There’s no easy way for you to intuitively know who is a good mediator and who isn’t, so it’s important to have a process when you’re in need of standard mediation services. In that same vein, there’s no easy way to master mediation on your own.
In order to help you with this process, here is a compiled list of tips and tricks to help you get started on your research and select the best experienced mediator you can find.
What will mediation do for you?
The type of mediator you need ultimately depends on the case you’re involved in. Are you going through divorce mediation? International disputes? No matter the issue, it’s important to decide what you’ll ultimately gain from the mediation process. In addition, you need to consider what the time frame and budget for your mediation needs to be. These are pieces of information you need to have locked down well before you choose a mediator to help you.
Compile a List of Mediators
The more names you have to choose from, the better. This will give you a good idea of what the mediation services community looks like, in addition to where they practice and what kind of experience they have. Of course, the only way to truly see what kind of experience a mediator has is to speak with references, but that’s a later step.
Written Materials Are Important
When selecting a mediator it’s incredibly important to compile as much information as possible. Call up the top few mediators on your list and have each of them send you promotional materials to look at. The top things you should be looking for are mediation training, past experience in or out of court, and any written work they’ve compiled and had published over their careers.
Once you’ve looked at all of these things, you should have a better idea of what constitutes excellent standard mediation services. All of their written materials, as well as their references, combined with your personal desires for the mediation, should add up to a great selection process.
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