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Negotiation Skills Training

- One Day Course
Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations. Negotiation Skills Training
  • Get the best possible result from negotiations
  • Avoid the perils of a badly managed negotiation
  • Prepare your Negotiable Variables
  • Decide your negotiation strategy in advance
  • Don’t give away too much in return for too little
  • Manage the emotions; yours and theirs
  • The “Games negotiators play”
Learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people who are facing similar situations as you.

About this Negotiation Skills Training Course

Negotiation skills are very important because an organisation has to trade successfully with its partners.

These skills are a specialised form of communication that endeavours to find a mutually beneficial long term solution.

Negotiation skills training will enable your team to agree the best results possible from any negotiation situation.

Negotiation is a combination of skills that include good preparation, excellent communication and emotional management.

A successful outcome depends on knowing and applying the principles of proper negotiation.

If the negotiation is NOT well prepared, then it will be “messy” and you will NOT get the best result possible.
If the negotiation is prepared, then it will be very successful and you will get the best result possible.

This course was very good and organized. Easy to follow and enjoyable. I learnt many things which I can’t wait to apply. The trainer’s presentation was fantastic. Memory-aided techniques using diagrams, highlighting and bullet point key words really helped.

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Negotiation Skills Training - One Day Course Overview

Day One - Morning

  • What is unique about negotiation communication
  • Why negotiation is a vital skill
  • The ten tools of negotiation
  • Decide what you want
  • Prepare your Negotiable Variables
  • Decide your negotiation strategy in advance
  • Don’t give away too much in return for too little
  • Manage the emotions; yours and theirs

Day One - Afternoon

  • Keep an eye on your emotional states
  • Trade concessions, don’t give them away
  • Maintain your integrity
  • Once agreed stick to the agreement
  • Watch for bargaining activity before deadlines
  • Be wary of tough talk
  • The games that some negotiators play
  • Record and prepare in writing

Available Dates and Locations

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Dates to suit you

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Please note all our training courses include optional three months FREE telephone coaching to answer any on-going questions.

Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00.
6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning

Our Open Training Courses run in: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Maidstone, Kent, Glasgow, Scotland, Leeds, Gloucestershire.
In-house courses can be run in the UK or worldwide to suit you.

The course content was mixed and kept me attentive. I appreciated all the examples and stories, much easier to learn from experiences. The trainer was very interactive. I enjoyed working in pairs, definitely helped content sink in.

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Negotiation Skills Training Course Content

Negotiation Skills Training - Day One - AM

Optimum Zone

Negotiation skills are a specialised form of thought and communication.

There are specific circumstances where you are likely to need negotiation skills:

  1. With friends and colleagues
  2. With buyers and sellers
  3. In conflict situations

In any negotiation, there are three realms to consider.

  1. The solutions that you would prefer.
  2. The solutions that the other person would prefer.
  3. The solutions that are logically possible.

The intersection of these three fields, (i.e. all the solutions that are mutually desirable and that are also logically possible), we will call The Optimum Zone.

Negotiation is a specialised form of thought and communication

It creates long term, mutually beneficial agreements.
Negotiation is a process by which all parties should achieve a benefit.

What is negotiation NOT?

Negotiation is not the act of appeasement and surrender: Negotiation is not the act of continuing to give multiple concessions to the other person until he-she is happy and has everything he-she wants.

Negotiation is about trading concessions, not giving them away

Negotiation is not the act of mental intransigence:
Negotiation is not the act of saying “Take it or leave it”.

The Ten Tools of Negotiation given in the order of their appearance on success formula

Here are the ten commandments of negotiation

If you want to improve your negotiation skills, memorise and apply this list of ten principles.

1. Be clear what you want

Write it down your desired outcome from this negotiation

Write down your “At least list”. The at least list is the minimum level that you can accept as a good result.

Know too, what you do not want. Recognise and identify what is not good enough for you.

Knowing what you want is the critical step. Be specific.

Know why you want it.

2. Think Win /Win

Therefore, if the final agreement is to be sustainable, then, there has to be genuine value for both parties.

Both parties must win something from the negotiation.

This has become known as a Win / Win solution.

3. Always prepare for each negotiation.

Prepare your entry and exit points.

Prepare a list of negotiable variables. A negotiable variable is a factor that you can add into the equation or one that you can remove in order make your proposition more attractive to the other person without damaging your own self-interest. The ideal is to have negotiable variables that are perceived as high value to the other person but they are of low cost to you, to provide.

