Preparing for your mediation meeting can help you participate more efficiently – your mediator can help you with this.
- Make a list of questions and issues
- Arrive early, center and calm yourself, slow your mind and breath
- Be open and honest
- Think of possible ways/alternatives of solving the problem(s)
- Be willing to listen, compromise and be respectful
- Think about your emotions and how you might control them
- Put aside personality conflicts
- Keep the focus on the child / young person
You are more likely to reach an agreement if you can give some careful thought in advance about what you want to get out of the meeting. Some people find it helpful to write down some notes, using these questions as a guide:
- What would you consider to be the key points that contributed the current situation and the impact it has had on you?
- What do you hope to accomplish from the meeting?
- What are your options to help improve the situation and what can you or others do encourage this to happen?
Mediators are there to help everyone
Mediators help everyone:
Have their say.
Listen to each other.
Find an agreed way to move forward.
“Listening is probably the most effective element of conflict resolution“Sandra Mitchell, Mediation Manager
Our team are here to listen and talk