Recently, one of our clients asked us an interesting question. “Could AMP mediate the Presidential Candidate Debates?”
Although that seems like an excellent idea, Moderators, who manage debates, have very different objectives than Mediators, who facilitate productive conversations.
Both Mediators and Moderators are required to be neutral. They are both required to remain in a role that does not favor one party over the other. It is a common practice for both Mediators and Moderators to make sure that each party is heard individually. In condensed form, a Moderator and Mediator are both required to make the conversation flow more easily and smoothly for all parties, which ultimately allows for a productive conversation/debate.
Although there are many similarities, the objective for Moderators is very different than the objective for Mediators. A Moderator’s main goal is to allow all parties to state their side of an argument, which is similar to Mediators. However, a political moderator does not intend on bringing the parties to an agreement. Mediators’ objectives, on the other hand, are to bring the parties to a mutually acceptable agreement. AMP Mediation has over a 90% success rate with bringing parties to an agreement during the 1st mediation session.
So although there are many similarities between a moderator and a mediator, a mediator’s goal is to help all parties come to a mutual agreement; that is the huge difference!
Do not get stuck working with a moderator! Call or email AMP Mediation today to schedule your mediation session with a patient and understanding mediator who will help you resolve your dispute.