How To Defend Yourself During A Negotiation

Find a way to negotiate without bias when you can defend yourself

When we enter into a negotiation, we never know who will be sitting across the table from us. Will they be a negotiator who is just starting out or a skilled professional who has done this countless times before? In any negotiation that you participate in, you will undoubtedly find yourself on the defensive at … Read more

Exactly How Is A Negotiator Supposed To Get To “Yes”?

Getting to yes is a journey but you have to know how to get there

As negotiators, when we go into a negotiation, we need to have a plan for what we want to achieve. We’ve got a number of different ways that we can go. We can hope to use our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to get everything that we want while not really caring how things turn … Read more

Is Lose-Lose Ever An Option For A Negotiator?

Is it possible that lose-lose could be your BATNA?

As negotiators, one of the key points about negotiating that has been drilled into our heads is that in order to be successful, we always have to be able to use our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to reach a deal with the other side of the table. There has to be a common middle … Read more

It Turns Out That Three Is A Magic Number In Negotiations

If you follow the "rules of three" you can get the deal that you want

Every negotiator would like to have some magic in their lives. We’d all like to be able to wave our hands and have a negotiation go our way. We’d like to have spells that we could recite that would make the other side bend to our will. The bad news is that such magic does … Read more

What Can Today’s Negotiators Learn From Britain’s Tony Blair?

Tony Blair is a master negotiator

As negotiators we’d all like to find ways to become better at this critical skill. One way to make this happen is to find people that we know do it well and then ask them questions – how did they become so good. When they negotiate, what do negotiation styles and negotiating techniques do they … Read more

How A Negotiator Can Manage A Multiparty Negotiation

More parties involved in a negotiation make it that much more difficult

I think that we all realize that participating in a negotiation can be a very complex undertaking. However, if you want to make things even more complicated then all you have to do is involve yourself in a multiparty negotiation. Multiparty negotiations are actually fairly common. There are three issues that make multi­party negotiations more … Read more

A Checklist For Preparing For Your Next Negotiation

To get the deal that you want, you need to go in prepared

When it comes time for your next negotiation, will you do the most important thing to get ready? You know what I’m talking about – prepare! One of the biggest mistakes that negotiators make over and over again doesn’t have anything to do with their negotiation styles or negotiating techniques, instead it has to do … Read more

How To Create A Win-Win Outcome For Your Next Negotiation

Here are four different ways to get to win-win

As negotiators we’ve all heard about the power of being able to reach a win-win agreement with the other side of the table. This is not always an easy thing to do. It may be our ultimate goal, but more often than not how to reach that goal can prove to be elusive. However, the … Read more

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