West Legalworks would like me to do webinars for them. I’m open to the idea.
I could do a series based on MSCD—maybe eight one-hour webinars. They’d be done live and then would be available on demand. Would doing MSCD webinars cause me to lose seminar business? I don’t think so. If you come to my seminars or invite me to give an in-house seminar, the odds are it’s because you want the immediacy and responsiveness that a seminar affords. The seminar audience would likely remain a constant, just as people continue to go to concerts to hear music they could purchase in recorded form.
But my seminar audience represents a tiny fraction of the potential audience. The webinars may be of interest to companies and law firms whose resources, or whose interest, doesn’t extend to having their personnel taking a day off work and perhaps incurring hotel and travel expenses in addition to the seminar fee.
I could also do a series on the structure of M&A contracts. I give seminars on that subject, based on a manuscript I’ve worked on sporadically over the years. Doing a webinar series might provide a sensible way to turn the manuscript into a short book.
Finally, I could do a series on boilerplate. I’ve long thought that the best way to help drafters out with boilerplate would be to make available to them a document-assembly library of boilerplate provisions, using DealBuilder. But that’s not happening any time soon, and I wouldn’t want the best to be the enemy of the good.
What do you think?