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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.

Featured photo credit: Robert Owen-Wahl via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

You have to work hard to develop the right skills

If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

1. Make your presentation short and sweet

With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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2. Open up with a good ice breaker

At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

  • Joking
  • Tugging on their heart strings
  • Dropping a bombastic statement
  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

3. Keep things simple and to the point

Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

4. Use a healthy dose of humor

Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

6. Practice your delivery

Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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7. Move around and use your hands

Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

8. Engage the audience by making them relate

Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

9. Use funny images in your slides

Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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10. End on a more serious note

When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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