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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.

“I’m a Mediator, Now What?”

You have taken mediation courses, you believe strongly in your potential to help people work through their conflicts to find resolutions, and now you want to break into the mediation industry with your own practice. But how do you do it?

Right now people are in need of your skills but they don’t know how to find you. This class will help you find them. Learn how to:

  • Attract clients to your practice through strategic branding and marketing.
  • Navigate the details of setting up a practice.
  • Explain your valuable work to clients quickly, succinctly and convincingly.
  • Organize your finances responsibly.
  • Build upon the networks you have already established.
  • Use tools such as social media and the internet to market your practice.
  • Work productively and achieve results with consultants in finance, law, marketing and public relations.

This workshop will bring the marketing and public relations experts and financial and legal professionals to you. These consultants have spent time learning the frustrations mediators face and have developed solid strategies for overcoming these challenges. To learn more about the workshop’s featured consultants, read their bios.

This is not a mediator training. This is a business training focused on helping you build your mediation practice. Through three classes, you will gain the tools you need to market your practice and learn what you need to do to attract paying clients. You also will learn what you need to know before hiring consultants in marketing, finance, public relations, web site design and graphic arts.

Saturday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All classes will be at the Wellshire Inn, 3333 South Colorado Boulevard in Denver.

Early Bird Rate through Friday, May 28 — $1,299 ($1,349 with credit card)

Regular Rate after May 28– $1,449 ($1,499 with credit card)

Make checks payable to Brian Beck. Mail your check and registration form to:

The Solutions Group
P.O. Box 19041
Golden, CO 80402

If you would like to pay by credit card, please indicate that on the registration form and we will send you an invoice with directions for paying securely online.

Questions? Contact Brian Beck at (720) 220-8683 or beck.brian.s@gmail.com.

Mediation named one of best careers 2009

Check out this article … It points out the challenges of mediation as well as the benefits.

US News and World Report named mediation one of the best careers for 2009, commenting about its potential even in an economic downturn (www.usnews.com/articles/business/best-careers/2008/12/11/best-careers-2009-mediator.html)

Welcome to The Solutions Group Blog!

Today, we are launching The Solutions Group Blog — a resource for people looking for information and services related to conflict resolution and mediation. We hope this will become a gathering place where professionals in conflict resolution can share ideas and grow awareness for this exciting industry.

If you have ideas for posts or discussions, just let us know. We look forward to helping you find the solutions you need!