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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How to Improve Your Sales Performance with Thought-Shaping Questions

By Brandon Voss | March 21, 2022

A Thought-Shaping Question™ shapes your counterpart’s thoughts and makes them realize things they might not have thought of otherwise. They are different from Calibrated Questions™ (e.g., What challenges do you face? or How do you handle this process internally?), which are designed to uncover data.

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Negotiation Tips for Women: How to Confidently Approach Your Counterpart

By Sandy Hein | March 14, 2022

It’s not always easy for women to be confident in the world of high-stakes negotiations. After all, women and men are often treated differently in the workplace, so many women face an uphill battle when they sit down at the table.

Here are some negotiation tips for women to keep in mind to ensure your next engagement delivers the results you’re hoping for.

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Negotiation Tips Post-Mortem: How to Identify Your Missteps

By Milton “Troy” Smith | March 07, 2022

Here’s a negotiation tip: The world’s most effective negotiators understand that they can always sharpen their skills and improve, regardless of the outcome of their last engagement.

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