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How to ruin negotiations very effectively in a few easy steps

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Ted Blackwater ▼ | August 6, 2018
There's no doubt you've been in a situation when you forgot that you have business negotiations arranged. Yes, that can happen in any organization and sometimes you just can't postpone it. And that's where your troubles start.
Negotiations   Trusting your instincts where you are in a hurry can be a bad thing
There is no way to tell the other side that you forgot, that would make you look very unprofessional. So, you are going there, trusting your instincts and making a few big mistakes along the way.

Here is a simple guide to show you how you can ruin every negotiations in a few easy steps.

The Step No1 to ruin it all: Forget your goals.

If you must run without preparation there's no time to think about your own goals and what you want to achieve. That in turn means that the other side will most probably get what they want and you'll get nothing.

You can't think about your best offer, the line you won't cross, about your strategy, their strategy... while at the same time actively participating in negotiations.

The Step No2: Forget their goals.

I mean, who cares, right? You have your own business to do, let the other think about their part.

Compromise? What compromise? You don't want compromise, you have your goals and don't care about other side's wishes and abilities to align their expectations with yours. It they want to do business with you, someone else will.

Step No3: Don't care about the competition.

It's between you and them, eye to eye, mano a mano, who cares what the competition has in mind. You can't live their life and mind their business, can you? So, who cares, take care about your own skin.

Step No4: Don't think about profit and loss.

It's important make a deal, any deal, and you'll think about the money later. In fact, there are other people in your company who are in charge for that, so forget about it, who cares about those little details.

And a bonus tip: Don't think about strategy.

Everybody knows you are a suceessful in your business, you went through all kind of situations, seen all, did everything, you're too experience to think about strategy. If a problem arises, you'll solve in at the spot.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who think like that. They jump head first and think later. Since the result is often a disaster, try not to be one of them.