negotiation skills tips
What are Negotiation Skills Tips?
The right negotiation skills tips will help you achieve better outcomes in your personal and professional negotiations.
Negotiation skills tips can help us get a higher salary, a better deal on a car, manage conflicts, and more. And many of those tips are transferable across situations. What are some of these tips?
One of the most critical negotiation skills tips is to ensure you have a BATNA. In both integrative negotiation and adversarial bargaining, your best source of power is your ability and willingness to walk away and take another deal. Before arriving at the bargaining table, wise negotiators spend significant time identifying their best alternative to a negotiated agreement, or BATNA, and taking steps to improve it.
Listening is another important skill. Every negotiation adviser, from Roger Fisher (author of Getting to Yes) to Jim Camp (Start with No) agrees on that. And, of course, as many have found out, easier said than done. Many negotiators struggle to actually focus on listening when someone is disagreeing with them. It takes time and practice for behavior to catch up with one’s goals.
As you learn more about negotiation, take advantage of these and other negotiation skills tips. And pay special attention to those involving collaboration.
In the vast majority of business negotiations, for example, many more issues beyond price are involved, such as delivery, service, financing, and so on. Don’t make the mistake of viewing such complexity as a liability. In fact, the opposite is true. When multiple issues are on the negotiation table, you gain the ability to brainstorm mutually beneficial tradeoffs with your partner. Through tradeoffs, you can achieve more than you would have if you had simply compromised on each issue.
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