March 21, 2012

The Perfect Start to a Mediator's Day

Stand aside Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Scooters, and in-a-pinch Kwik Trip java pharma. My morning cafetière à piston will now be brewing a whole bean espresso roast appealing to my more contemplative side.

In addition to clarifying questions, anger-calming tips, and impasse-averting techniques, the modern mediator can now also add has a preparatory cup 'o joe to her toolkit. A local dispute resolution program is now offering Mediator Blend Coffee as the perfect start to an unswayable day. Offering delicate notes of milk chocolate, caramel, hazenut, and citrus fruit pervade, this is a decidedly creativity-inspiring rather than palate-neutral blend.

Just think of the possible uses:

  • Need to drive home a point to new mediator trainees? Implement a Pavlovian mix of lesson-feedback-java reward to ensure the concepts stick.
  • Particularly cantankerous clients arriving within the hour? Take a double shot and get amped to soothe!
  • At a loss for what to do in the heat of a spiraling mediation? Serve up a round of Mediator Blend to the parties and watch the room relax and resolve itself away!

How else could you use the new Mediator Blend in your program or practice? Share your scenarios in the comments below!

In community,
Executive Director, NAFCM

PS. Also pairs nicely with a morning read of The State of Community Mediation!

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