly from the Illinois regulator!
Karen Litscher Johnson, Director, MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Gina Roers-Liemandt, JD, Director, MCLE and Professional Development, ABACLE,
American Bar Association
Virtual Provider Conference
Posted By H. Lalla Shishkevish, Associate Director, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education,
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Using Technology in Innovative Ways to Build and Develop Effective Online Learning
How can CLE providers give lawyers new tools for serving clients more effectively and efficiently? Innovative on-line training can help.
ACLEA recognized The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (“ICLE”) for its work in this area with the 2019 Award of Professional Excellence in Technology for Custody, Parenting Time, and Support through Judgment and Postjudgment Custody, Parenting Time, and Support Online Training.
ICLE turned to some important adult learning principles to create its online training:
- Effective adult learning involves absorbing and understanding new information and then applying it appropriately.
- Lawyers should be able to access the right training tools at the time they are thinking about that new client problem or drafting a new document.
- Adult learners should be able to choose where, when, and how they learn.
- Learning and training should be available in short, focused segments because this is what busy lives demand and it aligns better with how brains absorb and retain information.
- The best CLE engages the learner’s experience and expertise in the learning activity, giving lawyers an opportunity to use and build on what they already know when doing training.
- Effective CLE should use relevant stories and examples to teach new skills because more parts of the brain are engaged and learners understand and remember better when they hear a story.
To create such online training, ICLE combined new and existing technological vehicles in novel ways: Custody, Parenting Time, and Support through Judgment and Postjudgment Custody, Parenting Time, and Support Online Training allows family lawyers to master and improve their custody-related skills at their own pace, across all devices, whenever and wherever they want. ICLE combined a variety of technologies deliver carefully planned lessons with an activity tailored for each skill: short video demonstrations, videos with expert commentary, forms, charts, checklists, a decision-making branching scenario, and interactive exercises that allow lawyers to test their proficiency.
A learning management system (LMS) provides structure for the online training, tracks the lawyer’s progress, and allows easy navigation on any device. Choosing an LMS that integrates well with iMIS, ICLE’s customer relations management system, enables lawyers to use a single sign-in to access all of their ICLE resources. It also lets ICLE track each lawyer’s progress. The LMS provides a range of effective options for creating “Apply Your Knowledge” exercises that are a critical component of online skills training. Specialized branching scenario software that is mobile friendly and imports easily to the LMS adds additional interactivity. In the branching scenario, lawyers interact with a client, make decisions, and see the immediate impact on the client. Our existing resource database has tools that allow ICLE to manage, monitor, and update the forms, checklists and other resources we developed for the online training. We wove all of these pieces together with some custom coding developed in-house to provide a seamless user experience.
Some of the features that make this online training effective for adult learning and help lawyers develop new skills include:
- Structured lessons based on learning objectives and customer needs.
- A realistic case scenario with an evolving story line that begins with parents divorcing and moving across state and follows the same parents as they grapple with further typical custody and support issues. Professional actors played the client roles to make the demonstrations more realistic, absorbing and memorable.
- Simulated engagement with the hypothetical clients through a client file that builds realistically as the case develops. The client file has pleadings and memos with facts gathered from the clients to illustrate how an experienced practitioner would handle the case. Video demonstrations show attorneys gathering information, preparing client testimony, examining witnesses, and interacting with judges. A decision-making branching scenario allows lawyers to respond to videos of client questions and reactions.
- Tools that facilitate efficiency. Lawyers can maximize the efficient handling of their own cases by using the charts and checklists created as lesson resources.
- Practical insight into case strategy. Along with fact-specific pleadings drafted by experts, annotated trial briefs and witness outlines with expert commentary explain drafting decisions and providing practice pointers.
- Mock hearing demonstrations. Video demonstrations show lawyers giving opening and closing statements, examining witnesses, admitting evidence, making objections, and interacting with referees and judges. Lawyers tell us that they value seeing lawyers in action and how judges and referees respond.
- Exercises to cement skill-development. Each lesson concludes with exercises that use different fact scenarios that let lawyers compare their analysis or response with that of an expert. After responding to targeted instructions (e.g., “identify two things you would change” or “three issues you would raise with the client”), lawyers immediately compare their responses to written expert feedback that provides both a concise answer and a more detailed explanation. Lawyers using ICLE’s online training tell us this exercise and feedback part of the program is one of the most valuable aspects of their experience.
Award of Professional Excellence in Technology
Posted By Laura Selby Co-Chair, Publications SIG,
Monday, September 16, 2019
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Writing Content that Sticks
Bradley Kolar from Avail Advisors opened the ACLEA Chicago meeting this summer with an engaging presentation on “Creating Learning that Actually Works.” He discussed foundational principles of good learning that creates “learning that sticks.”
He said that “good learning is about equipping people to make decisions” and suggested that:
- training should focus on experiences and decisions as opposed to providing facts—just telling someone what’s new in an area doesn’t help them make decisions;
- learners want to hear about how a subject matter expert thinks not just what the expert knows; and
- good learning should be engaging.
I started to think about these fundamental principles in the publishing context. Are we “creating content that sticks”? Do our CLE publications equip our readers to make decisions? Or do they focus on telling the reader about information and not on what to do with the information? Do our publications present the content in an engaging way?
Here’s my attempt to translate these fundamental good learning principles to the CLE publishing context so that we can enhance the usefulness of our publications to our readers.
