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This Is Why Some People Are So Good At Negotiating

This Is Why Some People Are So Good At Negotiating

ow do you view negotiations? Do you consider it to be intimidating and exhaustive? Have you met super negotiators who are skilled at getting what they want? What skills do you think a great negotiator needs to have?

My little brother may just be a good negotiator or perhaps your kids are great at negotiating and having their way at the long run.

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It is important that a great negotiation has all parties having their way and it is a win-win situation. Why negotiation may be necessary is to understand what the other person wants and providing it. Such specification could lead to understanding the emotions surrounding this desire. That is why I could hand you a burger for 20 bucks and you will still be glad about it. Here are reasons some people are good negotiators.

1. They are honest

You have to get the other party to trust you. Many people tend to think that great negotiators are liars, stubborn and mean. But there is nothing mean about a great negotiator. Rather they know how to make the other person feel comfortable in making their demands and getting what they want. Being honest doesn’t mean that they are loose lipped; rather they are focused on ascertaining trust and a common ground in the process.

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2. They are empathetic

The truth is that great negotiators are considerate. They appeal to the emotional angle first before they appeal to the logical one. By appealing to the emotional angle of the other person, they appear soft and contrite. This skill also allays the other person’s doubts and discomfort about getting a fair price or getting what they want.

3. They are attentive

They are great at asking questions. They ask questions that trigger exact and definitive answers. Learning to ask such open ended questions requires practice. But doing this allows them to listen better and learn more about what spurs the other person’s demands and requests. They can decipher what drives the other party to make such demands because they are attentive.

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A question like “we would love twenty percent, is that good enough?” will achieve such an objective. Rather than using verbs like “is” or “was”, start your questions with words like “how,” “what,” and “why.”

4. They are prepared

Good negotiators know where they are heading and who they are dealing with. They understand that people do not simply make decisions rationally but most times act unconsciously or emotionally or both. This is why great negotiators approach each negotiation with an emotional focus. They have data, they know what options they have, who has the bargaining power and their bottom line. Most great negotiators don’t just dive into a negotiation without some heads up.

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5. They are persistent and patient

Good negotiators know that being patient and exercising perseverance do pay off. Most people get tired of the negotiation process at some point and simply want to conclude the negotiation and move on. Good negotiators understand the human angle to this and play to wait. They understand it could come down to resilience and stamina. Holding on can be more efficient than a “take it or leave it” approach. They know that at the end of the day they could get the best possible deal by just staying the long haul.

6. They are persuasive

Great negotiators won’t just go in because of something sounds mouth watery. They are fair. They know what they want out of a deal and would go ahead to get it because they believe in what they are asking for. They feel justified they are deserving of what they are demanding and would stick to persuading the other party to see why this is so. This doesn’t make them less reasonable but actually their form of persuasiveness makes them more agreeable.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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