Tip 9: Never Give Up

Perseverance is a central trait of the best mediators – it should be for the best advisers too.

Remarkable things happen if you keep plugging away – most people want a resolution and just need help to get there. Part of that help is to appreciate that the darkest moment is often followed by the light of a new dawn.

Self discipline and sustained energy are needed at tough times. Even after the mediation day, following up may be critical. Recently, a mediation settled two years after the initial meetings – just because we did not give up. Usually, a further meeting or telephone conference call is all that is needed.

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