You wouldn’t show up for a job interview naked (well, let’s say that you wouldn’t show up naked for MOST job interviews). You wouldn’t sit down to gamble in Las Vegas unless you knew the rules of the game. You wouldn’t start to run a marathon while wearing snow boots. So why would you ever … Read more The Seven Deadly Sins Of Preparing To Negotiate
It’s sorta old news at this point in time, but Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo fell through. What’s interesting about this from an Accidental Negotiator point-of-view is that it offers a number of important lessons for us mere mortals who only occasionally get to practice negotiating. First we need to set the stage. According to … Read more Microsoft / Yahoo — When Negotiations Go Bad
So let’s spend some time talking about something that we can all relate to: buying a car. It’s all good and fine to talk about negotiating concepts, but buying a car is when the (pardon the pun) rubber really hits the road. Nobody that I know ever looks forward to the whole process of buying … Read more How To Buy A Car
It really doesn’t matter if you are negotiating to buy a car, buy a house, buy a new email system for your company, or just where you and your significant other will go out to dinner on Friday night. In every negotiating situation, you need to realize that there are different roles to be played … Read more Got To Keep ‘Em Separated — Roles In Negotiating
All too often when we are negotiating both in real life and in business, demands and deadlines show up. Since most of us have never been trained on how to deal with these issues, we tend to do the easiest thing: panic. May I suggest a different approach: ignore them. Unless you are actively involved … Read more Demands & Deadlines: Your Two Best Friends
One of the big challenges to doing a good job of negotiating is that often you don’t feel in control of the situation — you believe that the other side has all of the power. This of course is not true, because if it was then they would not be preparing to negotiate with you. … Read more It’s All About Power
This might fall into the “duh” category; however, you would not believe how many times even the most experienced negotiators forget that before you negotiate, you must be mentally and physically in the right place. This is just a fancy way of saying that you have to be very comfortable to negotiate. Physical and mental … Read more Let’s Get Physical
What’s interesting about a word like “negotiation” is that everyone *thinks* that they know what it means. However, once you start asking them for details we all start to wave our hands and seem to be at a loss for words. The kiss of death phrase “you know…” shows up and suddenly we realize that … Read more What Is Negotiation?
Thanks for dropping by! This blog has one simple purpose: to provide the basic info that most of us need in order to make our lives better. Sorry, there won’t be any info on stock picking, weight loss, or where to buy the lowest cost gasoline. Instead we’re going to be talking about something just … Read more Welcome & What’s This Blog All About?