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5 Negotiation Tips and the One Negotiation Hack You Need to Know

5 Negotiation Tips and the One Negotiation Hack You Need to Know

How can you be a confident negotiator, get the price you want that feels valuable, and be happy about the transaction?

In a growing world where prices are continually fixed, negotiators and ones who can do so successfully are hard to find.

The truth of the matter is that while most people don’t want to negotiate and will avoid doing it whenever they can, this leads to a tremendous opportunity for those who do know how to negotiate.

The following are the 5 negotiation tips and the one negotiation hack you need to know:

1. Research and set an ideal outcome with a plan to get there

Before you do your negotiation have your research done and know what the market is for the item that you are looking to buy or sell. When you have this figure in mind then you need to plan out the likely ways that your outcome is likely to come to fruition.

Negotiations are rarely going to go according to plan, but you need to set a worse case scenario plan. What is the most you will pay for an item or the least you are willing to settle for in letting an item go?

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Then you also need to do the same for the best-case scenario. What is the lowest price that you can pay for the item or what is most that you can get for the item you are selling?

When you have the best-case scenario you can direct your mind better in what you want to accomplish. The worst-case scenario will show you what you need to avoid and how to be better directed towards a more favorable outcome.

2. Don’t take the negotiations personally           

The biggest resistance people have to negotiations that they might be unaware of is their unwillingness to take out the personal aspect out of the negotiation. They see it as a friendship and aim for a person to like them better than to achieve their goal.

People like others more who they respect. It is more challenging to respect someone who is willing to compromise themselves and what they want in favor of being liked. In the same vein, it is hard to not respect someone who goes for what they want.

Take the personal aspect of the negotiation out of the equation. Focus on what you want and do what it takes to get there. Most negotiations can be totally friendly, but they are actually more challenging to engage in if you are worrying what everyone thinks of you.

3. Bid to the extremes

It doesn’t matter who states the first price. You should be well versed in what this product is worth, the market for such an item, and you should have an ambitious figure in mind for your first offer.

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Whether it is bidding low when you are buying or setting a high price when selling, you are giving yourself more room to negotiate by setting an extreme figure that your counterpart has to accept or adjust for.

Going too far at an extreme has the potential to drive a deal maker away, but there are always more people to deal with. Making sure you set firm your initial standards will at the very worst show the person you are doing business with that you are for real.

4. Aim for counter offers

If the potential deal has come together with only one offer and acceptance, then it is very likely that you could have done better in your negotiations. Upon your first offer, your counterpart should always give a counter offer.

If they immediately accept instead, then you know you could have offered lower or higher depending on your side of the deal.

Remember, most people want to get out of a negotiation as soon as possible. They are worried about upsetting others and don’t want to feel the pressure of the event. Go back with a few well-planned counter offers and you will wear your fellow dealmaker down and get exactly the right price that you were looking for.

5. Honesty first

Commonly there is a lot of negotiation advice that is deceitful or deceptive and this will only inhibit your negotiation skills, strategies, and success as a negotiator.

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While you may get a quick win, it is more important that you develop the skills and can have long standing positive and fruitful business relationships.

For these reasons, if you are the one in charge don’t act like you have someone else making the ultimate decision. This is dishonest and deceitful. Own your negotiation. Don’t tell someone else, “This is the lowest I can go.” This leads to limitations and most people are more likely to do deals with people who are more flexible.

And finally, the one negotiation hack you need to know:

When you are negotiating as the buyer of an item, right before you present your initial offer you need to say something negative about the item up for purchase.

“I like this car, but the tires look bald and will definitely need to be replaced soon. Will you take $5,000?”

You include the negative phrase because it is psychological in nature.

People are motivated by the fear of loss more than the pleasure of gain. When you include a phrase such as the above you give the seller fear and the pleasure of the sale becoming completed right after.

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Most times this hack compels a seller to move the item right then, but if they don’t it gives you an extra edge in your negotiations as well.

Being a good communicator and negotiating what you want is a key to life. If you can’t negotiate, you will be worse off in your relationships, your career, and your life.

How would you be able to have a balanced relationship if you couldn’t negotiate the responsibilities in such partnership?

