How to Set up a Remote Meditation Space in Your Home
In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people want to choose the option of virtual mediation to resolve their disputes. A resourceful and capable remote Massachusetts mediation attorney can offer these services as effectively as in-person mediation. Here are some of the guidelines that should help you set up a convenient space for remote mediation at home.
Separate the Mediation Space from Your Living Area
As far as possible, you should set up a dedicated space for the virtual mediation proceedings. It could be a separate room or at least a relatively secluded area of your home where wi-fi connectivity is not a concern. This will allow children and other members of your household to carry on their routine activities freely, while you can engage in your mediation process without getting distracted.
Optimize the Space for Efficient Communication
Before the scheduled date of the online meeting with your remote Massachusetts mediation attorney and the other parties to the dispute, you should consider the following issues:
Power and Broadband Access: The space where you set up your laptop or another device for your remote mediation should have power outlets and interruption-free Internet connectivity.
Noise: Before setting up your space for online mediation, check whether the place is close to a high traffic area, or is too noisy for any reason. If this is the case, you may try to make the space soundproof, or at least used noise-canceling headphones.
Light: Choose a space that receives adequate natural light from a window. If that is not possible, make sure the room has sufficient lighting to enable other people to view you clearly on their screens. You may also keep a desk lamp if you are going to read or use any documents during virtual mediation.
Seating: Preferably, you should use a chair with an adjustable height so that you can match it with the height of your laptop camera and screen. Sit erect and place the screen approximately at eye height in order to present an active and healthy posture. If necessary, you can use some books or other objects to raise the height of the monitor on your desk.
Right Tools for Communication
Here are some tools that will facilitate clear and smooth communication during the virtual mediation process:
Conference Software: Your remote Massachusetts mediation attorney may recommend you to install a software program such as Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Meetings. This will facilitate an effective virtual conference. It is best to have a test run in advance to ensure that the program works well with your computer system.
Webcam: If you are going to use a laptop, the webcam will most likely be embedded in your monitor already. But if you are using a desktop or an old device, you may have to purchase a webcam separately and install it in the right position for providing a clear view to others. If necessary, you may also use your smartphone or another mobile device for your remote mediation.
Microphone: While your laptop may already have an inbuilt microphone, it is better to set up a separate microphone. This will avoid picking up unnecessary sounds, such as background noise, notifications, and typing of the keys on your keyboard. If you wish to only use the inbuilt microphone, you should first change the settings of notifications to silent mode.
Work with a Remote Massachusetts Mediation Attorney
Speak to one of the mediators at Shapiro Mediation Services today to learn more about the virtual mediation process. Call 617.765.1040 to schedule a free consultation with us at our Massachusetts or South Florida office, or send us an online message.