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What Is Sustainable Negotiation?

What is meant by the “completion” of a negotiation? Is it when the deal is signed? And how do you maintain the relationship once your negotiation is complete? Eliane Karsaklian has developed the concept of building sustainable relationships, which she calls “sustainable negotiation.” What is a sustainable negotiation? Eliane based sustainable negotiation on the laws of physics. She’s learned that most decisions that are made in negotiations are short-term. Short-term... Read more

How to Win the Negotiation with Yourself

One of the hardest challenges of any negotiation is winning the negotiation with yourself. You’re familiar with your inner dialogue, right? You’ll ask yourself things like: Can I do that? Will he do that? Is this good enough? You’re always negotiating with yourself, whether you’re conscious of it or not. But if you can win that negotiation, you’re 90% of the way there. You have to think positively, be willing... Read more

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The Holy Sales Trinity

According to Sales Guru Carson Heady, the “Holy Sales Trinity” consists of your company, your customer, and you. You have to understand what is a win for each of these people and prioritize them. You have to understand their priorities, key timelines, perspectives, budget, milestones, etc. As you work through a deal, you have to tie everything to the spirit of the partnership. Your responsibility is to understand the process... Read more

Why Flexibility is Important in Negotiation

Flexibility means being aware of everything that is happening and adjusting to the situation. Svitlana Kaltisun believes that the more flexible you are, the better the outcome of your negotiations, whether it’s negotiation over a job, communication with a client, or ending a war. Svitlana used to wonder how people could change their minds so easily, sometimes overnight. She admits in the past that she was immovable in her opinions... Read more

Building trust in your organization

Building Trust in Your Organization 

Debra Roberts is a self-proclaimed conversation expert, and rightfully so. She developed the “Relationship Protocol Communication Model,” a way of communicating with your employees or loved ones (and everyone in between). She also has a clinical background as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and is both a trauma and business consultant. Everyone knows that to build a thriving organization, you need a foundation of communication and trust. But building... Read more

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Collaboration is Key with Scope of Work Clauses

A problem—that I see often—is that after contract execution, companies realize that they aren’t getting the full value of what they thought they were going to get. How do you prevent that from happening? Do you write the scope of work clause broadly, so it can flex? Jeanette Nyden points out that the Covid lockdown impacted the US ports. 4-6 months after the recording of this episode, the supply chain... Read more

The Basics of Negotiating with Investors

Zack Storms founded a non-profit called Startup TNT, a community that works not only to educate potential investors but to bridge the gap between investors and founders looking for funding. TNT has created a safe space for founders to negotiate and navigate the challenging system without fear they’ll do something wrong. It’s about building a supportive community where you can learn and grow. The process can be overwhelming when founders... Read more

How to Win Arguments (On Substance OR Procedure)

Most negotiators understand the basic premise that a contract is a decision that you've agreed to, usually in written form. But what happens when a question comes up? Two parties often want that question answered differently. You both refer to the agreement that you made. You know you’re bound by that agreement. The question, then, is how you interpret those words and understand what you agreed on. In episode #311... Read more

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Using Second-Level Assessment Questions to Navigate Differing Perceptions of Value

During an interaction with a prospective customer, do you find ways to give them value? 80% of buyers say they don’t get anything of value from salespeople. The problem is that salespeople think they’re offering value. But there’s a gap between what they perceive as valuable and what the customer perceives as valuable. It’s a major problem. If your buyers don’t perceive the value, it doesn’t matter. What can you do? Ask... Read more

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Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers

Joanna Shea has almost 20 years of experience in the corporate world working on major acquisitions and divestments. Three years ago, she branched out and joined the Negotiations Collective. The Negotiations Collective blends the corporate world and behavioral psychology. Among many other specialties, the Negotiations Collective offers training on navigating conflict within negotiations. Joanna and her team members (Calvin Chrustie, Scott Tillema, and Melissa Fortunato) bring a breadth of experience... Read more