We Have Options
This week I will have been in Florida for two full years. From Los Angeles to South Carolina, and finally to Florida. South Carolina was a short stint to finish a home rehab project that I inherited. Florida has been an interesting place to live, even during the shutdown of Covid. Can you imagine moving to a new place and then being locked down and putting life on hold.
This past week I was looking at my mediation cases for the past two years. I have only had one business mediation in Florida. The other mediation session have been from California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., Texas, New Mexico, Connecticut, Iowa, Colorado, and a couple of other states. But only one in the state that I live in, which also included Brazil as the other party.
Which means, I could live anywhere and still do what I love to do. I could live on a boat and do the great loop. I could live in the Cayman Islands tax free. Live on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest. In other words, if I have a good internet connection I am in business and I am able to conduct a virtual mediation anywhere in the world? How about the coast of France? Just thinking out loud.
However, I do miss being in the office and working with people face to face. On the other hand I have options. Before covid the option was only to be in the office, now my profession is open and moveable. I believe that virtual mediation has made the mediation process better, more organized by all parties. Zoom meetings are great when trying to mediate, even in business. I love the process of a zoom mediation session. We have the technology to be anywhere in the world and still do our work.
Maybe the great loop is an option? Just thinking out loud. Everyone have a great day and know you have options. - Michael Lodge, NCPM, Certified Mediator
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.