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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cross cultural negotiation

Modern technology has made it easier than ever before to communicate with people on the other side of the planet. And in addition to the social benefits of being able to engage with other cultures and perspectives, this also means American businesses are increasingly able to enter international markets. Take the Chinese market, for instance.…

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash "Questions in a Negotiation"

Every negotiation is an exercise in excavation. When you initially sit down with the other party, you have a mental picture of their case and organization. But over the course of your interaction with them, you gather as much information as possible to better inform your strategy and ensure the best possible outcome. This means…

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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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creative contention for team member engagement

There’s little worse than stepping into a team meeting that’s dull, uninspired, and unproductive. No one really wants to be there, few – if any – new ideas are being put forward, and the final outcome will most likely be the easiest way forward, regardless of quality. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Well, it’s often…

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five negotiation behaviors

To succeed in any negotiation environment, a negotiator needs to be able to adjust their approach according to the situation. Much like a soldier on the battlefield doesn’t use a single type of weapon for every combat situation, the best negotiators have an arsenal of distinct negotiation behaviors that serve specific purposes depending on the…

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navigating the competitive dimension of negotiation

Most negotiation analogies involve some kind of sport or strategic game, such as boxing, poker, chess, basketball — you name it. This is because most people see negotiation as an inherently competitive activity. It’s one negotiator competing with the other for the better deal and more favorable outcome — simple, right? Actually, no. As we’ve…

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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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framing a negotiation

“Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” – G. K. Chesterton   “If a problem can’t be solved within the frame it was conceived, the solution lies in reframing the problem.” – Brian McGreevy   A skilled negotiator is a visual artist, much like a painter or photographer.…

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