Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) seeks to resolve conflict by cultivating cooperation and understanding. It seeks to find a solution that allows both parties to win. Above all, it seeks to protect the relationship while solving the problem.  It is also the tool used by mediators to resolve conflicts. You will learn how to use Principled Negotiation, developed at Harvard, and learn how to mediate disputes. You will develop the practical skills and techniques you need to resolve disputes effectively with confidence.

You will participate in dynamic exercises and case studies, with two-way and coached feedback. The concepts and approaches you will learn have proven successful in the real world, and can be applied immediately to your situation.

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Session Details


  • Determine what causes conflict
  • Manage relationships, trust and communication
  • Identify your negotiation tendencies
  • Avoid negotiation pitfalls
  • Determine which negotiation style is best for you
  • Avoid making dangerous assumptions
  • Use the 7 Elements of Principled Negotiation
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Be creative to get better results
  • Determine what you should disclose in negotiation
  • Decide when you should you say yes to a deal and when you should you walk away
  • Prepare for a negotiation in an efficient structured way
  • Deal with strong emotions
  • Be more persuasive
  • Get people to listen to you
  • Handle a complex meeting with multiple parties
  • Observe a live mediation demonstration
  • Find people’s underlying interests
  • Understand and facilitate the 7 stages of mediation
  • Mediate to resolve disputes between other parties
  • Resolve workplace conflict
  • Prevent mediations from getting out of control

The workshop includes 6 negotiation case studies, 3 mediation case studies, 1 video and a mediation demonstration.

Experienced coaches observe mediation case studies and give feedback.  You will receive immediate and objective feedback, and insight into crucial mediation skills.

Participants will be given a copy of the book Mediating Commercial Disputes, a business book bestseller, written by Allan Stitt.

Discount Policy

  • Group Discount: If your organisation registers 5 or more participants for this Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop, we will provide a 15% discount for each of those registrations. In addition, your organisation will also receive 15% off on any additional registrations received for this workshop.
  • Early Bird Discount:  register for the ADR Workshop 4 weeks in advance or earlier and receive a 5% discount.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the numerous techniques that one can employ when negotiating. In addition, the teaching was done in a relaxing atmosphere with innovative methods utilized. The instructors were innovative.

– Dawn Lewis, Chief Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Nassau, The Bahamas

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