Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Mediator

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Adapted from “Beyond Blame: Choosing a Mediator” by Stephen B. Goldberg for the January 2006 issue of the Negotiation newsletter.

When choosing a mediator, keep in mind that you need not accept the proposals that he makes. In other words, you have total power to prevent mediation from leading to an undesirable outcome.

As a result, the only risk of mediation is that you will expend time and money without reaching agreement.

According to experts, mediation success comes from a focus on three key areas:

1. Rapport

2. Creativity

3. Patience


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