Success as a Mediator For Dummies

Success as a mediator means knowing not only how to mediate disputes but also how to build a thriving mediation business. In Success As a Mediator For Dummies, you learn both.

Approximately two-thirds of the book focuses on the art of mediation, while the remaining third tackles the business end of mediation. In Success As a Mediator For Dummies, you discover how to

  • Manage the mediation process from start to finish
  • Maintain confidentiality and neutrality
  • Mediate litigated and non-litigated disputes
  • Choose an effective mediation style — facilitative, transformative, or evaluative
  • Mediate in joint session and separate caucus
  • Understand and use conflict dynamics to resolve disputes
  • Attract clients and referral business

Acquire Essential Mediation Skills

Success As a Mediator For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of mediation. Whether you’re just getting started, are a seasoned attorney wanting to make the leap to mediation, or have been mediating for several years, you’ll find valuable guidance and insights.

If you’re a rank beginner, you learn how to choose a niche market that’s right for you and obtain the basic education and training to get started. The book also brings you up to speed on the mediation process — from the time a client contacts you or the courts assign you a case until the successful resolution of the dispute.

Mediation beginners and veterans discover how to make the most of essential mediation skills, including

  • Anchoring
  • Framing
  • Interest-based negotiation
  • Distributive bargaining
  • Logrolling
  • Bracketing
  • Problem-solving
  • Appealing to higher values

Break Impasse

Discover why impasse is a good thing and learn techniques for breaking through impasse, including how to

  • Construct a decision tree
  • Perform a cost-benefit analysis
  • Reframe issues to shift the parties’ perspectives
  • Bracket the parties’ way to compromise
  • Use a contingency agreement to call a bluff or overcome last-minute reservations
  • Uncovering hidden interests, absent stakeholders, and secret constraints

Close and Memorialize the Parties’ Agreement

Discover the right way to close a mediation and get the participants to put their agreement in writing:

  • Avoid the urge to split the baby
  • Discourage nibbling
  • Get the agreement in writing
  • Make sure the deal is durable

Build and Grow Your Mediation Practice

As a mediator, you’re a small-business owner, so you need to know the basics of starting a business and marketing your services effectively. In Success As a Mediator For Dummies, you discover how to

  • Draft a business plan and budget
  • Set rates and fees
  • Join a panel to share fees and reduce overhead
  • Market yourself and your business online and off
  • Network effectively to grow your business through referrals

And more…

Master Mediator Victoria Pynchon leads you through the mediation process from start to finish, sharing her expertise and insights from her 25 years plus in commercial litigation and mediation practice. In addition to offering expert guidance, Pynchon shares

  • Ten practices of the super mediator
  • Ten major mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Ten tips for busting impasse
  • Basic legal concepts and terminology you’ll need to get started
  • Guidance on how to get your foot in the door
  • Opportunities for mediators in the public and private sectors
  • Real world examples of mediation strategies and techniques in action

Where to Buy

Barnes & Noble

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