How to Get the Most Out of Every Negotiation


How to Get the Most Out of Every Negotiation

Negotiation skill is a key for success in business and life. You may become a better negotiator by following some very simple rules.

When you’re in business, you negotiate every day of the week. While you may not be negotiating million-dollar deals with customers or vendors, chances are you’re negotiating all sorts of things-from a raise, to a flexible work schedule, to a plum assignment on a product development team.

Negotiation is a skill that gets better with practice. The more you negotiate, the more comfortable you’ll be and the better your skills. There are certain negotiation tips that can quickly move you from amateur to pro status. Give these a try the next time you find yourself in a negotiation, and you will exceed your expectations every time.

1.Listen to people 

Listening is the biggest and most important part of the negotiation. It’s what allows you to understand what’s going on in the other person’s head. Saying less and listening more puts you in a position of power during a negotiation because the other person is giving you more information than you’re giving them.

2. Never say ok to a proposal the first time you hear it

The fact is, most negotiators make an initial offer that is lower than the number that they are prepared to settle for. It’s just an expected part of the negotiation game. When someone makes an offer, think it over first and don’t be too desperate to accept it. If the offer doesn’t meet your needs, then make a counteroffer that does.

3. Conduct the negotiation at your site or at a neutral location

You put the other party at an advantage when you agree to conduct the negotiation at their offices. Try to schedule negotiations at your offices whenever possible. At worst case, pick a neutral location that evens the playing field.

4. Don’t be the first to name a price

Keep remembering. The first party to name a price is the one that ends up losing. Push the other party to do most of the talking and to reveal exactly what it is that they’re looking for and the outline of a possible deal.

5. Do deal only with decision makers

It’s a waste of your time to negotiate with people who don’t have the authority to agree to a deal. Whenever possible, push to negotiate with the person who is in the position to say “Yes.”

6. Don’t negotiate with yourself

When you make a proposal to another party, give them time to consider it and respond. Don’t be so impatient that you lower your price even before they have a chance to respond.

7. Be poker face

Some negotiations can get very heated; however, when you lose your cool, then you’re going to make mistakes. Not only that, but you reduce the chances of getting the deal that you want. Always be professional, and keep your emotions and temper in check.

8. Check body language cues 

The body language is a major variable when it comes to interpersonal communication. Subtle cues, like the excessive blinking of the eyes or an uncomfortable shift in a chair, can give you major insight into what’s going on in the other person’s mind and you can organize your next move.

9. Do say no

The most powerful word you can utter in any negotiation is “No.” If you’re not satisfied with a proposal, then don’t hesitate to use it.

10. Never be intimidated

Remember: The other party needs you as much as you need them. Refuse to be intimidated.

11. Do seek win-win outcomes

Every party in a negotiation should be a winner. When you’ve got a win-lose situation, the outcome is imbalanced, and long-term relationships will be damaged. Seek win-win outcomes that will build your business relationships, not destroy them.

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