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Episode Info: Negotiation is defined as a discussion that is aimed at reaching an agreement. It is used to settle differences and reach a compromise without argument or dispute. People will aim to get the best deal for them when coming to an agreement. However, the idea of good negotiation is to find mutual benefit in order to maintain a relationship between the parties involved. A lot of people dread negotiating with others. What they don’t realize is that they are negotiating all the time, even daily. Formal negotiations happen when discussing terms of a job offer with a recruiter or buying a new car. Informal negotiations are more common and occur when determining who gets to pick the movie for date night, working out a conflict between coworkers, or convincing a client to take a late delivery. Whether we like it or not, we are negotiating all the time. Learning the basics of negotiation can help us to be better able to come to an agreement faster and with better results for both parties. It take two to tango, or to negotiate. If either you or the other party feels they are not getting something out of the deal they can walk away. You may be the best option but if they don’t feel they are getting what they need they are not likely to accept your offer and may even leave negotiations. Remember that while you have a back up plan or BANTA so does the other side. Doing your research and preparing before going into any negotiation will help you to come out ahead and happy. Episode Breakdown Prepare before you go into the negotiation. Know what it is that you are trying to accomplish. You need to know what success looks like, otherwise you’ll never attain it. Ask yourself what is the minimum you’d be will to accept. Prepare your BANTA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) and be willing to go with it if you can’t get what you want out of negotiations. Understand your opponent. Learn about the person or people you with whom you will be negotiating, especially their negotiating power. Make sure you are working with people who have the authority to approve a deal that gives you what you want. Talk with others who have negotiated with the them in the past to get ideas on what works and doesn’t work. Find out their strengths and weaknesses so that you can take advantage of your strengths and their weaknesses. Decipher any patterns or styles of negotiation they use so that you can turn that against them. Make a plan ahead of time. You want to know where your line is drawn and where you will not cross, you don’t want to decide that while in the negotiation. The first offer sets the benchmark so be aggressive and ask for more than you want to give room for compromise. There is give and take in all negotiations, know where you are willing and unwilling to compromise. Have a few concessions ready at hand that do not reduce your position. Know your walk away point, when the negotiation hits a stand still your willingness to talk away will press...
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