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The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict, 4th Edition by Christopher Moore

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11Presenting Parties' Initial Perspectives and Developing an Agenda

once the beginning stage of mediation facilitated by the mediator has been completed, he or she will ask the parties to make their opening statements. These presentations provide general information to all negotiators and the mediator on some, but not necessarily all, of the following topics:

  • The parties' views on their past, current, and potential future relationships, interactions, and dynamics
  • The background on and development of the dispute
  • Issues they want to discuss
  • Their needs, interests, and concerns
  • Options for or positions on desirable outcomes

Opening Statements by Parties

Opening statements are often the first time that parties interact in any depth with each other ...

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