Four Ways To Use Concessions In Your Next Negotiation

As negotiators we understand that in order to get what we want out of a principled negotiation no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating techniques we are using we are going to have to make concessions to the other side. What we need to understand is how best to make concessions in order to allow … Read more

What Do We Need To Keep Secret During A Negotiation?

There are both risks and rewards to sharing too much with the other side

The reason that a negotiation is necessary is because the other side has information that we don’t have. Likewise, we know things that the other side does not know and the purpose of a negotiation is to use your negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to exchange enough information so that both sides can agree on … Read more

How To Manage Expectations When You Are Negotiating

A negotiator always has to manage the other side's expectations

When you jump into a negotiation, do you know what you want to get out of the negotiation? Perhaps a much more important question is does the other side have a set of expectations regarding what they want to get out of the negotiations no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating techniques are used? It … Read more

Does It Pay To Get Angry During A Negotiation?

When negotiating, we need to consider the effect of our emotions on others

I can only speak for myself, but I have no problem sharing with you that during a negotiation I can become very, very frustrated with how things are going. No matter if your negotiation styles and negotiating techniques are causing things to go too slow, go off in the wrong direction, or, even worse, not … Read more

Is “Emotional Intelligence” An Important Negotiating Skill?

Just how important is emotional intelligence when negotiating?

One of the more popular phrases that has been used during the past few years has been “emotional intelligence”. This term first burst into the cultural imagination in 1995 with the publication of psychologist Daniel Goleman’s book. Negotiation experts have predicted that scoring high on this personality trait would boost one’s negotiating outcomes and have … Read more

Keep Your Negotiation Moving By Making A Token Concession

A token concession can prompt reciprocation

As negotiators we all understand that one of the most powerful tools that we have are concessions. However, it’s how we view concessions that really matters. All too often a negotiator can come to view concessions as being a big deal – they are something that has value to us and making a concession that … Read more

What Role Does Trust Play In A Negotiation?

Trust is what can make a deal happen

If there is one thing that all negotiators know and understand is that in order to be able to reach a deal with the other side, you first have to be able to trust them. We also understand that during the course of a negotiation, trust is something that may develop naturally over time. However, … Read more

Negotiating The Hard Way

Every negotiation that we engage in is different. The other side of the table has their own set of goals that they want to accomplish and how they plan on going about achieving them can be different during each negotiation. Sometimes the other side may decide that they want to play hardball with us – … Read more

To Get The Deal That You Want, You’re Going To Have To Make Concessions

As we prepare to start our next negotiation, more often than not we are focused on what we think that all of our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques are going to be help us to get the deal that we want from the other side of the table. This is a valid thought; however, it’s … Read more

A Checklist For Making Concessions In A Negotiation

Everyone starts a negotiation with a goal in mind of what they’d like to be able to get out of the negotiation no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating techniques are involved. As the negotiation proceeds, both sides engage in give and take where they both make and receive concessions. As the negotiation proceeds forward, … Read more