Use the preceding advice and take your skills of negotiation to the next level. By continuing to practice you will soon feel yourself becoming a fine dealmaker.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

Taking your work to the next level means setting and keeping career goals. A career goal is a targeted objective that explains what you want your ultimate profession to be.

Defining career goals is a critical step to achieving success. You need to know where you’re going in order to get there. Knowing what your career goals are isn’t just important for you–it’s important for potential employers too. The relationship between an employer and an employee works best when your goals for the future and their goals align. Saying, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll do anything,” makes you seem indecisive, and opens you up to taking on ill-fitting tasks that won’t lead you to your dream life.

Career goal templates’ one-size-fits-all approach won’t consider your unique goals and experiences. They won’t help you stand out, and they may not reflect your full potential.

In this article, I’ll help you to define your career goals with SMART goal framework, and will provide you with a list of examples goals for work and career.

How to Define Your Career Goal with SMART

Instead of relying on a generalized framework to explain your vision, use a tried-and-true goal-setting model. SMART is an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic with Timelines.”[1] The SMART framework demystifies goals by breaking them into smaller steps.

Helpful hints when setting SMART career goals:

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  • Start with short-term goals first. Work on your short-term goals, and then progress the long-term interests.[2] Short-term goals are those things which take 1-3 years to complete. Long-term goals take 3-5 years to do. As you succeed in your short-term goals, that success should feed into accomplishing your long-term goals.
  • Be specific, but don’t overdo it. You need to define your career goals, but if you make them too specific, then they become unattainable. Instead of saying, “I want to be the next CEO of Apple, where I’ll create a billion-dollar product,” try something like, “My goal is to be the CEO of a successful company.”
  • Get clear on how you’re going to reach your goals. You should be able to explain the actions you’ll take to advance your career. If you can’t explain the steps, then you need to break your goal down into more manageable chunks.
  • Don’t be self-centered. Your work should not only help you advance, but it should also support the goals of your employer. If your goals differ too much, then it might be a sign that the job you’ve taken isn’t a good fit.

If you want to learn more about setting SMART Goals, watch the video below to learn how you can set SMART career goals.

After you’re clear on how to set SMART goals, you can use this framework to tackle other aspects of your work. For instance, you might set SMART goals to improve your performance review, look for a new job, or shift your focus to a different career.

We’ll cover examples of ways to use SMART goals to meet short-term career goals in the next section.

Why You Need an Individual Development Plan

Setting goals is one part of the larger formula for success. You may know what you want to do, but you also have to figure out what skills you have, what you lack, and where your greatest strengths and weaknesses are.

One of the best ways to understand your capabilities is by using the Science Careers Individual Development Plan skills assessment. It’s free, and all you need to do is register an account and take a few assessments.

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These assessments will help you determine if your career goals are realistic. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your unique talents and skill-sets. You may decide to change some of your career goals or alter your timeline based on what you learn.

40 Examples of Goals for Work & Career

All this talk of goal-setting and self-assessment may sound great in theory, but perhaps you need some inspiration to figure out what your goals should be.

For Changing a Job

  1. Attend more networking events and make new contacts.
  2. Achieve a promotion to __________ position.
  3. Get a raise.
  4. Plan and take a vacation this year.
  5. Agree to take on new responsibilities.
  6. Develop meaningful relationships with your coworkers and clients.
  7. Ask for feedback on a regular basis.
  8. Learn how to say, “No,” when you are asked to take on too much.
  9. Delegate tasks that you no longer need to be responsible for.
  10. Strive to be in a leadership role in __ number of years.

For Switching Career Path

  1. Pick up and learn a new skill.
  2. Find a mentor.
  3. Become a volunteer in the field that interests you.
  4. Commit to getting training or going back to school.
  5. Read the most recent books related to your field.
  6. Decide whether you are happy with your work-life balance and make changes if necessary. [3]
  7. Plan what steps you need to take to change careers.[4]
  8. Compile a list of people who could be character references or submit recommendations.
  9. Commit to making __ number of new contacts in the field this year.
  10. Create a financial plan.

