Guide to Successful Negotiations – Get the Results You Want and Grow in Confidence

For those who lack confidence, business negotiation creates anxiety or panic. But negotiation is a merely a discussion (or a series of discussions) used to resolve disputes, or to create and approve agreements/ contracts. This article shows how you can negotiate successfully if you keep a few key rules in mind.

To be an effective business negotiator, consider three key points: you must be able to communicate effectively and listen carefully. If you can do both you’ll find the process of negotiating will be much smoother and more fruitful. Thirdly, be well organised;a lack of thorough preparation is the most common reason why people come unstuck during business negotiations.

Before you begin your next negotiation, reflect on the following guidelines:

  1. Do your homework. It’s essential that you’re fully prepared before discussions begin. Know the background and cover the implications for all the parties involved. Discover the other participants’ situation and goals so as to anticipate problems or objections and prepare counter-solutions.
  2. Never enter negotiations until all parties know what’s being negotiated and agree to discussions. This speaks for itself but as a precaution, have the moderators or the lead negotiator announce what everyone is there for and make sure all are in agreement.
  3. Set some ground rules. As above, setting ground rules for the sessions avoids potential conflict as well as creates an environment where people can concentrate on the discussion at hand.
  4. Be prepared to offer something that the other party will see as a benefit. Anticipating the other party’s goals & objectives gives you an opening to offer a concession or opportunity which is genuinely of value to them. A win: win approach allows both parties to feel they have achieved gains and thus be open to further concessions. Listening well will help you discover what your fellow negotiators need and want so you can make an appropriate proposal.
  5. Don’t commit anything to writing until you fully understand it and can live with it. Avoid written commitments unless you are willing to be held accountable. Don’t feel pressured to put something on paper. After all, you may not have the full information or knowledge to know whether such commitments are the right option for your business.
  6. Agreeing to disagree. It’s quite normal to find that during the course of the negotiation, one party or all parties will have areas of disagreement. Your prior research should have anticipated areas of concern in advance. If the solutions or alternatives being offered aren’t acceptable, or if you feel you’re unsure of the implications, declare this without rancour so you can work through it.
  7. Behave with dignity and respect. Never allow negotiations to get personal in nature – it’s a business meeting, so there’s no need for antagonism. Treat all participants as you’d wish to be treated; your personal and business reputation will be damaged if you don’t behave respectfully and with good manners during negotiations.
  8. Know when to take time out. If necessary, ask for more time to think about things or work out figures, or to find more information. You don’t have to say yes immediately; it’s okay to review and consider the new ideas on the table. Feeling under pressure to confirm or to please won’t help you come to the right decision for your business.
  9. Walking away or saying goodbye. Occasionally, neither party can reach an equitable agreement. Ultimately, if the deal isn’t right for your business the consequences can be damaging. Be open to other solutions or alternatives but if none are acceptable then calling the negotiation to a graceful close is acceptable practice. Either way, you’ll have learnt a great deal during the negotiating process so put the experience to good use in the future.
  10. Always clarify the result of the negotiations in writing. Tie upthe discussion so there is no misunderstanding. This also provides the chance for final minor modifications with minimal risk. Once the principles are accepted all consenting parties, a group signature will make the conclusion official.
  11. Remain professional to the end. Do maintain decorum after discussions conclude. If all parties feel that they had a good outcome, then celebrations can be appropriate “to seal the deal”. But, if ending a dispute or conflict, then be mindful of the feelings of all involved and do not appear self-congratulatory or indignant depending on the outcome. Behave well and your own reputation will be enhanced, not diminished.

Negotiations are opportunities to explore new avenues or directions, or to resolve difficult situations. Enter negotiations with a clear head, be prepared, be respectful and feel confident of your ability to discuss the key issues which affect your business. I hope you find the guidelines of use and I wish you good fortune in your future negotiations.

Will You Be Swept Away By The Negotiation Tsunami?

Warning, a negotiation tsunami is occurring throughout the world. As such, a lot of corporations and individuals are allowing their negotiation sky to fall. A negotiation tsunami has been surging for quite some time. It began in the form of savvy individuals and cutting edge corporations increasing their knowledge of negotiation. Those entities have become poised to out-negotiate those who are complacent with their current negotiation skills.

In the worldwide recession, that has gripped corporations and individuals, everyone is dealing with the premise of doing more with less. As such, those entities that increase their capacity to negotiate more stringently are and will continue to outdistance those that allow their negotiation skills to remain stagnant. In many situations, organizations while cutting overhead and negotiation training to the bone are not aware of the severe damage they’re doing to their bottom line.

