Most of us have heard the old English expression, "Don't buy a pig in a poke." It's likely that more of us don't know what a 'poke' is, and thus we're a little fuzzy on the meaning of the saying.
A 'poke' (from the French word 'poque') is a bag or a sack. Perhaps an unscrupulous merchant substituted another creature in the bag. So we're being warned not to accept on faith that the pig we purchased is really the animal in the poke. Or more generally, don't accept an offer without examining it first.
The caution applies to mediation, too. Most people don't know what the process is or entails, and they usually don't know the mediator, either. To alleviate any concerns you might have, I offer an optional complimentary 30-minute consultation where I can explain what mediation is, what happens during the session, what you can expect to walk away with at the end, and answer any questions you may have about the process.
To be sure, this is not about your specific situation. It is a general introduction to a process you are probably unfamiliar with. But I am happy to answer any questions you may have about what to expect.
A consultation also gives you both an opportunity to see if you think you can work with me, and vice versa. Some people's chemistries just don't click, and it would be foolish to spend money on a mediation when a participant or mediator is not comfortable with the other party.
I encourage you to take advantage of this complimentary consultation.
(By the way, the French create diminutive versions of words by adding -ette or -et, so a small bag would have been called a poquette, or in English, a pocket.)