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Branding your Mediation Practice

Friday, February 16, 2018

Just like any other profession, being trained as a mediator doesn't lead directly to having mediation cases.  Finding mediation clients, getting experience, and building a knowledge base requires both new and experienced mediators to do things that aren't taught in the mediation training.  To be an active mediator and build a practice, mediators must also learn how to run their business and how to market themselves.  The simplest and first thing you can do is start telling people that you are a trained mediator.  

If you want people to think of you as a mediator, then you have to make that a core part of your identity and branding.  Put mediator on your business card, add it to the title of your business, and include it in your e-mail signature.  If you're a member of a mediation related organization, advertise that...

Listen In

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Listen In

by Les Wallerstein

Mediators rarely accompany their clients to court during their divorce hearings. Most clients don’t share their court experience with their mediators. Even when clients do report what happened in court, their recollections are always subjective, and often imprecise. Now there is an alternative. 

Audio recordings and transcripts of virtually all Massachusetts court proceedings are now available to the public online, including contested and uncontested matters. Everyone: parties, lawyers, and non-lawyer mediators, may register and listen to verbatim court proceedings through a program called “For the Record” (the website with information through the Massachusetts Courts is...

Recommended Books for Family Mediators

Friday, December 8, 2017

A recent e-mail thread between mediators on the MCFM Board discussed the importance of sharing our favorite mediation-related books with our fellow family mediators. To that end, we are inviting you to comment on this post with a recommendation of your favorite book related to mediation or conflict resolution.  John Fiske  graciously agreed to start us off with a poem and three recommendations:

I hope these blurbs are good for your blog
And help us begin a real dialogue   
To find the right book by hook or by crook
To strengthen your neutral and wise outlook.

  
1. A Guide to Divorce Mediation, Gary Friedman, Workman Publishing (1993). The book opens with a...

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