Withdrawal

Recall when you were a young child gathered with your friends.  You’re all in deep discussion about what game you’ll play together.  Timmy suggests dodge ball, Susie offers a board game, and you too like the board game idea.  Thus, your and Suzie’s democracy votes board game, while Timmy angrily refuses.  Eventually, Timmy gives you …

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Monetary Concession

People may use three types of tactics to make you concede your pricing.  They may start with “Give me a ballpark price;”  “You have to do better than that;” and “Let’s Split the Difference.”  Each of these is difficult to handle, and when combined throughout a discussion of price, they can create a “triple-whammy.” Let’s …

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Good Cop/Bad Cop

Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation with two or more participants on one team, you’ll notice one partner acting very cordial and empathetic, where the other partner is extremely temperamental and demeaning. The “bad cop” threatens you and probably declares that there is “no reason to continue conversations.” Once you begin to fear …

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Higher Authority

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re in the process of solidifying a deal and the person you’re dealing with has got you handshake away from completion and then drops the infamous line, “This looks good, and now I’ll just have to ask my boss/client/wife/committee if this is acceptable before it’s final.”? …

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VTP Corporate Training in 3D Virtual Worlds

Virtual Training Partners is offering its Introduction to Corporate Training in 3D Virtual Worlds on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 12pm EST. This program will be of particular interest to Training Professionals who are interested in learning about the latest innovations in Avatar-based training techniques. During this one hour program, participants will: Learn the benefits and …

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7. Strategy and Team

Create a team on your side. It may consist of co-negotiators, experts in various aspects or good cop-bad cop, information sources, and devil’s advocates with whom you can role-play. Practice before you go to the table. Assess the other side and the members of their team. Who are their decision makers? Don’t get caught by …

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5. Strengths and Weaknesses

Virtually all negotiators over-estimate their own weaknesses and the other side’s strengths. Try to take an honest inventory of each side’s real strong points and vulnerabilities. An analysis of the other items in the Preparation Planner should be a part of that inventory. Ask yourself if your vulnerabilities appear as weaknesses to the other side …

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4. Deadlines

Knowing your own realistic deadline in advance will tell you how much leeway you have before you take an entrenched position. Similarly, understanding the other side’s deadline may give you an edge or allow you to forego a point in order to gain somewhere. Deadlines are pressure points. Know where the pressure points are in …

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