Golden Rule Four: Design an Offer-Concession Strategy

The most common question raised in my negotiation seminars is “When, if ever, should I make the first offer?” The second most common question is “How far should I move for my next concession?” This Golden Rule takes the guesswork out of when, where, and how to make...

Golden Rule Three: Employ “Fair” Objective Criteria

“I just want what’s fair and reasonable,” a friend said in the midst of his divorce. “That’s not too much to ask, is it?” “Of course not,” I replied. “The key here, though, is how to determine what’s fair and reasonable. I suspect you have a very different perception...

Golden Rule One: Information Is Power – So Get It

The first Golden Rule is essential to success in any negotiation: Information Is Power—So Get It! It’s critical to ask questions and get as much relevant information as you can throughout the negotiation process. You need sufficient information to set aggressive,...
What Is Leverage? 14 Rules for Using it Well

What Is Leverage? 14 Rules for Using it Well

What Is Leverage? 14 Rules for Using it Well What is Leverage? What most consider to be negotiation power — leverage — actually relates to two factors: how much each party needs that deal relative to the other, and the relative value of each party’s best alternative...
Price Not Always The Best Way to Lead Off Negotiations

Price Not Always The Best Way to Lead Off Negotiations

“Why waste time dealing with those other issues if we can’t even agree on price? Let’s just start with price and, if we can reach agreement on it, then we can address the rest.” This not-uncommon approach appears to make intuitive sense. After all, no one disputes the...