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If you frequently find yourself on the wrong side of a negotiation deal, then check out these four negotiating tips from Business on Main contributor, Barbara Findlay Schenck. As a business owner, you are constantly negotiating: whether it’s for a higher price for your services, a better agreement with a supplier or even an extra hour of work from an employee. The article offers advice on how to conduct yourself during the discussion as well as some don’ts, such as not using email to negotiate.
I also encourage you to prepare yourself before entering the discussion:
– Think of the outcome you’d like to achieve before walking in. Is there a certain point at which you will walk away, i.e. you won’t accept less than $800 for a design project?
– Research the person you’ll be dealing with to understand what’s important to them. This will ensure that you’ll focus on the right points during your discussion.
– Determine your BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement). It is the course of action that will be taken if an agreement cannot be reached during the current negotiation. It is important to have because it allows you to have options, even if the negotiation does not work out in your favor. To give you an example, say you want to purchase art supplies for your painting business, and you will be negotiating with two different suppliers. After speaking to the first supplier, he agrees to give you the art tools for $350. When you enter your negotiation with the second supplier, your BATNA would be $350 because you know you can get the tools from the first supplier for that price. You wouldn’t agree to pay $400 to the second supplier because you have a better alternative.
Because I really want you to succeed in your negotiations, I’d like to run a quick giveaway. After viewing the article at Business on Main and thinking of the business negotiations you’ve been in, explain in 300 words or less the #1 thing you’ll be doing to make your next negotiation a better one. Feel free to share a story of what worked and didn’t work for you in the past.
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3. The winner will be selected by Entrepreneur Resources.
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