Exciting opportunities and staying in touch

Dear Toolkit trained mediators,

This month it is exactly 1 year ago that the first Greek spoken mediator trainings with Greek trainers started in Piraeus. Today we are very proud that over 300 professionals have been trained through the Toolkit program at PMC. I would like to thank and congratulate the trainers, Dimitra, as well as Maria, Danae and Christos for the excellent work that they have been doing. And also express my gratitude for the collaboration with PMC-KEDIP and the Piraeus Bar Association and the Piraeus Chambers. Moreover I would like to congratulate all of you for absolving the program! For those of you who are taking the written exams of the Ministry today: we wish you successful results and will be thinking of you.

I’m writing to you to inform you about a couple of things:

• Those of you who have passed the assessment: please note that you went through an IMI (International Mediation Institute) Qualified Assessment Program (more). Meaning that once you have gained practical experience as a mediator, you can become an IMI certified mediator after a short oral assessment where you discuss the mediation cases that you did with an assessor. Before this you can join YMI, the Young mediators initiative. More info click here.

• Many of you have asked how to stay in contact with me. A good way is to connect on LinkedIn. Make sure that you write in your request to connect that you have been trained in a Toolkit Program and I will surely connect with you.

• We also received a lot of requests for follow-up trainings. There will be several exciting opportunities for you in May and June. To you as Toolkit Company alumni’s we can offer a 10% alumni discount and/or an early registration discount on selected courses.

1. The STRAUS INSTITUTE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION of Pepperdine University School of Law offers the unique opportunity to enroll in the sophisticated six-day program ‘Mediating the litigated case’ in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from June 11-14 and 16 & 17. 
Since 2006 Pepperdine has been ranked #1 in Dispute Resolution education by U.S. News & World Report. Participants will receive the Pepperdine Strauss Institute certificate of attendance. For more info click here.

Through Toolkits collaboration with Schonewille & Schonewille Legal Mediation, Toolkit Alumni are entitled to receive a special 10% price off if they register before April 30.

Read here how to receive this special discount which is not broadly advertised.

You can register here.


A unique two-day training program on how the latest insights on neuroscience can be applied to dramatically improve your negotiation effectiveness.
Faculty: Richard Birke and Huub Liefhebber. May 30 and 31 in Athens.

During this interactive program you will learn among others:
• How can neuroscience help us to better understand the conduct of our opponents and also our own?
• How to apply neuropsychology to deal making and difficult negotiations?
• How can you evoke a positive reaction by the other party just by using special words?
This advanced program will be offered in collaboration with Professor Richard Birke from Willamette University and Nomiki Bibliothiki. The course will offer groundbreaking new insights in how to negotiate most effectively.

Course fee is € 395,-. Toolkit Company Alumni receive a 10% discount. Also an early registration fee of 10% applies. So if you register before 9th May you can save up to 20% in total!

For more info and registration click here.

3. GENERATING OUTCOMES USING ADR ADVOCACY. A special Master Class on ADR Advocacy: How to mediate, arbitrate and guide your clients using combined ADR procedures.
A very special highly interactive master class with among others Jeremy Lack (well-known as the skilled mediation advocate representing Mico in Toolkit Company’s ‘Special chemistry’ video on mediation advocacy) will be organised in Athens. Probably in May or June 2014. You can express your interest to be personally informed when more details are known by clicking here.

I look very much forward to personally greet you during one of our courses or to connect with you otherwise!

Best wishes,

Manon A. Schonewille

JAMS International panelist, Legal Mediator, IMI Certified Mediator, Mediation Advocate, trainer, negotiation consultant, Lecturer at Utrecht University, President of ACB Foundation and immediate past Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Author of among others Toolkit Generating Outcomes. Partner in Toolkit Company and Schonewille & Schonewille

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