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September 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Great Meeting last night!

Thanks to our terrific speakers who covered a wide range of topics in our first meeting after the summer hiatus.

As usual, the wine was excellent, just like the speakers, and we had plenty to snack on. There was also food for thought. As always, I picked up a number of tips, and also was pleased that what I heard reaffirmed the way I've been doing things. And that is one of the big value adds when LA Mediators gets broad participation.

If you've ever wondered by some… Continue

Added by Bob Tessier on September 24, 2009 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Another Day, Another Marvin

Today, I conducted a very contentious six hour mediation. The rubric of the case was legal malpractice. The underlying case involved a suit by the live-in girlfriend of a deceased celebrity, under Marvin, for quasi-contractual recovery of as much as $2 million dollars. The malpractice itself was, as I saw it, clear. The damages, though, as is the usual case, were very slippery. The case was either going to be a home run for the Plaintiff, with a recovery of as much as half the proceeds from a… Continue

Added by Alec Wisner on September 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Mediation Marketing Minute Vol. 12

Since the group seems to be in a contemplative and introspective mood, and since I do agree that often times a mediator finds the participants in an internal wrestling match, let's focus on how a mediator can be "of service" during this struggle. While the notion that being of service had many spirals and curves, there is no doubt that you will encounter participants caught in a spider's web of his/her own making. I call it being "locked up." It often occurs when the person goes into the rabbit… Continue

Added by Bob Tessier on September 14, 2009 at 9:06pm — 2 Comments

Mediation Happens When You Least Expect It

Because many of you reading this newsletter are professionals in the ADR field, professionals who utilize ADR and/or people who have a personal interest in mediation, it becomes habitual to think of mediation as a process by which a trained professional sits down with two disputing parties, typically in the framework of litigation, a divorce, or some sort of legal-based conflict, and tries to move the two sides to resolution without recourse to the lengthy, expensive and, often, anguishing… Continue

Added by Alec Wisner on September 10, 2009 at 5:57pm — 2 Comments

Mediation Marketing Minute Vol. 11

Since Charles has noted that there is no good way to teach the "be authentic" element of the three magic rules of being a successful mediator, it's time to tackle that subject. Authenticity needs no formal definition really. We all know it when we experience it. It is ironic that in a negotiation setting where everyone is either puffing, concealing, or stretching the truth, it is the mediator's path to be authentic at all times.

First, and counterintuitively, being authentic has in… Continue

Added by Bob Tessier on September 8, 2009 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Mediation Marketing Minute Vol. 10

Because in the last marketing minute, I posted that the best marketing you can do is to have the skills to get your clients good results, perhaps it's time to spend a few marketing minutes exploring how a mediator goes about it. As there are exist many, many mediators, each with his or her own temperment, personality and style, let's start with a broad brush stroke that Charles Parselle and I used to discuss in the mediation course we taught together.

As with anything important,… Continue

Added by Bob Tessier on September 2, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

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