There is an ancient Greek fable told by Aesop in which Tyche, the goddess of fortune, becomes weary with mortals who criticized her for their bad luck. In frustration, she calls out to a workman who had fallen asleep at the edge of a well, fearing that he would fall in and her reputation would suffer further. After shouting at him to wake up, she remarked, “People blame me for everything that happens to them, including the unfortunate events and tumbles for which a person really only has himself to blame.”

Likewise, most losses in Arbitration Forums (AF) cannot be ascribed to some inexplicable whim of fate. Rather, missed opportunities and other participant errors are the principle reasons for unfavorable decisions. Proper preparation, solid and sufficient evidence, and quality contentions are the keys to increasing your odds of success and outshining the competition.

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