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Mastering Negotiation: Five Key Insights for Greater Success

Mastering Negotiation: Five Key Insights for Greater Success

Five Key Insights You Need to Know About Negotiating for Success

Negotiating is an integral part of our daily lives, and understanding negotiating dynamics can be a game-changer for people.  Negotiating is an essential life skill, and it’s a learned skill.  Whether you’re negotiating with customers, suppliers, contractors, employees, employers, cell phone providers, banks – or you’re discussing curfew with your teenager, below are five vital things to keep in mind:

1. Almost everyone is a negotiator – people are negotiating all the time.

You could be involved in a negotiation whenever you communicate with another person.  Negotiation isn’t just for labour disputes and negotiations, government trade talks, dispute resolution, mediations, and athlete negotiations with pro sports teams.

If you can master the art of structuring your negotiations so you get what you want and the other side can get what it wants, you’ll increase your success while eliminating anxiety, stress, and discomfort.  People need to stop negotiating based solely on their “instinct” – or a pattern of having some previous lucky outcomes that didn’t involve using proven negotiation skills.

2. Everything you want is owned or controlled by others.

If you want something, you’ll find it’s usually owned or controlled by someone else.  To get what you want, you’ll need to take the time to learn how to get it.  To achieve your goals, learn how to deal with people by helping them get what they want – rather than dominating or taking advantage of them.  Empower others to get what they want and watch the doors of opportunity swing open.

3. Negotiating involves predictable maneuvers.

Negotiation shouldn’t be a disjointed and chaotic process.  There are predictable responses to maneuvers that take place in most negotiations.  In our negotiating training seminars, workshops, and negotiation coaching sessions, we refer to these maneuvers as gambits and countergambits; they refer to strategic exchanges to gain an advantage in any negotiation.  The term gambit is chess parlance that means maneuver for advantage.

You will want to use certain negotiation gambits to your advantage; however, you will also need to know a wide range of gambits and countergambits, even those you might not use, to protect yourself if gambits are used against you.

4. Three essential factors can make or break your negotiations:

Information: Knowledge about the other side is critical.  Understand your counterpart’s needs, desires, and objectives.  Do your research well in advance of negotiating.  The side with the most useful information usually does better in a negotiation.

Time: Negotiations often have deadlines that add pressure. Use time wisely to secure favourable outcomes.  Time limitations add pressure for a settlement.

Personal Power: The ability to influence others is a potent tool.  Learn more about the eight forms of personal power and how to wield it while guarding against its misuse effectively.

5. People have four different personality types and corresponding negotiating styles:

Four major personality types influence a person’s negotiating style.  This is not about using a Myers-Briggs or DISC profiling self-assessment tool.  The four negotiating personality types include – Analytical, Pragmatic, Extroverted, and Amiable.  Learn more about your personality type, corresponding negotiating style, and how to interact more effectively with others.

Contact me to learn more about determining your negotiating personality type and corresponding negotiating style through a self-assessment questionnaire and interpretation information.


By understanding these five fundamental principles, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the intricacies of negotiation, achieving your objectives, and fostering positive relationships.

So, whether you’re closing a multimillion-dollar deal or negotiating a household dispute, remember that negotiation is about more than just reaching an agreement – it’s about forging connections and achieving mutual satisfaction.

Remember, negotiation is not just about getting what you want; it’s about creating value and building meaningful relationships.  So, approach each negotiation with strategy, empathy, and a willingness to explore creative solutions, and watch your success soar.

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