Different people come from various backgrounds. We are therefore bound to have disagreements at one time or another. Sometimes, we fail to agree, and only a third party can help us reach an agreement. Being in disagreement results to turbulent situations. Such a third party is a mediator and the conflict resolution; mediation. What you need to do to ensure a successful mediation is as mentioned below
You must pay attention to the kind of person you want to assist in resolving your dispute. The kind of mediator you select will go a long way in determining the kind of negotiation you will have. You need to have the same objective as the mediator otherwise the outcome will not please any of the disputing parties. The character a mediator possesses lays the foundation for the results of the mediation. A mediator who is a director wants the mediation to have instant results. An influencer wants to be socially recognized. Influencer mediators make the likelihood of getting amicable terms higher. There are also steady mediators who are patient and seek to cover all bases that may be the cause of the disagreement. Finally, some compliant mediators prefer to follow standards set.
Also, a fruitful mediation requires that the mediator is well-prepared. A mediator should as well prepare his client that the process can go either way. A mediator should be proactive and ask the client for what he is prepared to accept at the very minimum. The mediator should not accept what the client is not willing to accept. He should not walk away without putting on the best fight for the client. Even though the interests of the client may seem far off from the negotiation, the mediator should wait. The negotiation can turn around and favor the client but only if the mediator is patient for such a moment.
The settling of the mediation should give the client an upper hand, Being alert is crucial for a successful negotiation, therefore, if the client and mediator are distracted, the results will not be pleasant. Both of you should take time to know the place by arriving a few hours before the mediation starts. The mediator should set everything needed for the mediation. Some equipment will help in the process, and if you have them, you should prepare them before the process begins.
The information your client holds is essential in facilitating a win It would be better if you only gave out the details that will help your case. A mediator should seek for any loopholes and weaknesses that can bring down the case, then ensure they remain covered for the client’s sake. Moreover, in the first meeting, disclose the main points and keep other bits of information for later on in the process. Slow revelation of information puts your client at an advantage and the element of surprise can help your client’s position.