The problem initiated in most organizations when management felt it could get by with the negotiation skill sets that existed within the corporation. As time progressed, management considered the enhancement of the organization’s negotiation skills as a nice to have. Individuals felt a need to stretch their resources, but declined to consider the valuable role that negotiation plays to assist them in achieving their goals. In most organizations, management has failed to realize the overall value that can be gained by enhancing the core negotiation skills of its human resource, and the value that such activity has on the company’s bottom line.

As a key component in your organization and in your personal life, where do you stand when it comes to enhancing your negotiation skills?

I wrote an article recently in which the question was posed, do the Chinese negotiate differently and/or better than people in other countries? Respondents from several LinkedIn Chinese groups that have conducted business in China indicated that the Chinese take negotiation seriously and commit to learning the art of negotiation from a very young age; it’s a skill they continue to enhance throughout their lives. The Chinese are not the only people that commit to such strenuous efforts to improve their corporate and private plight.

Where does this leave you and your organization? If you personally become proactive about developing your negotiation skills, you will avoid becoming antiquated and you’ll be able to ascend to higher positions within the corporation. You have time to become a better negotiator, but you need to access the time you have and start increasing your negotiation skills, now! To slack in this endeavor will be akin to recklessly flirting with negativity, as it relates to your future opportunities. I’m sure that’s not a position in which you wish to find yourself.

Those individuals and corporations that seek to succeed in the future will heed this information. If you’re of like-mindedness, you’ll commit to securing your future, that of your corporation, and your life style balance.

Become a better negotiator! Increase your negotiation skills right now! Do so by increasing your knowledge as to when and how to use the appropriate negotiation strategy and tactic. In so doing, you’ll be better positioned to take advantage of future opportunities that will be presented to you… and everything will be right with the world. Remember, you’re always negotiating.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

The Negotiation Tips Are…

In creating your future, gather what you need today to build the environment in which you’ll live tomorrow. Increase your chances of achieving that future by knowing how to negotiate better in life’s situations.

Preparation is a key ingredient in every negotiation. The better you prepare, by knowing how to use the appropriate strategy in the proper situation, the better you’ll become at negotiating.

If you negotiated like your life depended upon the outcome, you’d take the time to learn to negotiate better. Guess what, your life does depend on it!

Black Onyx Rings As Presents

Black onyx rings go way back as they were used by noblemen, popes and those in high society as a soft of brand to let people know who they are. Today, they are highly valued for their beautiful appearance. Black onyx rings come in all shapes and sizes and they can be produced in different settings. The most popular are silver and platinum, as they provide a sharp contrast to the darkness of the black diamond. However, more traditional settings are gold or yellow gold. Usually, these are used in signet rings and some onyx jewelry even comes with other precious stones. Pearls look good paired with black onyx because of the contrast. It is elegant, and is perfect for any maiden. Diamonds are also a popular black onyx partner, and are a classic combination.

Black onyx jewelry is great to give as gifts to your loved ones. A lot of people choose the onyx to give as gifts because they are unique, beautiful, and comparatively cheaper than real diamonds. They are one of the more popular gift items for both families, friends and significant others. Every birthday celebrant will be happy to receive an onyx ring. Because it is unique, it won’t be like any other present he or she receives. Also, you can have it personalized so that it really is, especially for the birthday celebrant.

Meanwhile, for engagements and wedding anniversaries, onyx is one of the most popular choices. According to a recent survey, more and more couples are choosing onyx rings to renew their vows or seal their marriages. This is because like any other union, black onyx jewelry can stand the test of time. It is also a great piece to share with your partner. You can even have matching ones specially made. This is also true for those who are looking for an alternative to the usual box of chocolates and bouquet of flowers during Valentine’s Day.

You can never go wrong when you give jewelry to your mom on Mother’s day. Every mom loves jewelry, and she’ll appreciate it even more if it’s well thought of. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to have your local jeweller makes a special onyx ring for your mother? This way, you can make her feel special, and thank her for all the sacrifices she has made for you. You can also give it to your dad as a Father’s Day presents. There are a lot of onyx rings for men. It’s best to get one with a bigger band, or a signet ring so it is more suited. For a graduation event, nothing says “I’m proud of you” like a set of nice onyx jewelry, especially for women. Jewelry has long been used as gifts for special occasions like these. Make it extra special with an extra special gemstone. Take the time to really make the set fitting for the person, so that the graduate will really appreciate the gift during the special time.