Gini Nelson\’s Engaging Conflicts

August 10, 2006

20 Concepts and Recommendations for Utilizing the Internet: Another 5 Concepts (#2)

Filed under: Business,Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My! — Gini @ 6:41 am

Jim Melamed’s innovative and entrepreneurial work at and through Mediate.com supports conflict specialists working to establish and maintain their niches, increasingly necessary for business success. His articles include 20 Concepts & Recommendations for Utilizing the Internet, Integrating The Internet Into Your Mediation Practice, and Mediating on the Internet: Today and Tomorrow (two parts).

Here’s part two of 20 Concepts & Recommendations for Utilizing the Internet; the remaining two parts will follow throughout the week:

This article reviews 20 concepts and recommendations to assist you to most capably utilize the Internet in support of your Mediation practice.

First, 10 General Concepts to keep in mind.

Concept #6
Your Web Site Will Help You Close Deals. Web sites are increasingly how mediators are considered and compared. People will often be looking at your web site as they talk to you on the phone.

Concept #7
Dynamic Web Sites are Forgiving! You do not need to “get it perfect” before going public with a Dynamic Web Site. You can easily change your information on an ongoing basis. Fresh is good! Performance anxiety on the web is a thing of the past.

Concept #8
Clients Like the Internet. Using the Internet is convenient, affordable, empowering and has participants often at their edited “best.” In any event, there is a clear record of dialogue and this promotes responsiveness and accountability. It is an additional, valuable communication channel.

Concept #9
Providing Value on the Web is Rewarded. You will drive traffic to your web site with valuable content and this supports your occasional email newsletter to remind referral sources of your quality professional work.

Concept #10
You can Manage Your Internet Practice From Anywhere , including Hawaii.

For more information on the Internet in Mediation, see www.mediate.com/ODR

The next issue of the Engaging Conflicts Today newsletter features an interview with Jim that continues the discussion started with these posts. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking on the “sign up” link in the upper right corner at the top of the blog site.

Biography: Jim Melamed, J.D., founded The Oregon Mediation Center, Inc. in Eugene, OR in 1983 and has been offering mediation services ever since. He is an adjunct Professor of Mediation at Pepperdine Law School, mediates organizational and legal matters in Oregon, Washington and California, and has assisted in the resolution of over 2,000 disputes. He also is the co-founder and CEO of Mediate.com (1996 to present), the most visited conflict resolution web site in the world; former Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (1987-93, now merged into ACR); former Chair of the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission; founding President and first Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association; and in 2003, he received the 2003 Oregon Mediation Association Award of Excellence.

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