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Building Your Mediation Practice

I’ll never forget the first conflict management event I attended. I walked into the venue, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, found my name tag, and not knowing where to turn, walked over

How You Can Make A Difference

I’ve volunteered to be a social advocate for Community Justice Initiatives as they are currently facing a funding crisis for their Stride program.  They are facing a $25,000 funding gap

Doing More of What You Love

Warning! This post is [potentially] selling you something…but if you’re looking to grow your conflict management business, I know you’re going to love it!  Since I’ve started my own Conflict

Everyone’s talking about it, but what does it mean? Listening.

It seems every conference or speak I go to these days people are talking about Listening.  In our relationships – we need to listen, in Social Media – we need

Recognizing Shame in Mediation

Have you ever read a book that really makes you think? Right now I’m reading the book, “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to

Using Experience to Break an Impasse

Ever wonder why there are different views of what happened in every experience? I get to see this almost daily.  I sit down with people who have very opposing stories

A Biased Mediator

If you’ve heard about mediators you have probably been told that they do not have biases.  According to a bias is; “to cause partiality or favortism in (a person);

Ignite Waterloo – What the @$#@% is Mediation?

In February I had the opportunity to speak at Ignite Waterloo.  Wow…was I nervous!  I had 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds.  I’m not going to lie, I didn’t

Do you want to be a driver or a passenger?

I drive everyday.  I love it.  I drive to work, friends house’s, long trips, you name it, I drive there.  So whenever I become a passenger in a vehicle, I

Are we hard-wired for litigation?

I am currently reading “A is for Asshole: The ABC’s of Conflict Resolution” (Review coming soon) by Victoria Pynchon and one of the chapters is called “J is for Judge.”