Here Is What You Need To Know To Win More Negotiations

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  • Here Is What You Need To Know To Win More Negotiations

    “To win more, you must know more about how to win.” -Greg Williams

    Planning Stage:

    1. Identify what a winning outcome is for you and the other negotiator.

    2. Take into account the resources you and the other negotiator will have to enhance your efforts. Those resources might consist of other people at the negotiation table and some that are not.

    3. Determine what either of you might do to achieve that outcome.

    4. Assess what might hamper the outcome you’d like.

    5. Identify the body language gestures you’ll note to assess when the other negotiator is becoming exasperated. Set the baseline for those gestures by observing how he acts when he’s calm.

    Other Influencing Factors:

    1. Know the outside sources of power that might influence the other negotiator.

    2. For more considerable influence, understand the way he thinks and the motives that drive his actions.

    3. Know your pressure points and those of your opponent. You can gain influence by applying pressure on those not at the negotiation table – leverage that. Remember, the other negotiator can do the same to you. To decrease that probability, minimize those that may expose your vulnerabilities. Doing so will make you less susceptible to pressure.

    4. Know how many phases there may be in the negotiation. If the other negotiator is the first of many that you’ll be negotiating against, he may be attempting to gain insight into your strategy. Then, when you think you’ve reached an agreeable outcome, he’s removed. And his team installs someone else. That’s the beginning of the next phase of the talks. That can occur throughout many stages. Be prepared for it.

    5. Recognize when you’re in a zone – everything is going right. Also, be aware when things are misaligned. When that occurs, stop the negotiation. Take a break an assess what’s happening. Once refreshed, re-engage.

    Read Body Language:

    1. Gather nonverbal queues that reveal hidden thoughts.

    2. Eyes – What can you glean from someone’s eyes? You can gain insight into their demeanor, the degree of respect they have for you and themselves. And you can note when they become uneasy about an offer. To record such occurrences, observe the eye movement when engaged in regular exchanges. Then, as things intensify, note the quickening pace of the eye movement, the direction up or down in which is glanced. Those movements will signal uncomfortableness. Take note when sensing that and be prepared to take action.

    3. Hands – When people speak, it’s natural to use hand gestures. As you progress in the negotiation, note the degree your opponent alters those gestures. There’s value in noting the difference between him saying, and we’re this close to a successful deal while holding his thumb and forefinger a quarter of an inch apart, versus two inches. He’s displaying his measurement to how close he thinks you are to closing the deal.

    4. Speech patterns – Words convey thoughts. And specific words have more meaning than others. Thus, lend attention to the words used and their pronouncement when someone extends an offer. As an example, if someone were to say in a robust intonation, that’s my best deal, take it or leave it. They’d sound more convincing than if they stated it in a weaker tone and with their head bowed. Gain additional information by listening and observing.

    Exit Strategies:

    1. Have clearly defined points indicating when it’s time to exit the negotiation. Establish them during your planning session.

    2. Allow the other negotiator points to exit without losing face.

    3. Assess the degree a winning outcome has changed as you’ve negotiated. If it’s altered drastically, consider postponing it.

    Many factors influence the flow and outcome of a negotiation. The better prepared you are for what might occur, the better your chances to control the factors that determine the outcome. Having more control means, you should be able to keep the other negotiator happy with what he receives, while you obtain what you seek. The strategies mentioned will help you do just that. They’ll assist you in achieving your goals … and everything will be right with the world.

    Remember, you’re always negotiating!.

    Originally published on C-Suite Network

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