Diana Mercer, Esq. is an Attorney-Mediator and the founder of Peace Talks Mediation Services in Los Angeles, California ( www.peace-talks.com ). A veteran litigator, she now devotes her practice solely to mediation. Outgoing and down-to-earth, she makes clients and attorneys feel at ease in solving family law disputes, divorces, custody, premarital agreements and estate planning conflicts. She is the co-author of Making Divorce Work: 8 Essential Keys to Resolving Conflict and Rebuilding Your Life (Penguin/Perigee 2010) www.makingdivorcework.com/buybook.html and Your Divorce Advisor (Simon & Schuster/Fireside 2001) and writes for the Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-mercer as well as her own blog Making Divorce Work makingdivorceworkblog.com. She is the co-author of Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and a Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce (Fireside 2001). She's an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is admitted to practice law in California, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
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When a Deal is Not Equal
What do you, as the mediator, do when a deal isn’t equal? And not just sort of unequal, but big bucks unequal? And you know your clients aren’t talking to attorneys. What’s your role and what’s your responsibility?
5 Sources of Conflict - Video
The 5 Sources of Conflict. This is an excerpt from a 25-hour basic family mediation training that is offered in the Los Angeles area by Diana Mercer.
Negotiating Your Settlement
Learning how to talk constructively with your spouse will go a long way to creating lasting peace. This article explains how to negotiate in a way that keeps the long-term goal in sight.
The Power of Gatekeepers
This article discusses who are your gatekeepers that hold your cases? and where do they go? What publications do they read? What functions do they attend? What kinds of people come into contact with your target client demographic over and over again? What kind of professional could send you multiple cases each year? This instructional article will be informative for both developing and established mediators.
Sixty Things You Can Do This Week
Below is a list of 60 simple tasks that you can get started on this week. These are designed to be simple tasks that you can do to market your arbitration or mediation practice. It is an excerpt from The Peace Talks Marketing Book.
Part 1: 8 Simple Keys to Building and Growing a Successful Practice
This article is an excerpt from Diane Mercer's book "8 Simple Keys to Building and Growing a Successful Mediation or Arbitration Practice." This book is designed to help you develop a good marketing plan to get your mediation or arbitration practice off the ground.
Set Your Emotional GPS to Goodness
Your emotional GPS will take you in the direction you program into it. When you program your destination for goodness, that’s where you’ll end up.
The 8 Peace Practices
There are eight simple peace practices that will help you stay sane and on track with your recommended divorce mission statement.
The 8 Keys to Resolving Family Conflict
From my experience, there are eight keys to resolving family conflicts. Using these eight keys you can change the dynamics of a conflicted relationship unilaterally and on an ongoing basis.
When Divorcing, Set Your Emotional GPS To Goodness
Your emotional GPS will take you in the direction you program into it. When you program your destination for "goodness," that’s where you’ll end up. If you let yourself (and your spouse) off the hook by letting go of the blame, shame, and other unproductive emotions, you can make your divorce work. You can experience your grief and healing as part of your divorce itself and begin your new life right now.
Your Divorce Mission Statement
Creating a divorce mission statement at the beginning of your divorce will help you keep your actions in line with your values and goals for who you want to be during and after your divorce.
ADR Marketing Strategy: Drilling Down
You’ve got a great marketing plan and lots of terrific ideas yet you’re still not making any money. What’s wrong? Isn’t hard work and great customer service enough? Isn’t networking like crazy sufficient? Why doesn’t the money follow all this hard work?
The 6 Steps to Convening Mediations
The key step in building a mediation practice is bringing in clients. This article is geared toward private mediation firms, but the same convening techniques and goals hold true for non-profits, HR and government agencies.
Premarital Mediation Checklist
More couples are adding "prenuptial agreement or premarital agreement" on their wedding planning checklist. Many people have found that prenuptial agreement mediation can be the friendliest approach to an often uncomfortable topic. This article covers important topics and questions that couples and mediators should think about when entering into premarital agreement mediation.