The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast from Susan Guthrie, Esq.

Anatomy of a Mediator’s Opening Statement for Online Mediations on The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. #121

August 25, 2020

In this episode, Online Mediation Expert, Susan Guthrie, helps you to craft an updated opening statement to assist you in getting your online mediations off on the right foot by including information that is critical for a successful virtual process.

Whether you are a relatively new mediator or have years of experience, you likely have your opening statement down pat and don't change it much from mediation to mediation.  We craft and hone our opening statement to set the right tone for our mediation sessions and generally run through the same checklist of information that we want to provide to our participants to get thing started out properly.  However, have you considered that you might need to tweak that opening statement if you are now mediating online?!  You absolutely do and in this episode, Susan shares her insights into the information that is critical to successfully launch your virtual mediations.  By listening to this episode, you will know how to best prepare your participants for a successful experience online so be sure to listen before you give your next opening statement!


About Our Host: Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. Susan provides online divorce mediation and legal coaching services to select clients around the world.

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee. Susan also is one of the leading experts in online mediation in the country and trains other professionals in the practical and ethical considerations of conducting their mediations online through her business Learn to Mediate Online (


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Susan has been featured in and on media outlets such as CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, Eye on Chicago, WGN, the ABA’s Just Resolutions Magazine, Thrive Global, The Nook Online among others. She is licensed to practice law in the States of California and Connecticut as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Susan's other Podcasts: After a year and half of co-creating and co-hosting the award winning podcast, Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast which reached over 3 million listeners, Susan recently launched her fresh and inspiring new podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. which debuted on iTunes “Top Podcasts” List for self-help podcasts. Divorce & Beyond is focused on pulling back the curtain on the mysteries of the divorce process and bringing tips and resources to help people to thrive and shine in their new future beyond divorce.


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