A large part of coming to a mediation meeting is to be able to listen.
This is really difficult when you have your story and you want to explain your point of view.
If however you don’t listen to the other person you may not get the best out of your meeting .
Will you know what the other persons position is? You may miss an important opportunity to learn what is important to the other person and make a suggestion they may find acceptable.
1) Are you listening to understand what the other person is saying and where they are coming from.
2) Can you remember what they have said? The mediator will write up important notes or you can note down significant points. Remember this is all confidential.
3) Now it’s your chance to respond.
So, what are the most important points about listening within mediation?