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Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them

Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them
Whether you are interacting online, by mail, or in person the words you choose are important.  Equally important is the way you use them.  Snap judgements will be made about you based on spelling, grammar, and context.  Now, I know that many of you are thinking “oh great here comes the spelling police…”  So I’m going to try to sway your judgement with a few examples I’ve seen lately, I’ll try to anonymize them enough to protect the ignor-innocent. The first example is the picture you see above.  I’ll go ahead and tell you (if you haven’t figured it out) ...

Landman Websites I Check Often

Landman Websites I Check Often
I thought I would do a quick post this week just detailing some of the places on the internet that I frequently visit.  I also felt that it would be a nice thing to give credit to these sources, as they often give me inspiration for the blogs I post here.  So without further ado, here is my list of places that I go: www.landpro.com/landnews.asp Paul Nielsen runs LandNews, and has done so for quite some time.  If you haven’t ever met Paul, he’s a great guy and does the industry a wonderful service by running LandNews.  He posts available ...

Continuous Drilling, Operations, and Development – What’s the Difference?

Continuous Drilling, Operations, and Development - What's the Difference?
There are so many lease provisions that can be thrown into an agreement that often times the meanings can become skewed.  More often than not, they can even mean different things to different people.  It’s important to communicate with the other party to determine the intent, and ensure that the language conveys the intent of both parties.  So, as the start of my series exploring various lease provisions I’m going to discuss continuous drilling, continuous operations, and continuous development. The truth is that all three of these clauses are savings clauses, and are therefore very similar in application.   Generally speaking, ...

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?
You often hear landmen talking about the AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), but it’s not as often that you hear about the IRWA (International Right of Way Association).  In fact, it’s fairly common to meet right of way agents who aren’t familiar with the IRWA.  I think it is a good organization, and that more than a few of you might benefit from including them in your professional networking portfolio. You might think, from the name, that it is comprised of only right of way agents, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.  The IRWA has members from ...

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker
One of the complaints I commonly hear is that newer landmen aren’t getting the diverse training that is necessary for them to be successful over the long term.  The concept of ‘specializing’ is turning into having a landman with 5 years of experience who has only bought leases or only run title from disk.  Regardless of my personal thoughts on using the number of years of experience, I think that it is the landman’s job to make himself a professional with a good background of work experience.  What I see happening is that landmen get a chance with a broker, ...

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)
I had the opportunity over the last several weeks to review a new publication by John R. Childers and Joe W. Judd.  It’s called the Landman Lease and Title Manual and is being sold on Amazon.com.  The book description on Amazon is very straightforward: The Landman Lease and Title Manual is designed to impart upon the new and lightly experienced landman the essential skills and knowledge necessary to work in the oil and gas industry. The manual is not designed as a substitute for the traditional mentor-type learning characteristic of the oil and gas industry, nor is the manual a ...

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry
A demon that has always been lurking in the corner in our business is how we decide how much someone is worth.  Think about the last time you recommended someone to your supervisor.  The first question they asked was probably “How many years of experience does he/she have?”.  Occasionally you’ll get the “send me their resume” or the preferred “are they good?”, you might even get a “Do you want the person on your team?” line from particularly bright supervisors. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using “years of experience” as an indicator of skill is ...


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