Should We Eat While We Negotiate?

Will sharing a meal with the other side lead to a better deal?

So I’m willing to admit it – I like food. A lot. When we are getting ready to negotiate with someone, there is always the possibility of conducting our negotiations with all of their negotiation styles and negotiating techniques while sharing a meal with them. As tasty as this may seem, it does lead to … Read more

What Should Negotiators Do When The Good Cop / Bad Cop Shows Up?

Negotiators need to know how to identify and defuse this tactic

Ah, the good cop / bad cop tactic. You know, we’ve seen this used in so many different TV shows and movies that you would sorta think that everyone would recognize it when it was being used on them by now. However, that’s where you would be wrong. It turns out that this tactic is … Read more

The Problem With Different Cultures And Negotiations

Negotiating across cultures can be difficult to do

Every time that we start a negotiation, we begin with the best of intentions. It really does not matter who we are negotiating with. The other side can be from down the road or from around the world, we simply want to reach a good deal with them. However, when the other side comes from … Read more

What Should Be On Your Negotiation Checklist?

Negotiators who go into a negotiation well prepared both create and claim value

As negotiators, every time that we enter into a negotiation we hope to be able to use our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to walk away with a deal that we can live with. However, in order for that to happen we have to have taken the time to prepare for the negotiation. All too … Read more

How Negotiators Can Learn To Handle Deal Spoilers

A deal spoiler can happen at any time and negotiators need to be ready to deal with it

So how many times has this happened to you? You are involved in a negotiation. Everything seems to be going pretty well – your negotiation styles and negotiating techniques seem to be working. A deal is starting to form up and both sides are starting to see what they may be able to walk away … Read more

What Can Principal Agent Theory Teach Negotiators?

Is there a gap between you and your agent's incentives?

There are times when something is being negotiated that we choose to not go it alone. Instead, we decide that we need some help. When this happens we may bring in an agent to represent us to the other side . However, this can cause problems. If you do this, you wonder whether you can … Read more

How To Negotiate With People That You Don’t Get Along With

Emotional reactions can prevent us from negotiating well

That negotiating thing is difficult enough without having to deal with all of the different people involved. However, we need to admit that there will be times that no matter how difficult a negotiation is and no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating techniques we are using, it will really be the people that we … Read more

Three Examples Of Negotiating Failures

Negotiators can learn a lot from negotiations that fail

As negotiators, every time that we go into a negotiation, we are optimistic that we are going to use our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to be successful. We believe that we’re going to be able to work with the other side of the table and come up with a deal that both sides can … Read more

Secrets To Becoming A Better Negotiator

5 secrets to becoming a better negotiator

No matter how good of a negotiator you think that you currently are and what negotiation styles and negotiating techniques you use, we all know that we can become better. The struggle that we all have is that too often we don’t know how we can become better. Since we don’t know this, we can … Read more

How To Claim Your Fair Share In Your Next Negotiation

You need to claim your fair share during your next negotiation

Every negotiation that we are involved in has two different components to it. The first is what is called “value creation”. This is, as its name implies, the process by which we attempt to put more issues on the table – we try to make the negotiation become bigger. The other part is called “value … Read more