The Black Swan Method™ was originally designed for the cut-throat negotiator. Check out this quick clip to learn how to deal with these folks (and keep reading through to the end of the article for a bonus tip):Read More >
You have read Never Split the Difference™. You have thoroughly researched The Black Swan Group. You have subscribed to our newsletter. You have found out that many others took our online courses and benefited from that decision.
So, you decided to give it a try.
You may have attended Derek Gaunt's (author of Ego, Authority, Failure™) Negotiation Basics Course and probably subscribed to our Beyond the Book online training. Or perhaps you've taken Chris Voss’s MasterClass.
Is It Enough?Read More >
This blog was originally published on 11/26/2018 and updated on 10/22/2020.
That’s all the time you have to make a first impression, and you need to make a good one.
Watch these short two-minute videos to find out what you need to do during those seven seconds.
(Hint: It’s not confidence, and you don’t get there by asking yes-oriented questions. You also don’t get there by clubbing them with their first name over and over again.)Read More >
This blog was originally published on 5/28/2018 and updated on 9/10/2020.
When you’re responding to a counterproposal, you need to make sure you don’t get sucked into a game of sequential moves. When such a game is played between evenly matched players and you go second, you can only tie or lose.
Are you interested in playing a more complicated game of tic-tac-toe?
In the following post, we’ll walk you through three things to keep in mind when you’re responding to a counterproposal:Read More >
I’m on the wrong side of customs in Australia, and my bags are still inside. I’m not interested in getting stranded or missing my connection, and I’m also not keen on wearing the same clothes for five days and brushing my teeth with the hotel-provided toothbrush.
Here’s how I got out of this jam: I’m here to sign up for the Stupid American of the Year Award.
But first: How did I get into this predicament to begin with?Read More >
This blog was originally published on 7/23/2018 and updated on 9/3/2020.
When you go into a negotiation that is likely to be combative, there are strategies you can adopt to overcome those points of contention.
Most of these strategies involve ignoring your natural inclinations to right the wrongs, explain the why, and promise to make sure your counterpart won’t have to experience the irritation ever again.
Keep reading to learn five strategies you can use to disarm the attack.Read More >
In a previous post, we outlined the important role mindset—the set of attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions that governs your behavior—plays in negotiation.
When you head into a negotiation expecting that there won’t be any issues, you’ll be knocked off balance when issues invariably rear their ugly head.
On the other hand, when you head into a negotiation expecting that there will be issues, you’ve come in with the proper mindset for navigating whatever obstacles arise with agility and dexterity.
Understanding the importance of mindset is one thing. Knowing how to develop your mindset before a negotiation is quite another. With that in mind, here are four steps that can help you get into the right frame of mind before you sit down at the table.Read More >
Your mindset affects everything in a negotiation. It governs how you act, how you speak, and how you react to what the other side says. That’s why it’s so important to have the right mindset whenever you sit down at the table.
If you go into a negotiation determined to make the communication about them, you’re going to crush it. If you go in with the mentality that you’re going to be happy no matter what, you won’t be depressed regardless of what happens.Read More >
Anytime there is a want or need, you are in a negotiation. Normally, we attribute more importance to the negotiations that we perceive will result in a bigger and better outcome.
Consequently, we don’t put much emphasis on low-stakes negotiations. This is because, in these situations, we are typically getting the essentials of what we want out of the transaction without much effort. And with that, we sometimes deprive ourselves of a better outcome.Read More >
Nonverbal cues and body language play a crucial role in negotiations. For example, many of us nod our heads yes to show the other side we agree with what they’re saying, and we shake our heads no to get the other side to pause and reflect.
For many of us, thinking about body language stops here. But the more conscious you are about using body language as a tool in negotiations, the more effective your efforts will be.
Here’s one body language negotiation technique to try next time you find yourself at the table: Lean forward toward your counterpart and turn your head to show them that you are trying to listen more intently by facing your ear in their direction.Read More >