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Why Do You Need To Get Mad?

Last week I was watching this interchange between a Buddhist Teacher and a student in her class; I was struck with the question she kept asking the student.  “Why do you need to get mad” and regardless of the answer from the student the question remained the same “Why do you need to get mad”.…

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Thoughts on Mediation with Same Sex Couples

This is an article previously published in ACResolution Magazine, Winter 2009 ACRnet.org “Mediation with Same Sex Couples – It’s Not Straight Forward”  By Kathy Elton A couple of years ago, my partner and I spent the weekend with a male friend who happens to be a mediator. His wife was unable to join us, so…

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Making the Case for Using a Court Qualified Mediator

Are you looking for mediator or has your attorney set up a mediation with a mediator?  Should you care if this mediator is Qualified by the Court? I believe there are many reasons you should consider hiring a mediator who has been qualified by the court to provide mediation services, here are a few: You…

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Keep Your Mouth Shut and Mind Open

I recently watched a TED talk by Celeste Headlee, who is the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program “On Second Thought”, and she was talking about 10 ways to have a better conversation. To watch her TED Talk click here. I really liked this talk and I am going to share with you the…

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Switchtracking

I was listening to a podcast called the “Hidden Brain” with Shankar Vedantam this week and he talked with Author Seila Heen, who along with Douglas Stone, recently wrote a book called Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Sheila Heen shared information and an example of switchtracking in communication.…

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Honestly! Step Up

Honestly!  Can YOU Handle the Truth? When I work with a group training them on how to have important and difficult conversations with one another I always talk to them about being honest on communication. I ask, “what are the reasons we do not communicate Honestly” and I receive these reasons: -I don’t want to…

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