Women in Negotiation: 5 Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

By Sandy Hein | May 30, 2022

When it comes to high-stakes negotiations, women face unique circumstances. After all, men have long dominated negotiations, and the business world isn't necessarily designed for women.

The good news is that with the right approach, women can knock their negotiations out of the park.

To do this, they first need to become familiar with some of the common challenges women face in negotiations and what can be done to overcome them.

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The Top 12 Must-Read Books for Expert Negotiators

By Chris Voss | May 24, 2022

As MIT Professor Peter Senge once said, “the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”

How do you learn faster than the competition? Read. 

As a bonus, reading is also enjoyable and fulfilling. 

With that in mind, here are 12 books that should be in any expert negotiator's library.

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How To Get Buy-In With The 3 Most Effective Communication Techniques

By Brandon Voss | May 16, 2022

This blog was originally published on 03/6/2017 and updated on 7/16/2020.

Negotiation is an information-gathering process. It’s not about getting your points across. It’s about using Tactical Empathy™ to uncover the information you need to understand exactly where your counterpart is coming from—and then making sure they know that you understand them.

The best negotiators never sit down at the table hoping to get the other side to understand them. Just like Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, suggests, “Seek to understand before being understood.” 

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How to Negotiate Without Saying a Word

By Chris Voss | May 09, 2022

Is it ridiculous to think you can negotiate without saying a word? 

The infamous ratio The Black Swan Method™ teaches is 7:38:55. This means that the meaning of a message is the sum of words (7 percent), tonality (38 percent), and body language (55 percent).  

Keep reading to learn how to use nonverbal communication in negotiation.

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4 Leadership Behaviors to Avoid

By Derek Gaunt | May 02, 2022

The Black Swan Group often talks about what you can do to become a more effective leader. But if your goal is reaching your full potential as a leader, learning leadership behaviors to avoid is equally important.

Keep reading to learn more about four leadership behaviors to avoid—and what you can do instead to unlock that full potential.

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Black Swan Negotiation Skills Training: Mislabels

By Milton “Troy” Smith | April 25, 2022

The Black Swan Group often recommends using Labels™ to describe emotions that are displayed, verbalized, or implied but not directly articulated. In this negotiation skills training post, we will explore Mislabels—the Label’s counterpart.

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What Type of Negotiation Are You Walking Into?

By Brandon Voss | April 18, 2022

At a high level, The Black Swan Group believes that all negotiations are the same. Whenever you find yourself in a negotiation, regardless of the circumstances:

  • You and your counterpart will both need something from each other. 
  • Both of you will also need to manage negative emotions. 
  • You’re going to look like a threat when the negotiation gets started.
  • Ultimately, you want to get to a place where your counterpart is solving problems for you.

These concepts apply to every single negotiation. 

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Real Estate Negotiation Skills: How to Negotiate on Behalf of Your Buyer in Today’s Challenging Market

By Steve Shull | April 11, 2022

Modern real estate agents face an unprecedented market. Right now, there is a shortage of inventory that has never been seen before. As a result, houses are selling for $200,000, $500,000, and even $1 million over the asking price. 

To close deals in this market, agents need to rewire how they think when representing a buyer and negotiating on their behalf. 

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5 Negotiation Exercises for Women Working to Become Expert Negotiators

By Davi Johnson | April 04, 2022

Let’s face it: The business world isn’t always easy for women. 

No matter how accomplished and experienced we are, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before a counterpart will use our womanhood against us—or at least try to.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. 

Incorporate these negotiation exercises into your routine to increase the chances that your next deal goes off without a hitch.

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5 Exercises to Become an Expert Real Estate Negotiator

By Derek Gaunt | March 28, 2022

No matter how good of a real estate negotiator you are, you can always improve.

Here are five exercises expert real estate agents practice regularly to sharpen their skills and achieve better outcomes.

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