Tips and Advice For A Successful Mediation

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   Viktor E. Frankl

Expect a Competitive Negotiation.

Be prepared.

Present the facts with lucidity and honesty.

Be patient.

Learn to compromise.

Ask for mediation.

Make a run for it.

Don’t Drop Anchors. 

Skip the Phone Debates.

Know when to mediate.

Speak to opposing counsel.

Stay objective.

Support your facts.

Express interest in settling.

Do not be overconfident.

Have a valid valuation of the case.

Make a great mediation summary.

Deliver a solid opening statement.

Guard Against Overconfidence.

Make a True Case Valuation.

Choose an open mind.

Bring a notepad and writing instrument.

Speak to the mediator directly.

Just the facts please.

Attend detailed pre-mediation meetings with the mediator.

Get a clear understanding of the process.

Consider your best outcome from the mediation in advance.

Consider your bottom line in advance of the mediation.

Think about creative possible solutions.

Carefully prepare your statement to be made in the mediation.

Be calm and patient and trust the mediator.

 “Mediation is conflict’s way of looking at itself.”~ Jeff Cohen

The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. Franz Kafka

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