Mediator Transparency

Suzanne Ghais

Program Manager at CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

This rough transcript provides a text alternative to audio. We apologize for occasional errors and unintelligible sections (which are marked with ???).

A: You've got to learn by doing, but you've also got to be careful not to throw yourself into a situation that is so above your head. If it is over your head, make sure you have support and that's hard to judge sometimes.

I found myself a couple of years ago in a situation that was way over my head and I was doing it solo. So take on challenges, but challenges that are not too far above you're head and if it is a little over your head, make sure you have support, whether that support is a mentor, someone you can talk to at every break or someone to co-facilitate or co-mediate with, that's the ideal. Or just people you can kind of debrief with or process through what happened.