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The Mediation Minute

A podcast that explores practical techniques to facilitate successful negotiation and resolution. Hosted by attorney and mediator Rebecca Wisbar.
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Welcome to The Mediation Minute! This podcast explores practical techniques to facilitate successful negotiation and resolution. Hosted by attorney and mediator Rebecca Wisbar.

Keep up with The Mediation Minute and get new episodes delivered to your inbox by signing up for The Mediation Minute email list.

Contact Rebecca by email or call her firm, Akers & Wisbar at (225) 767-1003.

The Mediation Minute podcast is produced by Catherine O'Brien.

Oct 17, 2017

Colby Wenck opened his own legal practice (The Wenck Firm, LLC) in Metairie, LA after working for 15 years at his previous firm. Colby found that his experience as an attorney served him well in this transition as he negotiated many aspects of establishing his law firm. He discusses with host Rebecca Wisbar on this episode of The Mediation Minute, the various negotiations involved in this process.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Aug 9, 2017

"In every person, there's a negotiator."
Greg Bodin, Shareholder with Baker Donelson, joins host Rebecca Wisbar to discuss mediation and negotiation in relation to the LSU Negotiation Clinic and in the practice of law. Greg and Rebecca discuss the real-life experience gained by the students of the Negotiation Clinic. The conversation turns to techniques used for advancing a negotiation, and closes by addressing what makes a great mediator.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jun 13, 2017

Joe Prokop's law practice focuses on elder law issues and estate planning. On this episode of The Mediation Minute, guest Joe and host Rebecca Wisbar discuss handling client emotions during stressful interactions which occur after the passing of a loved one. They discuss the importance of managing expectations as well as getting into a rational frame of mind. Mr. Prokop also explores the difference between listening to clients and hearing clients.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

May 31, 2017

Randy Roussel of Phelps Dunbar, LLP joins the Mediation Minute to discuss the role of negotiation in commercial property development. Randy and Host Rebecca Wisbar discuss the ways in which anticipation and preparation are key to negotiation success. These aspects are crucial since negotiation can involve parties other than buyers and sellers, including parties without an economic interest in the transaction.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Mar 2, 2017

Linda Perez Clark of Kean Miller L.L.P. joins the Mediation Minute to share insights about negotiations. Ms. Clark and host, Rebecca Wisbar discuss maximizing effectiveness at each stage of your negotiation. The show closes with our guest sharing some of her best strategies for successful commercial negotiations.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Feb 23, 2017

A book can be a professional mentor in a compact form. This is the premise of this episode of The Mediation Minute. Ryan Chenevert of Fletcher, Roy, & Chenevert returns to the show to discuss with Rebecca Wisbar three influential books that cover concepts that will benefit anyone involved in mediation or negotiation.

The books featured in this show are:

- SELL OR BE SOLD by Grant Cardone
- NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE by Chris Voss
- GETTING TO YES by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury


Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jan 25, 2017

How do you maximize the benefits of mediating? Rebecca Wisbar, an experienced Louisiana lawyer and certified mediator, gives useful insights sure to make your next mediation experience more effective and efficient. Rebecca visits such practical issues as when to stop negotiations in advance of mediation; the role of preparation; and how some conduct can be misunderstood by parties unfamiliar with the mediation process. The show closes with Rebecca discussing the power of collaboration in the mediation setting.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Nov 30, 2016

Medical malpractice and medical negligence claims are the subject of this episode of The Mediation Minute. Ben Mouton of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton speaks with Rebecca Wisbar on this topic. Ben and Rebecca analyze the issues that are unique to medical malpractice or medical negligence claims. This episode of The Mediation Minute addresses issues such as the medical review panel and the damages cap in Louisiana; as well as the motivating factors for the parties in the mediation of a medical malpractice or medical negligence claim.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Oct 28, 2016

Mediation in a construction case is a departure from tort cases. Teresa Cop joins The Mediation Minute with Rebecca Wisbar to discuss mediation of construction disputes. Teresa details the sheer volume of parties involved in these mediations and explains why a subcontractor might enter into the mediation process. Teresa Cop is a partner at Kaster and Cop, LLC, (225) 658-5450.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Sep 1, 2016

Robert Lancaster of the LSU Law Clinic discusses Family Court Mediation on this edition of The Mediation Minute. Host Rebecca Wisbar and Robert Lancaster discuss how Family Court mediation differs from other types of mediation. In particular, the parties will have some level of relationship with each other as they co-parent in the future. Robert also explores the differences in working with parties who frequently are representing themselves.

