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About kshobbs

Karin has mediated over 3,600 disputes in her 14 years as a full on professional mediator.

How to Engage the Brain

How do you engage the brain to improve your work, your life, your teaching and your daily negotiations? First, our brains do not like boring things. After about 10 minutes, we check out. More importantly, emotional arousal helps the brain … Continue reading

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The “Secret Sauce” of Grief Counseling and Mediation: A Different Eye

I recently attended a session entitled “What Mediators Can Learn from the Brain Science of Grief Counseling” at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in Seattle. I was interested that the lecturer, Professor John Medina, a molecular biologist fed up with current … Continue reading

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From Casinos to Universities: Teaching Negotiation and Mediation

So, I am honored to have been invited to teach at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in May 2012, and in January 2013.  How did this happen? I’ve been teaching mediation advocacy and negotiation for years, mostly to … Continue reading

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Recalling Traumatic Events: Cathartic or Destructive?

Should we really have clients recount traumatic events in detail in mediation?  Or is that actually a disservice to clients?   Are we reinforcing fear, and sidetracking settlement?  Or are we helping clients move past the trauma? According to recent … Continue reading

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Mediation and Negotiation by Skype?

Should you mediate by Skype?  Perhaps.  There are benefits and warnings. When a recent case was scheduled and one client would not be present in person, an attorney called me to discuss the client’s participation by telephone.  After a short … Continue reading

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The Pull of Hate in Lawsuits

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” Every year at this time, we are reminded of the great work of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  So often I encounter people who seem to “hate” each other. In a … Continue reading

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Negotiating By Email

Should you negotiate by email?  Scientific American says no, citing a recent study involving 48 MBA students from three universities.  In the study, students were given $89 to divide with another person.  64% of the time, the students lied when … Continue reading

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