Pride in Your View/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on October 29, 2016


Recently, a political consultant, Anita Dunn, was asked if Donald Trump appeared confident about the upcoming election. (This interview took place before the new FBI announcement.) Ms. Dunn speculated that he was not very confident because he often walked away from pointed questions posed to him by various journalists. Ms. Dunn said that people who are happy (or optimistic) do not walk away from interviews or challenging questions. They face them head-on.

Do you feel confident that your point of view in a particular dispute has merit? Then do not walk away from a discussion that challenges your viewpoint. Look at the discussion, or mediation, as a challenge to get a receptive listener to hear your point of view. People who are confident of their position, do not need to walk away or avoid discussions. Anyone can litigate a dispute. Mediating your dispute bespeaks a point of view that you believe to be fair and worthy of consideration. Mediate don’t litigate.