No matter what kind of legal issue you are attempting to manage in mediation, there is one primary key critical for success: communication. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of mediation is that it offers flexibility over litigation, but in order to take advantage of that flexibility, you need to be prepared to cooperate and communicate with the other party.
In mediation, the neutral third party will help to layout the ground rules for the process and prepare you for what you expect. This is a critical time to set boundaries, and the mediator can help set rules. A sample rule that can be extremely helpful in mediation is only allowing one person to speak aloud at a time. This ensures that all statements are heard and that each individual is given necessary respect to share concerns.
From the point of setting ground rules, the mediator will help to understand and reconstruct the conflict. Typically, a mediator will frame the issues in a neutral manner to help promote communication between you and the other party. Uncovering critical factors of the dispute will be essential for keeping the ball moving forward towards resolution.
When you are focused on communication as opposed to arguing with the other party, it will be easier to move on from the past and into the future. Come prepared with the expectation that you will need to cooperate with the other party to the dispute in order to have a successful Houston mediation. In advance, think about opportunities where you may be willing to compromise in order to achieve an outcome efficiently. Although it can be challenging to accept the compromise is necessary, frequently the agreements generated in mediation are more mutually agreeable for all parties.