4. Don’t automatically agree to their first proposal

I.e. develop a tendency to say “no” to their first proposal.
Saying “Yes” to their opening proposal may leave you open to You Lose/ They Win solution.

The course was very informative and useful training content. The trainer's presentation was very good. Kept peoples interest and moved on quickly. Excellent how we revisited what we had learnt each session. This helped us to recall what has been taught.

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Negotiation Skills Training - Day One - PM

5. Maintain your good business ethics and moral principles

Be professional. Be aware of your principles of good practice. You are at work to ADD value. The proper principles here are Productivity and Trade.

Give only “Something for something”. Not something for nothing.

Other principles of business:

  • Honesty: honesty is not only a moral virtue, it is also good business! Never cheat anyone.
  • Reliability. Promise only what you can deliver. Don’t fail to deliver on your promises. Deliver on all your promises.
  • Profit. Don’t give things away. Your role is that of a profitable trader. And both parties can profit from the trade.

6. Watch for bargaining activity just before a deadline

Deadlines can produce extra leverage, which can be used to gain a concession. So be emotionally prepared to use this fact, or resist it.

7. Avoid trying to “drive a hard bargain” by unnecessary tough talk

Tough aggressive talking is not good practice; aggressive talking may be seen, by the other side, as a signs of stupidity, crassness, and intransigence.

“Tough talk” in the sense of needless aggressiveness is bad.

Take a tough position but keep your communication style professional and relaxed.

8. Learn the details of compromise

Always maintain respect for the other person’s identity as you question his proposition.

  1. To compromise your values, standards or ethical principles is no good. You should not do it.
  2. To compromise on issues of price and negotiable variables is good. You should do it.
Once agreed, stick to the agreement

9. Once agreed, stick to the agreement

If the other person wants to change the package, that is fine, but only if the terms change too.

Use the magic phrase, “Yes. I can do that for you…… but only if….. ”

Ensure you have a list of your negotiable variables.

10. Keep your own emotional state

Stay relaxed, focused and adaptable.

Don’t go into a negotiation in a bad mood.
Don’t go into a negotiation situation in a tired state.

Common tactics of negotiators

During a negotiation, you are likely to hear the other side use some of the following tactics, in order to gain a free concession from your side.

You may want to think about the following tactics, in order to decide:

  • Whether you are able to utilise any of these tactics in your own proposition, to your own advantage.
  • If you are on the receiving-end of any of these tactics, then what will be your response?

Here are the negotiation tactics you need to prepare for:

  1. The claim that their first offer is also their final offer.
  2. They suggest that you “split the difference”.
  3. To appeal to Need.
  4. To appeal to your “better nature”
  5. Appeal to anger
  6. Appeal to friendship
  7. Appeal to a higher authority
  8. Appeal for a “loss leader”


When to compromise and when to not to

Compromise is the act of finding the middle- ground between two opposing points of view, in the hope of finding the “Happy medium” that is acceptable to both parties.

It can be a useful and valid method of handling conflict situations or solving dilemmas.
It can also be a terrible mistake that will cost you all your credibility as a decision maker!

Example of a “no compromise” Identity situation and negotiation.

Develop excellent communication skills

The channels of communication:

  • The words and phrases, vocabulary and verbal content.
  • The voice tones: confident assertive, or not.
  • Body language: appropriate and effective or not.

Training course content was very good, well thought out and built up a good story as day went on. Trainer's presentation was very good, could understand and follow at all levels.

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The Course Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

Open Training Course Pricing and Availability

Please contact us for open course training availability. The regular Open Course cost includes:

  • A full day of quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal

Plus, 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

Course Timings

Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30.
Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00.

6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning.

After the course, how can you keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

In-House Training Course Pricing and Proposal

This course is also available as a bespoke in-house group training course in the UK and worldwide.

We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs. In-House Group training costs from just £1,950 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).

This price includes:

  • Full days training
  • Full course training manual
  • Personal written action plans
  • Access to the post course portal
  • Three months free telephone coaching

Contact Us Today

Please call us on +44 020 3856 3008 to discuss your requirements for the in-house training course.

If you want to know more about any other Management Training Courses, or their suitability for you or a colleague, call us on +44 020 3856 3008.

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Negotiation Skills Training Course Quiz

Take this course quiz to see where you are strong and where you are NOT so strong.

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Score yourself out of 10 for each of the following questions. With 10 representing excellence and 0 representing terrible.

1. Get the best performance from yourself and others

To what degree do you think you have realised your full potential. Do you think you are already as good as you can be? or do you think you have more potential that is currently being unused?

Score higher for 'as good as you can be' and lower for 'unused potential'