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Episode Info: Do you want to become a master negotiator? Do you want to secure property deals and grow your business? If the answer is yes, this episode is for you. Your host, Kevin McDonnell interviews world renowned negotiation expert and best-selling author of bare-knuckle negotiation, Simon Hazeldine. Kevin and Simon discuss the key skills you need to have to become a master negotiator, mistakes to avoid and techniques to follow to ensure you end up with the deal you deserve. KEY TAKEAWAYS What do you see as the key skills of a master negotiator? Being a good negotiator is a critical part of your skill set, have a successful property portfolio, property investment, investment business. What makes what makes a really good negotiator is research shows, for example, a good negotiators gather twice as much information as they give, they focus a lot of time, a lot of efforts, a lot of energy in doing what I call getting inside the other person's head and understanding things from their point of view. Good negotiators are also very well planned and prepared. Make sure that people are thoroughly planned and prepared, that they follow a planning process that increases your confidence that helps you consider options before they come up. A good negotiator doesn't do every deal and a good negotiator does every deal that makes good commercial sense. Knowing when to walk is another important thing for people. Patience is also a good thing to be acting unhurriedly even if you are in a hurry, remaining as calm and objective as you possibly can because emotions can obviously flare, human beings are very emotional creatures. Be very polite and respectful is also a good thing. A good negotiator does less what is called irritating behaviours, finger pointing, aggression, sarcasm and insults. Keeping it professional is an important thing to do, particularly if you want to be doing repeat business with that individual or that organization. Good negotiators have the ability to step into their shoes of a seller and see it from the seller's point of view. Price is a factor in any negotiation. Usually, it is very rarely if ever, the only factor and if it's just got narrowed down to price, you might be missing other opportunities to add value to the deal for the other parts. It is always about the people, the people who own that property that you want to buy must be willing to also sell it to you or want to do a joint venture with you. If you find out what's most important to people and then you show them how you can help them get what's most important to them, that's selling a negotiation in a nutshell. Solve their problem instead of trying to buy their house. What are the biggest mistakes people make in negotiating? Moving too quickly to sort of doing the bargaining, how much are we going to pay and then that they don't spend enough time planning and preparing. They don't spend enough time understanding the perspective of the other person. New property investors, property develop...

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