By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy
Once you have been acquainted with the basics of mediation, you can help to facilitate a settlement by applying some simple principles to the negotiation process.
Although the mediator’s job is to guide the discussion and help formulate unique resolutions based on each person’s needs, as a party to the mediation, you can empower yourself to ensure the process itself is successful.
The first step you should take is to prepare yourself thoroughly for the meeting. Write down all the key issues you wish to discuss, determine what your goals are and take some time to consider what issues aren’t as important to you. Secure any documentation that will aid your arguments and prepare to take an active role in the negotiation process.
Because the purpose of mediation isn’t about winning or losing the dispute, avoid pouring your energies into proving you are right. Be courteous and respectful – the other party will be less inclined to compromise if he or she has been insulted. Keep your emotions in check and focus on the issues – not the person. Attempt to view the issues from the other’s perspective; this will aid you in envisioning a fair resolution for both sides.
Contacting a West Chester Mediator
With a panel of experienced mediators, the law firm of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees has proven skill for dispute resolution. Its attorney-mediators will ensure the mediation process is productive, creative and tailored to each unique situation. For more information on mediation basics, or for a consultation, call 1-610-692-1371 or 610-933-8069.