There are many ways that a person can begin their own mediation practice. While one may argue that you’ll grow professionally as an effective mediator simply by dedicating yourself full time to the practice, a wiser and longer lasting approach might be to augment those efforts with a secondary, even secondary, specialization in mediation practice. In order to be successful in this area of personal and professional growth, one must choose a field of specialization to which they can add value. One should also be sure to have the time, energy, and resources required to carry out the responsibilities associated with their new specialization.
The initial steps to becoming involved in the mediation field are relatively simple. First, as any attorney can tell you, the initial steps to becoming involved with mediation are usually the easiest. It’s meeting and talking with others who are also pursuing a practice in mediation, and having those initial conversations that can lead to even more conversations. As you meet and network with others in your field of specialization, you’ll likely come across individuals whose work and families appeal to your own interests. As you establish your own name and reputation, you’ll likely find it helpful to talk about your own work and family experiences with these people. If nothing else, you’ll likely discover a common ground on which you can build strong professional relationships. Continue reading