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Aug 12, 2016

Marsha Wade speaks on the topic of stress in the legal profession in this episode of The Mediation Minute. Marsha provides valuable information about the fact that attorneys experience the negative impact of stress at a rate higher than that of the general public. The discussion explores the ways in which some skills utilized by attorneys in their practices might not be conducive for positive relationships in other areas of life. Fortunately, the show closes with Marsha providing great information on methods to relieve some of the effects of stress. For more information on JLAP, please visit: http://louisianajlap.com/

Contact Marsha Wade by email: marshawade@me.com

Host Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jul 29, 2016

Gain insight into the LSU Law Center's Civil Mediation Clinic as Adjunct Professor Paul Breaux joins Rebecca Wisbar on this edition of The Mediation Minute. Paul discusses the mediation education process at the Law Clinic and how students gain real-world experience through their work in City Court. The advantages of mediation take center stage as Paul shares some examples of successful resolution through mediation. Additionally, Paul is founder of, and a mediator with, Peacemakers Mediation Service.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jun 28, 2016

Scott Love joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute to compare and contrast arbitration and mediation. Scott shares reasons that the parties might opt to arbitrate, and how that alternative dispute method differs in practice from mediation. The discussion turns to some of the positive attributes of mediation and what that process may offer clients.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jun 16, 2016

Bob Kleinpeter of Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg, LLC joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute to discuss collateral source. Bob goes in depth about this aspect of settlements, and explains the impact of recent Louisiana Supreme Court decisions on collateral source. Bob and Rebecca discuss the courts' decisions in both Bozeman and in Hoffman, and the significance of those decisions for your clients.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Jun 3, 2016

Ryan Chenevert, attorney,  joins The Mediation Minute to share some of his experience gained while attending the LSU Law Clinic and learning about the different mediation methods. Rebecca and Ryan discuss the facilitative style of mediation compared to the evaluative style, exploring the continuum between the approaches to the mediation process. Ryan also shares an effective tactic for containing distracting messages when clients are involved in their mediation.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

May 25, 2016

Valerie Bargas, attorney, speaks with Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute. Valerie and Rebecca discuss methods to communicate to your client the risk inherent in their cases. Additionally, Valerie and Rebecca provide considerations in choosing the best mediator for your particular case, and why "one mediator fits all" might not be the best strategy. Valerie Bargas is a founding partner at Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed & Helm, LLC.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes! Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

May 7, 2016

Personal injury attorney Amber Lorio Day joins The Mediation Minute. With experience both on the defense side, and now on the plaintiff side, Amber shares with host Rebecca Wisbar some of her insights about preparing clients for mediation day. Amber highlights how to help clients face the weaknesses in their case, and how that plays into the overall process. Rebecca and Amber also discuss the types of moral support that your clients might need, and why that can be significant to the mediation experience.

Rebecca Wisbar is a mediator and attorney.The Mediation Minute is now available on iTunes! Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Apr 21, 2016

He's known as Musa the Intervener, and he joins The Mediation Minute to discuss negotiation in the Workers’ Compensation setting. Musa Rahman is an author and attorney, based in Baton Rouge. His book The Practice of Workers' Compensation Third-Party Claims and Interventions is a straightforward guide for both the new attorney as well as the seasoned professional. In this episode of the Mediation Minute, Musa and Rebecca discuss Workers' Compensation interventions, and Musa shares his insight on negotiating from a position of strength. The show closes with Musa offering tips for attorneys heading into a mediation and negotiating a Workers' Compensation lien. You can get Musa's book at Claitors.com. (http://claitors.com/cgi-bin/clt/cltdetails_ct.cgi?Stock_Number=1-59804-746-9)

Rebecca Wisbar is an attorney and mediator in Louisiana. Visit TheMediationMinute.com for more information. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Apr 14, 2016

Vince Fornias returns to delve deeper into issues of preparation on this episode of the Mediation Minute. Vince comments about the importance of communication, and offers some specific techniques to employ when it comes to being an effective communicator in the mediation setting. Offering examples of what to do (and what NOT to do) Vince covers what should be done in advance to ensure the right conditions for a beneficial negotiated settlement. Rebecca Wisbar is an attorney and mediator in Louisiana. Visit TheMediationMinute.com for more information. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

Apr 8, 2016

In this inaugural episode of the Mediation Minute, host Rebecca Wisbar is joined by Vincent Fornias. Vince, who has been a part of well over 3,400 mediations, shares his expertise and experience on what factors into a successful mediation, as well as the behaviors that are least conducive for success. Vince also examines how to balance the negotiation of a mediation with the human element, and how to avoid the process seeming like merely a "number trading" exercise. Rebecca Wisbar is an attorney and mediator in Louisiana. Visit TheMediationMinute.com for more information. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.

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