The ability to negotiate effectively separates those who move ahead and those who are left behind.

Negotiation is the ability to sway opinions and viewpoints in your favor, through an impressive play of words and manipulation of gestures. It is due to this very nature of negotiation, that you would be able to reach for a job position or salary otherwise beyond your capacity. Successful negotiation is potent enough to transform your life, so it is of utmost importance that you learn to do it effectively.

1. Adjust your style to be a fusion of charisma and confidence

Your style of persuasion is only as effective as the positivity and confidence radiating from your inner self. Regardless of what you are trying to convey, your listener should be impressed by the way you carry yourself and how you express facts and opinions in a creative, but systematic way.

Often, your actual skills and abilities are overlooked and the primary center of focus instead becomes the charisma and confidence.

The integration of these two traits with negotiation will yield success for you, even if you might not be the best fit for a task or job. The reasoning behind this is that employers develop faith in your abilities from your negotiator’s style and they will believe that your weaknesses if any, can be abolished.

2. Prepare thoroughly

Research the subject matter and seek awareness of different perspectives that may be presented to you during the negotiation. Lack of preparation will weaken the matureness and determination with which you negotiate with others.

If you prepare for a negotiation with full dedication and commitment, others will consider you worthy of their time. Therefore, there is an increased likelihood of them listening to your demands. If you don’t negotiate at all, this too reveals to others your lack of drive and motivation.

Negotiation skill allows you to escape a life of mediocrity. The best negotiators weren’t born with an innate negotiating ability but gradually learned it.

3. Be flexible. Learn to improvise

Effective negotiation relies partially on your ability to speak when unexpectedly given the spotlight. As a negotiator, there is only so much preparation you can do because there are always unforeseen arguments or questions that may arise from the person that you are looking to strike the deal with.

Powerful negotiation skills originate from the combination of knowledge, preparation, and an ability to improvise.

The power of negotiation is often underestimated but it will surely form a solid foundation for you, empowering you to fight for life’s benefits and rewards the right way. Negotiation is the ultimate act of empowerment. 

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Basit Ali is a student at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Over the years, he has developed an exceptional interest in current business issues occurring on a global scale. As a commerce student,...

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