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Making Mediation Your Day Job: How to Market Your ADR Business Using Mediation Principles You Already Know Paperback – November 12, 2009


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Dr. Tammy Lenski mediates, consults, and educates throughout the United States. In addition to private practice, Dr. Lenski served for almost a decade on the core faculty of Woodbury College’s master’s program in mediation and applied conflict studies. Visit her blog on mediation marketing and business management at MediatorTech.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781935278887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935278887
  • ASIN: 1935278886
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the book, you can tell Lenski is a teacher, and a good one.
mary greenwood
This book does what no other career or marketing guide I've ever read even seeks to accomplish.
Amazon Customer
The author appears to know very little about marketing, albeit marketing an ADR Practice.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mary greenwood on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Author of How to Mediate Like a Pro: 42 Rules for Mediating Disputes

The subtitle says it all. How To Market Your ADR Business Using Mediation Principles You Already Know. Lenski points out in Chapter Seven, Building Dialogue With Your Market, that the same tools we use as mediators can help us with marketing.

Tammy Lenski left her job ten years ago as a Dean at Middlebury College to pursue a full-time career in mediation. After building a successful practice, she is sharing her quest and experience. However, this is not your ordinary book on marketing. Marketing is not about getting your name on panels and lists. It is a soul-searching interactive process with questions that need to be analyzed to determine each mediator's niche and to expand his or her thinking.

For example, Lenski expanded her business by narrowing her market. In the beginning she focused her business on higher education where she had her contacts. However, some markets came to her like artists and design professionals. And she found other markets, such as the environmental "green" market, where there was a need she could meet. Mediators can also be facilitators, ombudsman, advisors, educators, strategists, negotiators and coaches (see chapter six.)

Lenski has an award-winning blog. [...], and in her book, she explains blogs, websites, podcasts, video blogs, discussion forums, and social networking sites. She practices what she preaches and her website is very aesthetically pleasing. I particularly like her logo of an origami peace crane. She started her blog as a resource for her mediation students, but it has expanded as a resource for all mediators. Throughout the book, you can tell Lenski is a teacher, and a good one. She offers good advice and encouragement to all mediators.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Diane Levin on February 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Shakespeare once wrote, "This above all: to thine own self be true." These words, written 400 years ago, resonate today. They do so especially for the many professional mediators who cringe at the very thought of marketing -- with its associations with shameless self-promotion, glad-handing, and cold-calling. For many mediators, marketing just feels wrong.

Now, at long last, there's a guidebook that achieves something no other mediation marketing resource has done. It helps mediators do the impossible: become more effective marketers and remain true to themselves and their work. Dr. Tammy Lenski, a mediator and mediation marketing coach who has run her own successful practice since 1997, has created Making Mediation Your Day Job, the definitive resource for mediators who want a realistic, practical blueprint for marketing their practice.

The clue to Dr. Lenski's formula for success is in the second half of the title of the book: How to Market Your ADR Business Using Mediation Principles You Already Know. She asks readers, "Would you enjoy marketing more if your primary aim isn't selling and self-promotion? I'm betting most of you would say yes." Like the skilled practitioner she is, she reframes, inviting readers to see marketing anew, "as dialogue or as a learning conversation", something mediators already know how to do, and do well.

Using humor, anecdotes, and real-life examples drawn from her clients, her students, and her own experience, Dr. Lenski encourages her readers to step outside their comfort zone and draw upon the professional skills they already have to build opportunities. She also offers sensible productivity tips, business planning advice, and useful exercises that help mediators master marketing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished consuming Making Mediation Your Day Job: How to Market Your ADR Business Using Mediation Principles You Already Know.

When I say "consuming," I'm talking about the way we exhaust our appetites over a Thanksgiving dinner plate -- eager, greedy and far too quickly -- before pausing to wonder where the turkey, potatoes, gravy, green beans and yams could possibly have gone.

Teacher, trainer, and mediator, Tammy Lenski is less than candid when she says this book is about marketing our ADR Business. This book is about locating and achieving our dreams. But Dr. Lenski doesn't stop there. She goes on to provide practial advice about making our living by living our dreams.

Why such effusive praise for a short book on marketing a mediation practice? Because it's not a "how to" but a "why" and a "what," with workshop questions to help us fill in the gaping holes of our lives.

This book does what no other career or marketing guide I've ever read even seeks to accomplish. It inspires and guides. It suggests reaching for the stars with our feet firmly planted on the ground. It asks us to look inside our very own hearts; to assess our strengths and weaknesses; and, to measure the width and depth and breadth of our desires. Then it gives us the action plan we've all been waiting for. The one that helps us make ME, INC. our day job.

It would be unfair -- selfish even -- to recommend this book only to mediators. Why would we withhold this practical wisdom from the aspiring lawyers, chefs and novelists in the world? Why would we deny the entrepreneurs and financial wizards; the actors and the politicians of the benefits of Dr. Lenski's ground-breaking work? It wouldn't be nice; it wouldn't be fair; it wouldn't be right.

And in this I do not exaggerate even a little.
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