- Explain how a new development will change existing practice; don’t just set out the fact of the new development (e.g., don’t give a summary of a new case without explaining why it’s important or how it will change practice in the area).
- Offer guidance to help make decisions (e.g., practice tips, decision trees, pros and cons of choosing procedures or adopting particular strategies).
- Locate important information earlier in the chapter or paper and follow with the background information (i.e., the inverted pyramid).
- Enhance the readability of the content:
- Use headings and subheadings to break up the content and improve the readers’ ability to scan it for interest;
- Write headings/subheadings that are active versus descriptive, where appropriate (e.g., Prepare the Witness for Examination versus Witness Preparation);
- Write short paragraphs and break apart long paragraphs (that 700-word paragraph looks bad in print and much worse online!);
- Use a variety of sentence lengths and structures to keep the reader interested;
- Use the active voice; and
- Write clear and crisp sentences—write to be understood.
What would you add to this list?
Posted By Administration,
Friday, September 13, 2019
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Name: Sigalle Barness
Position: Chief Operating Officer
1. A Recent Professional Victory: In June of 2018, in between two maternity leaves, I was promoted to Lawline’s Chief Operating Officer. I feel extremely blessed to work for an organization that fiercely supported me through my transition to becoming a mother of two while still recognizing the hard work, dedication, and loyalty I have as a professional.
2. Your Latest Challenge: Simplifying everything. I am a planner, a risk analyst, a problem solver, an idea generator, and a doer. This means I can also overthink, overcomplicate, or make things bigger than they sometimes need to be. Reminding myself to “simplify, simplify, simplify” has been my mantra to ensure I continue to strike the right balance between being thoughtful and being productive.
3. In My Pre-CLE Life, I Was: I litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract, and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. I also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, and client conflict waivers.
4. What Brought Me to CLE: What I found most fulfilling about being a practicing attorney were the instances where I connected with, learned from, and mentored my fellow lawyers on how to best serve their clients. I have a very curious personality and I like deep dives into different practice areas, legal concepts, and approaches to practice. When I became aware of CLE as an industry, it became clear that this was a community that fundamentally aligned with who I was and, more importantly, where I could really make a positive impact. When I found Lawline, I felt like I found a place that not only embraced the same values as I did, but also approached education with the same energy and curiosity. Seven years later, I still feel the same way!
5. I Never Leave Home Without: My iPhone. It feels cliche but can most people say anything else? My phone has become the most powerful way for me to juggle being a mom and a professional while still providing an outlet to explore and stay current with my personal interests.
6. My Favorite Software:
- Trello: Trello has been a real turning point for the Lawline team. It increases our productivity and communication while reducing the need for meetings. Our entire company uses it and the level of transparency and alignment that it has produced has been monumental.
- Watch Me Grow (Personal): As a working parent of two babies, it is easy to feel guilty and sad that you can’t be with them all the time. Watch Me Grow allows me to check in on my kids during the day while they are at school. I can see their meal times, nap times, and playtimes. I can see that they are happy and thriving. It doesn’t replace being there, but it does allow me to feel connected to my kids when I’m at work.
- Spotify: Spotify is, hands down, the best platform to explore, create playlists, and share music. For example, I created an Epically Focused playlist that I listen to regularly to help me when I really need to think deeply about a project.
7. On My Wish List: A virtual reality headset. I have always been a fan of virtual and augmented reality (I even developed Lawline CLE courses on it!) and I follow the technology closely as it advances. I’m torn between the Oculus Quest or the Playstation VR but I ultimately can’t justify buying either because life is so busy! And yes, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m a nerd.
8. Must-See Website(s):
- Harvard Business Review - This is by far the best business and leadership content online today. It is relevant, thoughtful, critical, and impactful. I gain value from every article I read.
- Conde Naste Traveler - If you love to travel, this is for you!
- My Blog - Shameless Self Promo!
9. Recent Good Reads:
- Disruption Starts with Unhappy Customers, Not Technology
- The Fast Forward Mindset
- Is Just-In-Time Training for Lawyers a Good Business?
- For Fun:
- The Girl Who Dared to Think
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
10. Favorite Pastime: Every Saturday morning I have a dance party with my kids. We listen to everything from The Drifters to Van Morrison to Miley Cyrus and dance in the family room. I love it because I get to expose them to all different instruments, genres of music, and they learn how to use their arms, feet, and voices in ways they don’t get to normally. It is my favorite part of the week!
11. Date(s) I Never Miss: My team members’ work anniversaries!
12. My Dream Vacation: My dream vacation has to include a healthy mix of adventure, relaxation, indulgence, and wellness. With that in mind, I would take a 3-month trip to Japan, New Zealand, and Fiji. I would eat my weight in sushi, ramen, and Kobe steak, explore Japanese gaming technologies, and immerse myself in the city and countryside. In New Zealand, I would hike glaciers and volcanoes, scuba dive, and then geek out on a Lord of the Rings tour. Lastly, I would end the vacation with rest, relaxation, and yoga on a sandy beach in Fiji. I would bring my husband, kids, and my parents (for babysitting).
13. Words I Live By: “Be decisive yet flexible.” Taking a position is necessary to make progress, whether in life or in business. However, I strive to embrace different perspectives so that I’m always learning better ways to approach things!