3 Scenarios to Practice Your Negotiation Skills

By Brandon Voss | December 10, 2018

There’s one commonality that all effective negotiators share: they consciously make the decision to negotiate in their daily lives. It may sound simple, but deciding to negotiate in real-life situations demands stepping out of your comfort zone. In reality, it’s uncomfortable. When you decide to negotiate, you risk feeling weird or awkward, regardless of your age, intelligence, or experience level. Choosing to negotiate also means deciding to be present, to focus your attention, and to engage with your environment and your counterpart in a more deliberate way—all of which can be hard to muster if you’re tired or simply not in the mood.

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4 Steps to Gaining the Upper Hand in a Negotiation

By Chris Voss | December 03, 2018

The secret to gaining the upper hand in a negotiation is to give the other party the illusion of control. But how do you flip the control dynamic on its head?

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Seven Seconds: How to Crush Your First Impression

By Chris Voss | November 26, 2018

How much time do you have to make a first impression? Seven seconds.

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Why Compromise is the Enemy of Agreement

By Brandon Voss | November 19, 2018

We’ve all heard the old adage that “compromise is the secret to a good marriage.” It’s not uncommon to hear compromise linked to things like love and compassion. If we’re unwilling to compromise, we fear that we’ll be seen as unfair, rigid, or unempathetic. As kids, most of us were taught that compromise is an ideal method of solving a dispute and an effective framework for agreement (i.e., sharing).

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5 Elements of Emotional Intelligence to Use During Negotiation

By Brandon Voss | November 05, 2018

As former FBI negotiators and professional negotiation coaches, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about emotional intelligence (EQ). There’s a reason why EQ is a fundamental part of the Never Split the Difference methodology and one of the most versatile and powerful skills you can possess. Here are five elements of emotional intelligence you can use during a negotiation.

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How to Negotiate Your Way into a Job: 4 Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

By Brandon Voss | September 24, 2018

Job hopping can be a slog, but it’s also one of the most effective ways to move up and earn more. The average person will change jobs around 12 times in a 30-year span, or once every 2.5 years. And the pressure to keep moving is real—a study done in 2014 showed that those who stuck out a job beyond two years ended up earning a whopping 50 percent less over the course of their lifetime than their job-hopping counterparts.

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How to Negotiate with Difficult People

By Chris Voss | September 17, 2018

“I’m here to sign-up for the stupid American of the day award.”  

What made me say that? I’m on the wrong side of customs in Australia and my bags are still inside. And I’m not interested in getting stranded and missing my connection, or wearing the same clothes for five days and brushing my teeth with the hotel provided toothbrush.

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Five Key Components of Effective Negotiation

By Derek Gaunt | September 04, 2018

No matter the context or the stakes, every effective negotiation strategy relies on these five factors. Are you effectively using all five?

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4 Ways To Improve Your Team's Communication

By Brandon Voss | August 27, 2018

There’s a difference between negotiating at the same time and negotiating as a team. If you’re laser-focused on getting your turn to speak and nailing your part in a negotiation, you’re leaving money on the table. In fact, if you’re consumed with your next move, you’re  setting yourself to fall short. Below, we’ve laid out four tips for improving your team’s communication and effectiveness in a negotiation.

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Use It Or Lose It: 4 Ways to Practice Your Negotiation Skills

By Brandon Voss | August 20, 2018

If you’ve ever taken a negotiation course or read a book on negotiation, you’ve likely learned some techniques for effective communication. But unfortunately, negotiation is not like riding a bike. Much like a foreign language, unless you regularly practice the techniques, those valuable skills you learned will begin to decline over time.

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