I am convinced that, if more people knew about mediation and its benefits, more people would use it as an alternative to litigation or ongoing conflict. My challenge has been overcoming the paradigm that has been in place for hundreds of years: conflict = lawyers = litigation.
Because we live in a world of two minute sound bites and catchy (or annoying) jingles, I have tried, without too much success, to come up with some snappy slogans. See if any of these resonate with you, or suggest a few of your own:
• Mediation – it is not your parents’ conflict resolution. (Kind of hip?)
• Got Conflict? Mediate. (Would that get me sued by the milk industry?)
• Mediation – litigation is so 1980s. (My teen and tween nephews would say I’m trying to hard)
• Mediation. It’s hot. (Okay – that is just embarrassing)
• Courts, lawyers, depositions, sanctions, motions, experts, attorney’s fees, court costs, expert fees, stress, time, acrimony, risk. Mediation is the better alternative. (True, but not very catchy, unless I could place it to music…)
• Peace, love and litigation? Mediate. (Too “Kumbaya”?)
• The red and the blue states agree … mediation is the better alternative. (Good for an election year, perhaps)
• Life is too short to spend years in litigation. (Kind of puts it in perspective – I think Dr. Wayne Dyer or Dr. Phil would like it. They would also like: End your conflict…begin enjoying life again.)
• Don’t propagate hate. Mediate. (Very Jesse Jackson)
• Mediation works. (I like this one, but I would need an asterisk leading to the caveat: “*almost all of the time,” so I don’t get sued in the few cases where it is not successful).
• Be heard. Have a voice in your conflict resolution. (Power to the people!)
• What are you willing to risk to litigate? Try mediation. (Scare tactic)
• Don’t you have better ways to spend your time and money? Choose mediation. (The Jewish Grandmother approach)
Here are just a few more for your consideration:
• Mediation: Resolution Without Litigation
• Mediation: Solve your disputes on your terms.
• Litigation is not the only option.
• Litigation is expensive, draining and risky. Mediation is empowering, efficient and effective. Try mediation
• Mediation is the empowering, efficient and effective way to resolve conflict.
• Why litigate when you can mediate?
• Mediation is the reasonable path to resolution.
• Address your disputes in an efficient and effective manner…mediate.
• Conflict doesn’t have to be nasty.
• Litigation destroys relationships and causes financial hardship.
• Mediation: Be a stand for peace and reasonableness.
• Why give up your power to judges and lawyers? Mediate.
• Mediation is the fastest growing method for conflict resolution for a reason.
• There doesn’t have to be a winner and a loser.
• Mediation: It is cost effective, it is time-efficient and it works.
Let me know, people, what resonates with you – what can I say that would lead you and your loved ones to consider mediation first when faced with a family law, business or other type of dispute?
Alona M. Gottfried is a mediator and attorney in Arizona. If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or email@example.com. This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice. See a legal professional before making legal decisions.
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