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Learning to develop your negotiation skills

businessmeeting26251473.jpg What type of manager do you want to be known as? There are some managers out there that just don't have people skills but they get the job done and look good on paper. There are other managers that may interact well with their employees but they don't always produce on the bottom line. Trying to figure out a style that works for you can take time but there is one skill every manager needs to include in their management style and that is learning how to negotiate. Negotiation skills are needed as they can be the difference from a lower-priced item to hiring new employees or fighting to keep people on staff.

The good news is that even if you don't have amazing negotiation skills, you can learn them. To get started you need to first observe someone that has them. This is one of the best ways to really see what it means to be a great negotiator. Observation is a great way to see the power of negotiation in action. Then you need to start practicing for yourself.

Get started by assessing the things you can lose for the things you gain. Negotiation is a two-way street for the most part so you need to take a look at what you are willing to let go in order to get what you want. If you are able to do this, it will allow you to see the bigger picture for the company so you can negotiate for fair terms. Remember that whatever you are choosing to let go will be the "gain" of another company so you really need to carefully weigh this decision and to be 100% sure it is the right one.

A person that is a master of negotiating is able to be very clear and convincing. You need to be confident in yourself and in your abilities in order to convince others as to why they need to listen to you and to actually agree to what you want. Negotiation isn't something that you need to be angry about and start getting aggressive. You just need to be firm on where you are at and to listen well in order to get a feel for the other party and to know what their situation is.

Part of being confident also means you need to learn how to hide your weaknesses. You don't want your vendors and others to see that you do have wiggle room because they will start to act "pricey" and this means they will try and close the deal at a higher cost than what you need to negotiate for. Hiding your weakness is vital to strong negotiation. However you also need to be able to exploit the weaknesses of your other party. This will allow you to get the best deal possible and to also make sure that you are the aggressor in the situation.

Negotiation is a game similar to poker. You need to be able to read into the situation and to learn how to improvise when necessary. You have to read faces and to get a feel for the people and the situation to know what your "cards" are. If you feel like the other party won't budge, you need to up the ante so to speak in order to get them to move.

Agreeing on terms that will be favorable for your business needs to be your biggest priority. Take time to prepare yourself ahead of time to get in tune with the needs of the company so you can go to the meeting prepared to negotiate on behalf of your company.

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