Category Archives: Conflict Management

An Investment in Your Future as a Mediator

As a mediator, I know “I’m a Mediator, Now What?” may look expensive at first glance, especially for those of you just beginning to launch your practice. To add business perspective to your decision about this training, I want to give you some numbers.

If you charge $120/hr for your mediation services and each case takes a minimum of 4 hours, you’ll be billing for $480 on each case. This means that you will only need 3 cases to get complete return on your investment.

All of these consultants have spent time with me learning about the field and the struggles that we face so that they can provide the greatest benefit possible. My original hope was that the three primary consultants (Cynthia, Jenn, & Georgine) would spend a few hours teaching specific pieces of the training. The reality is that they are all so excited to help with this project that they have agreed to be present for the majority of the courses.

If you wanted to hire all three of the consultants for 20 hours of services, it would cost you about $9,000. Instead, you are gaining access to these consultants for an hourly rate of less than $70.

As with our clients, there is a learning curve for consultants who can help with your practice. These consultants have already spent a great deal of time studying the problems faced by mediators. They will walk in the door ready to give you the information you need.

I was trained as a mediator in 2003 and have been acting as a volunteer mediator and a support person for mediators and mediation organizations since then. I have helped draft marketing and business plans, represented mediators and mediation as a CCMO board member and president, helped to revamp training programs and have served as a coach and mentor in the mediation community. While completing my master’s degree, I have had amazing opportunities to see the similarities and differences between the theory and practice of mediation.

As mediators, I believe we have so much to offer our clients, but mediation isn’t like teaching or law enforcement or nursing. People aren’t familiar with the profession of mediation, and we need to explain it to them. This training will help us get people through our doors so we can prove our value and help people find solutions to the conflicts that are consuming them.

You won’t find a training like this anywhere else. If you are serious about building your mediation practice, make this investment in your practice so we can elevate the mediation profession together.

Learn more about this training and how you can register.


Don’t Let Your Questions about Setting Up Your Mediation Practice Continue to Go Unanswered

As mediators, we have heard and asked each other the same questions over and over — “How do I make a living doing this?” and “How do I market this?”

Over the last seven years, I have met many amazing mediators who struggle to build their practices because they can’t find the answers to these questions. What I have found is that most of these mediators are lacking some specific business tools and skills. Among these are the abilities to manage finances, market their practices, and be comfortable with sales. I believe that if mediators learn a few basic business skills, they can significantly increase their profits.

Just like with our mediation practices, we can’t guarantee a successful outcome but we can provide people with tools and processes to find a successful outcome. “I’m a Mediator, Now What?” will offer you proven tools that, if you use properly, will help you establish yourself as an expert, define your personal and business brand, market your services, and make the sale.

Yes, this is a significant investment but if being your own boss in a mediation business is what you truly want to do, this training has been developed to give you the tools that you need to move forward. Regardless of the focus, it’s not easy to run your own business. Mediators face especially difficult times because our services and their benefits are not understood. People don’t understand mediation and they don’t immediately think of mediation when they’re in conflict. We have to learn how to establish ourselves and our services as necessary and valuable resources.

Mediation techniques reduce violence

If mediation techniques can be used to help people put down guns, then it shouldn’t be difficult for people to understand that it could help in less violent disputes.

Check out this article about how “Violence Interrupters” are cutting down on violent crimes in Chicago. The last paragraph mentions the use of mediation techniques. These women are finding solutions that work for people who would otherwise seek revenge by shooting each other. If mediation can work for that tough Chicago crowd, it can help neighbors fighting over a barking dog or families disputing the custody of children.

The article is missing a link to the CeaseFire website. You can find them here. Be sure to check out the “data/maps” page and read some of their stats.