Summary of Successful Negotiating
Letting the Other Person Have Your Way
Negotiation is not war. The sooner you learn this simple lesson, the better your chances of leaving the bargaining table a winner.
Ginny Pearson Barnes’ book declares that negotiations should not be wars of attrition or clashes of egos. Instead, they should be mutually beneficial dialogues that involve an open exchange of ideas, mutual respect and a celebration of differences. Sound a little simplistic? Perhaps. But the book is crisply written and covers all the points that one would expect: determining which side of a negotiation holds the power, using body language to your advantage and crafting fall-back positions. While some of Barnes’ advice, like finding satisfaction in defeat, will sound a bit trite to hardened negotiators, she does present some interesting bargaining-table techniques, including some innovative ways to derail a domineering opponent. Nevertheless, veterans of hard-fought deliberations likely will find Successful Negotiating a bit soft in detail, so getabstract.com recommends the book to rookie negotiators who want to know what to expect when they step into the smoke-filled room.
In this summary, you will learn
- What important facts you should know about negotiating;
- How people’s higher-order needs influence their behavior in negotiations; and
- What seven negotiation strategies you can choose from.
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