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Success as a Mediator For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-07862-4
360 pages
April 2012
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Everything you need to enter the exciting field of legal mediation

To be an effective mediator, it's essential to possess the ability to take control of animated situations, offer advice, and facilitate discussion—all the while remaining neutral without formulating biased judgment. Success as a Mediator For Dummies helps you acquire these attributes and much more.

Aspiring mediators will learn the importance of upholding an honorable reputation, the skills, personality traits, and characteristics of a good mediator, and how to effectively market a successful mediation career. Plus, you'll get practical advice about finding work in the field, realistic salary information, and tips on as tips on identifying whether you have the skills and tools to become a good mediator.

  • The steps necessary to become a mediator (education, training, licensing, states-specific requirements, etc.)
  • How your education and professional background can enhance your mediation work
  • Sample rules and standards of conduct
  • All the steps necessary to build and market a successful private practice in mediation, or flourish as a mediator in a law firm, corporation, school, or non-profit organization

Whether you have a background in law or an interest in legal careers, Success as a Mediator For Dummies gives you everything you need to enter the exciting field of legal mediation.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Acquiring the Keys to Mediation Success 7

Chapter 1: Achieving Success as a Mediator 9

Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Niche 21

Chapter 3: Training for Your Chosen Market and Niche 35

Part II: Becoming a Master Mediator 61

Chapter 4: Navigating the Mediation Process 63

Chapter 5: Mediating with and without Lawyers 83

Chapter 6: Exploring Different Mediation Styles 97

Chapter 7: Honing Essential Mediation Skills 115

Chapter 8: Employing Conflict Dynamics to Resolve Any Dispute 135

Part III: Improving Your Success Rate 157

Chapter 9: Establishing and Maintaining Control 159

Chapter 10: Transitioning from Adversarial Negotiation to Collaborative Mediation 173

Chapter 11: Capitalizing on Your People Skills 187

Chapter 12: Problem-Solving Like a Pro 201

Chapter 13: Breaking through Impasse 219

Chapter 14: Closing and Memorializing the Parties' Agreement 245

Part IV: Launching Your Own Mediation Practice 255

Chapter 15: Building Your Business from the Ground Up 257

Chapter 16: Marketing Yourself and Your Business Online and Off 273

Chapter 17: Growing Your Business through Client Retention and Community 289

Part V: The Part of Tens 303

Chapter 18: Ten Practices of the Super Mediator 305

Chapter 19: Ten Major Mediating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 311

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Busting Impasse 317

Index 323

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Victoria Pynchon is a mediator, author, speaker, negotiation trainer, consultant, and attorney with 25 years of experience in commercial litigation practice. Joe Kraynak is a professional writer who has contributed to numerous For Dummies books.

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April 03, 2012
Success as a Mediator For Dummies®

Many individuals and businesses try to avoid litigation, which can involve lengthy delays, high costs, unwanted publicity, and ill will. Arbitration and other alternatives to litigation such as mediation are usually faster, less expensive, and more conclusive, spurring demand for the services of mediators.

Effective mediators must possess unique skills that allow them to take control of animated situations, offer advice, and facilitate discussion, all the while remaining neutral without formulating biased judgment.  Success as a Mediator For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-1-1180-9522-5, May 2012) provides a timely resource for all practicing and aspiring mediators who want to reach the pinnacle of success in their practice.

The book teaches aspiring mediators the importance of upholding an honorable reputation; the skills, personality traits, and characteristics of a good mediator; and how to effectively market a successful mediation career.

Discover how to:

  • Take the steps necessary to become a mediator (education, training, licensing, states-specific requirements, etc.)
  • Employ the strategies and techniques of master mediators to effectively manage the mediation process from start to finish, with the goal of satisfying both parties' interests
  • Set up a successful private practice, set rates and fees, and market services effectively
  • Flourish as a mediator in a law firm, corporation, school, or non-profit organization

Whether you have a background in law or an interest in legal careers, Success as a Mediator For Dummies gives you everything you need to enter the exciting field of legal mediation.

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