Advice for Participants
Mediators are trained and skilled to help participants to become more at ease within the mediation process, in what can often be a highly stressful conflict situation. It is important that all participants can engage confidently and fully within the process to reach a solution. But what tips would mediators give participants when preparing for a mediation session ? The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Audit 2018, asked over 300 mediators what piece of advice they would give to participants if they were able. The most common responses were as follows :-
- Prepare for the day, not only by thinking about your needs and expectations but also doing the same thing about the other participants
- Read “ Getting Past Go”
- Check the parking and arrive early
- Being in the right does not bring anyone closer to a mutually beneficial position
- Reflect on the offer you are making to the other party, if this was put to you how would you feel ? Is the offer realistic?
- Come to the mediation with a realistic range of acceptable outcomes based on needs rather than just regurgitating a position that has already been stated in correspondence
- I want to tell very senior lawyers to try to take their own emotion out of the process, it isn’t about them, it’s about their client!
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