It's the means by which we solve problems, resolve conflicts, and effectively express ideas and knowledge.
How often is it, however, that we listen, but don’t hear what is being said? People talk past or over one another, miss opportunities to get their point across, don’t hear opposing viewpoints and miss identifying common ground.
Talking Alternatives is a mediation firm that helps people resolve their conflicts through facilitated conversation. We offer alternatives to miscommunication, lack of communication, poor communication and the inability to communicate effectively and responsively. We work with clients to resolve contentious issues as a non-judgemental, non-directive third party who can guide discussion and enable voices to be heard, solutions to be found, and good decisions to be reached.
We use words to make sense out of chaos.
Using conflict resolution techniques we provide the following services to organizations, small businesses, families and individuals.
- Staff and board training to improve communication skills and handle staff/group dynamics
- Coaching for those in stressful situations
- Meeting facilitation to keep the conversation productive and possible tension under control.
We specialize in Elder and Adult Family mediation, helping seniors and their adult children reach agreement on transitional decisions such as alternative living arrangements, caregiving plans for parents, and inheritance and estate issues.