For Getting a Promotion

  1. Reduce business expenses by a certain percentage.
  2. Stop micromanaging your team members.
  3. Become a mentor.
  4. Brainstorm ways that you could improve your productivity and efficiency at work
  5. Seek a new training opportunity to address a weakness.[5]
  6. Find a way to organize your work space.[6]
  7. Seek feedback from a boss or trusted coworker every week/ month/ quarter.
  8. Become a better communicator.
  9. Find new ways to be a team player.
  10. Learn how to reduce work hours without compromising productivity.

For Acing a Job Interview

  1. Identify personal boundaries at work and know what you should do to make your day more productive and manageable.
  2. Identify steps to create a professional image for yourself.
  3. Go after the career of your dreams to find work that does not feel like a job.
  4. Look for a place to pursue your interest and apply your knowledge and skills.
  5. Find a new way to collaborate with experts in your field.
  6. Identify opportunities to observe others working in the career you want.
  7. Become more creative and break out of your comfort zone.
  8. Ask to be trained more relevant skills for your work.
  9. Ask for opportunities to explore the field and widen your horizon
  10. Set your eye on a specific award at work and go for it.

Career Goal Setting FAQs

I’m sure you still have some questions about setting your own career goals, so here I’m listing out the most commonly asked questions about career goals.

1. What if I’m not sure what I want my career to be?

If you’re uncertain, be honest about it. Let the employer know as much as you know about what you want to do. Express your willingness to use your strengths to contribute to the company. When you take this approach, back up your claim with some examples.

If you’re not even sure where to begin with your career, check out this guide:

How to Find Your Ideal Career Path Without Wasting Time on Jobs Not Suitable for You

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2. Is it okay to lie about my career goals?

Lying to potential employers is bound to end in disaster. In the interview, a lie can make you look foolish because you won’t know how to answer follow up questions.

Even if you think your career goal may not precisely align with the employer’s expectations for a long-term hire, be open and honest. There’s probably more common ground than they realize, and it’s up to you to bridge any gaps in expectations.

Being honest and explaining these connections shows your employer that you’ve put a lot of thought into this application. You aren’t just telling them what they want to hear.

3. Is it better to have an ambitious goal, or should I play it safe?

You should have a goal that challenges you, but SMART goals are always reasonable. If you put forth a goal that is way beyond your capabilities, you will seem naive. Making your goals too easy shows a lack of motivation.

Employers want new hires who are able to self-reflect and are willing to take on challenges.

4. Can I have several career goals?

It’s best to have one clearly-defined career goal and stick with it. (Of course, you can still have goals in other areas of your life.) Having a single career goal shows that you’re capable of focusing, and it shows that you like to accomplish what you set out to do.

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On the other hand, you might have multiple related career goals. This could mean that you have short-term goals that dovetail into your ultimate long-term career goal. You might also have several smaller goals that feed into a single purpose.

For example, if you want to become a lawyer, you might become a paralegal and attend law school at the same time. If you want to be a school administrator, you might have initial goals of being a classroom teacher and studying education policy. In both cases, these temporary jobs and the extra education help you reach your ultimate goal.

Summary

You’ll have to devote some time to setting career goals, but you’ll be so much more successful with some direction. Remember to:

  • Set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, and Realistic with Timelines. When you set goals with these things in mind, you are likely to achieve the outcomes you want.
  • Have short-term and long-term goals. Short-term career goals can be completed in 1-3 years, while long-term goals will take 3-5 years to finish. Your short-term goals should set you up to accomplish your long-term goals.
  • Assess your capabilities by coming up with an Individual Development Plan. Knowing how to set goals won’t help you if you don’t know yourself. Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are by taking some self-assessments.
  • Choose goals that are appropriate to your ultimate aims. Your career goals should be relevant to one another. If they aren’t, then you may need to narrow your focus. Your goals should match the type of job that you want and the quality of life that you want to lead.
  • Be clear about your goals with potential employers. Always be honest with potential employers about what you want to do with your life. If your goals differ from the company’s objectives, find a way bridge the gap between what you want for yourself and what your employer expects.

By doing goal-setting work now, you’ll be able to make conscious choices on your career path. You can always adjust your plan if things change for you, but the key is to give yourself a road map for success.

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