Plant a Trust Land Mine

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Establishing trust between yourself and your counterpart can be difficult in any negotiation – especially if you have little to no history with one another. Find some tips on how to build trust in your next negotiation.
In any negotiation, you’re likely to have information about the other party or about the deal (industry facts, economic health, new products, and so on) that the other party might not know you have.

To gain some measure of your counterpart’s trustworthiness, plant a “trust land mine”:
• Ask some questions to which you already know the answers.
• If someone avoid your information requests, or if he lies outright, that’s one sign you should be careful about what you reveal – or call off the talks altogether.

Of course, someone who answers a few questions truthfully might not always behave honestly.

Nonetheless, trust land mines offer a reasonably good way of determining if a person is leveling with you.

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Related Article: Six Strategies for Building Trust in Negotiations

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