Why You Should Invest in Negotiation Training in 2020

By Brandon Voss | January 06, 2020

No matter how good a negotiator you are, you can always be better. What it all boils down to is that everyone can continuously improve their negotiation skills at any time, becoming more influential and persuasive along the way.  Being influential through the use of tactical empathy does not stop once you are out of a “business environment.

If your goal is to become better at negotiation—or you want to develop a team of expert negotiators—you may want to consider investing in negotiation training in 2020 and beyond.

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Unwilling to Make Concessions in Negotiation?: Do This Instead

By Chris Voss | December 30, 2019

You’ve got a logjam. The other side has dug in. Your boss may want you to make this deal or maybe there’s something else motivating you to work it out. The thought of giving in leaves you with a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach.

What should you do in this scenario? It’s easy: Unleash a tactical empathy nuke—a “that’s right” summary. 

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Labels vs. Questions: The Key to Unlocking ‘The Floodgates of Truth Talk’

By Chris Voss | December 23, 2019

Labels are the best information-gathering device out there. Bar none. This is so true that Brandon Voss of The Black Swan Group has even designated a subset of labels known as asking labels.

Why are we traditionally taught to ask questions? Because it’s the easiest way to gather information, or so teachers say. 

The Black Swan Group actually defines negotiation as an information-gathering and influence-building process. The problem is that most of the time, questions are a lousy way to gather information.

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Negotiation Tactics to Use Over Email, on the Phone, and Face to Face

By Brandon Voss | December 16, 2019

Whenever you interact with someone—whether it’s over email, on the phone, or face to face—they tend to remember two things about your encounter:

  1. The most intense moment of the conversation
  2. The last moment of the conversation

That said, different mediums of communication lend themselves better to different negotiation tactics. By letting those two ideas guide your negotiations and coupling them with medium-specific negotiation tools, you can become a more persuasive negotiator in any scenario.

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How to Get Your Counterpart to Bid Against Themselves

By Brandon Voss | December 09, 2019

You may not think that it’s easy to get the other side to bid against themselves. But you’d be wrong.

When you’re selling something, there’s a price point you have in mind. At the same time, your counterpart has their own general motivations when they come to the table. They have their own number in mind—or at least a range of numbers in mind—for what they’re willing to spend. And that’s what they’re focusing on.

If you want to get your counterpart to bid against themselves, you need to keep one thing in mind: The interaction is not about you—it’s about them.

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Send This Email to Negotiate Your Salary

By Chris Voss | December 02, 2019

You’ve landed a new job or been offered a promotion. Awesome.

How do you get paid more? Use the following subject line and then follow The Black Swan Group’s email negotiation guidelines.

How can I be guaranteed to be involved in projects that are critical to the strategic future of the company?

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What's the Deal with Anchoring in Negotiation?

By Chris Voss | November 04, 2019

Anchoring, or establishing a reference point in a negotiation, is a technique that can help you get the best deals. But it doesn’t always work that way.

Today, we’ll explore four rules of anchoring that can help you better understand how you can use this technique to get better deals.

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Why Logrolling Negotiation Is Garbage (And What to Do About It)

By Chris Voss | October 28, 2019

There are four reasons that logrolling negotiation—a negotiation strategy that’s solely based on making trade-offs—is garbage

  1. It’s a compromise.
  2. It’s lazy.
  3. It assumes a zero-sum game.
  4. It lacks tactical empathy. 
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What Does a "Collaborative Negotiation" Look Like?

By Chris Voss | October 14, 2019

How do you set a tone of collaboration that sticks—especially with someone that sees the negotiation as win-lose, and they want you to lose?

It’s easier than you might think. 

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Our 10 Most Popular Negotiation Terms That You Need to Know

By Brandon Voss | August 26, 2019

At Black Swan, we have a handful of negotiation terms that you’ve likely heard us say over and over again. Why? We are not in the business of reinforcing things that don’t affect your ability to influence your bottom line.

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