Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means…
The job of a mediator is one of a third-party moderator between two disputing parties. It can be a noble experience full of new challenges as you seek to re-frame conflict and foster peace.
Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists participants in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques.
All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process, as mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily on the needs, rights, and interests of the parties.
However, while the focus is on them, it’s the job of the mediator to make it happen.
It is up to the mediator to put themselves in the position of power to direct, encourage, and complete a successful mediation. And providing you the tools to achieve those goals and possess those tools is the goal of the mediation training guide Putting the ME In Mediation.
You have to put your whole self into performing a successful mediation. It requires developing yourself just as much as it has to do with getting your clients to do what you want them to do.