Once the parties agree upon a date, place, and time for the mediation, a Postal Service designee makes all of the arrangements. Parties may choose to meet with their representatives ahead of time in order to organize their thoughts and prepare for the session. On the day of the mediation, the mediator, parties, and representatives meet at the designated location. No one else is present in the mediation without the parties' approval. A Postal Service EEO professional may check in to see if assistance is needed and may attend the mediation to evaluate the mediator's skills. The mediator opens the session and guides the parties as they begin their mediation. From that point forward, the parties proceed and the mediator supports them using transformative mediation skills. The Postal Service encourages representatives to guide and help their clients clearly express their thoughts.