Negotiating

Fight last-minute negotiation demands

April 13, 2015
Some negotiators try to extract an extra concession at the last minute. If that happens, ask yourself, “Do I understand why they want this extra concession?”

Set a high bar for your next deal

February 17, 2015

Like many CEOs, Dan Quiggle also raised funds for his favorite nonprofit organizations. He recalls asking a billionaire for a hefty donation to a particular charity. Quiggle, co-founder and CEO of America’s Choice Title Co., made his pitch with care. He began by thanking the billionaire for his support …

How to handle intimidating negotiations

October 21, 2014
Negotiating with an influential person may feel like fighting a losing battle. If you’re about to go toe-to-toe with someone who has more status or power than you, quash your feelings of helplessness by preparing yourself mentally beforehand, suggests Brazen Career­­ist writer Savannah Marie. She offers these six tips.

Sealing deals with a handshake and a taco

September 24, 2014
After more than two years of testing a Doritos-flavored taco shell, Taco Bell still had not signed a contract to partner with the company that made Doritos. So as the date neared for a major launch, CEO Greg Creed invited Frito-Lay’s CEO to a meeting where they forged a handshake deal. Creed’s eagerness to forge ahead without an official contract paid off.

Dale Carnegie on winning friends

March 28, 2014

The 20th century guru of self-help, Dale Carnegie, followed his own recipe for success, becoming a crisp speaker, confronting fear and learning what people want. Here’s how he put it:

Lessons from a squeaky sofa

January 8, 2014
After Roger Schwarz bought a new sofa, he found that it squeaked when he sat on it at home. He complained to the store’s owner, who insisted that the sofa was identical to the others he sold—and they all squeaked. Schwarz and the owner decided to test three sofas at the warehouse …

Bridge the gap between foreign cultures

May 30, 2013
Executives in most developed countries speak at least some English. But you might still face cultural and linguistic obstacles. Consider the case of American business owners who travel to Tokyo to meet with Japanese executives to explore a possible joint venture.

To sway them, agree with them

May 13, 2013
When you try to persuade people, prepare for road bumps. They may not listen, behave courteously or even let you finish a sentence without interrupting. Don’t let their negativity defeat you.

Stay ‘in the zone’ when negotiating

April 24, 2013
Face it: Strong emotions can come into play when you negotiate. In 2011, the sale of a $3 million brownstone in New York’s Greenwich Village almost blew apart in a fight over a $300 washing machine. One of the buyers ripped up a seven-figure cashier’s check and stomped out to a bar. So what does this mean for you?

Persuasion starts with a succinct goal

February 11, 2013
Identify your goal before you try to persuade others. What action do you want them to take as a result of your remarks? To stay on track and keep things simple, reduce your goal to 12 words or fewer.