The following are some steps which may be useful in preparing for mediation:
- Practice explaining your situation to a good listener or trusted advisor.
- Gather papers or information that may be helpful.
- Make a personal checklist of the most important facts, questions, and ideas for solutions.
- Think about what you want to be accomplished, and about alternate plans or proposals.
- Ask, don’t demand. Be prepared with another request if the answer is no.
- Consider what the other party might be thinking and what they might want.
- Tell the NYSAMP staff about other people who might be useful at your mediation: an attorney or other advisor, a support person, other creditors, or someone who might be affected by the outcome.
- Give yourself time to think and consider before making final decisions.
- Relax and remember that mediation is like a conversation, not a formal hearing or court appearance.