This snappy aphorism reminds us to seize the day – throw the curtains wide on a dark winter morning (or a sunny summer one), embark on a difficult conversation, rise to a new challenge or set out on a new adventure. It also provides a handy mnemonic for participants in civil and commercial mediations. To get the best out of the process, it pay to be:
Constructive – no unnecessary point-scoring
Attentive – fully engaged with minimal outside distractions
Receptive – actively listening, open-minded
Persuasive – calmly getting points across, simply and concisely
Energetic – maintaining momentum, always moving forward
Discerning – recognising strengths and weaknesses, focussing on key issues
Imaginative – prepared to think laterally and find creative solutions
Efficient – making good use of time, prepared to make the first move
Match-winning – remembering that a negotiated settlement really can be a win-win!
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This article is for general guidance only, it must not be relied on as legal or other professional advice. Anyone engaged in a civil dispute should obtain their own legal and other advice specific to their circumstances and the applicable law at the relevant time.
© Duncan Crine Mediation Limited 15.11.2022