Use our Concession Guidelines to negotiate like a tortoise - slow and reluctant

Every negotiation is going to involve one or more concessions. However, there’s more to conceding than simply giving the other party what they want. It’s not just what you concede, it’s also the way in which you concede that can make or break your negotiation. What you need is a set of concession guidelines. In…

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Positioning the Sales Process

The most important aspect of negotiation is often not about the product or service, but about the sales process itself. This is why you must develop a new skill: Positioning the Sales Process.  How to Position the Sales Process Effectively How you position your sales process is your opportunity to set the tone, direction, and…

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negotiation principles cartoon

If you’re wondering, “How do I improve my negotiation skills?”; this article will introduce the six principles of negotiation and outline the negotiation skills experts use to maximize the value of agreements. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to pinpoint what separates an expert negotiator from an average one outside of the obvious…

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internal negotiations

Sometimes internal negotiations can feel like herding cats.  Tom from procurement wants a lower price. Tim from IT needs a longer timeline. Bob the project manager wants strict adherence to the schedule. Greg from HR wants full and complete compliance. Derek from finance needs the SOW. Henry from operations wants clear procedures. And you, the…

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negotiation concession patterns

Concessions are an inevitable part of every negotiation. However, moving a negotiation to a satisfactory close is almost always going to require a series of concessions.  Ultimately, your ability to make concessions will determine if all of your hard work during the negotiation will get you the result you need. However, knowing when to concede…

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negotiation tactics magic tricks

Humans have been fascinated with magic for a long time, and the psychology of it is pretty interesting. On one hand, we love magic tricks because they’re a drastic departure from what we thought was going to happen, but on the other hand, we don’t like being fooled. Or better yet, we don’t want to…

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Demand statements are powerful strings of dialogue that can either cut like a well-maintained samurai sword or a dull razor depending on your execution. In order to take your negotiations to the next level, you’ll need to find out how to personally keep your demand statements sharp and effective, rather than brute and sloppy. The…

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negotiation tension

You’ve likely heard that pressure makes diamonds, and in much the same way, tension makes creative solutions.  The best negotiators are able to masterfully utilize various skills in their toolbox to lead negotiations and get more of what they want. RED BEAR’s 3-D Negotiation Model postulates that there are three different negotiation dimensions that lead…

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businessman managing information for negotiation

Do you often feel that even after you’ve said everything there is to say in a negotiation, the other party still doesn’t truly see the value in your proposal? You may be saying too much and doing a poor job at Managing Information. Expert negotiators know that in a conversation, very few things should be…

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