Friday, June 27, 2008

"Winning at Mediation"

June 27th 2008 by Jim W Hildreth Real Estate Mediation Services

One of the pleasures in my mediation practice is meeting other mediators, sharing ideas and often learning from their experience and wisdom.

Today I recieved from Nancy E Hudgins a San Francisco mediator-attorney who shared a compiltation of essays on mediation preparation.

The pamphlet started with an idea from her blog on a series of post on preparing for mediation.

From developing a pre-mediation checklist, listening skills, matching the mediator, creating value, strategies to developing a plan.

I enjoyed the chapter that "Mediation is Not"

A armed conflict, hand -to-hand combat nor is it Moot Court.

Nancy explains that mediation is a different skill. One that is more collegial, cooperative, and collaborative.

Nancy believes that to always be positive and to stay positive.

I have learned that when I tell parties in a "Dispute" that by the end of the mediation we will settle this conflict today, it sets out a positive outcome.

Nancy invites the reader to "Construct your own plan" for successful negotiation or mediation.

Nancy E Hudgins website is

Jim W Hildreth-Mediator
Real Estate Mediation Services