2 Negotiations are Part of Life People negotiate all the time:Friends negotiate where to have dinner.Lawyers negotiate to settle disputes before they go to court.Nations negotiate to open their borders for free trade.Supervisors negotiate with their employees.Salespeople negotiate with their customers as well as with their counterparts in operations.
3 Negotiations Occur for One of Two Primary Reasons To create value for each party through exchangeTo resolve problems or disputes
4 Prepare for Negotiations Know the negotiation process.Have a BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement).Select an effective negotiation strategy.
5 The Negotiation Process Is Similar to the Buying/Selling Process Phase 1—Pre-Negotiation StrategyUnderstanding NegotiationsProspectingPre-call PreparationPhase 2—Negotiation Process StrategyApproaching the BuyerInvestigating NeedsDemonstrating CapabilityNegotiating ConcernsGaining Commitment
6 BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement) What is a BATNA? Before the negotiation, decide what you will do if nothing comes of the negotiation. Unless you have a plan B, your anxiety may reach dangerous proportions.Research shows that those with a strong BATNA will have better outcomes than those without or those with a fuzzy BATNA.
7 BATNA Examples Walking away Prolonging a stalemate Approaching another potential buyerMaking something in-house rather than procuring it externallyGoing to court rather than settlingForming a different allianceGoing on strike
8 BATNA DimensionsBATNAs set the threshold in terms of the full set of interests that any acceptable agreement must exceed.Both parties doing better than their BATNAs is a necessary condition for an agreement.Thus, BATNAs define a zone of possible agreement and determine the agreement’s location (between each party’s position).
9 BATNA ImportanceWith a good BATNA, you are confident in walking away from a negotiation if it does not meet your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.The better your BATNA appears both to you and to the other party, the more credible your threat to walk away becomes, and the more it can serve as leverage to improve the deal.
10 Basic Negotiation Strategies Competitive negotiations– Win-lose or hardball bargaining takes place.– Goals of parties are or appear at odds.Collaborative negotiations– Win-win or problem-solving bargaining takes place.– Goals of parties are not mutually exclusive.
11 Competitive Negotiations or Bargaining Competitive negotiation strategies and tactics are useful– when a negotiator wants to maximize value obtained in a single deal.– when the relationship with the other party is not considered important.
12 Collaborative Negotiations The fundamental structure of a collaborative negotiation is that it allows both sides to achieve their objectives.Although there may initially appear to be a win-lose to the parties, discussion and mutual exploration will usually suggest win-win alternatives.
13 Choosing a Negotiation Strategy Is the outcomeimportant?YES NOCollaboration AccommodationCompetition AvoidanceYESNOIs the futureof therelationshipimportant?
14 Negotiating Strategies— Another View HighLowAccommodating ProblemSolvingCompromisingAvoidance CompetingConcernaboutother’soutcomeLow HighConcern about own outcome
15 What About the Other Negotiating Strategies? AccommodatingAvoidanceCompromising
16 Accommodating Negotiation Strategy Accommodating is also known as yielding.Accommodating involves lowering one’s own aspirations to “let the other win” and gain what he or she wants.Accommodating may seem like a strange strategy to some, but it has its definite advantages in some situations.
17 Avoidance Negotiation Strategy Avoidance is also called inaction.With avoidance, parties show little interest in whether they attain their own outcomes, as well as little concern about whether the other party obtains his or her outcomes.Avoidance is often synonymous with withdrawal or passivity: The party prefers to retreat, be silent, or do nothing.
18 Compromising Negotiation Strategy Compromising is a middle way.Some do not believe that compromising is a viable strategy. They see it as a half-hearted attempt to satisfy the two parties’ interest or as a simple accommodation strategy by both parties.Some see compromising as a viable strategy.
19 The Negotiation TeamNegotiations are conducted (a) individual to individual, (b) team to team, or (c) team to individual.Negotiation team members each play roles that support and complement each other.Leader, good guy, bad guy, hard-liner, and sweeper are the classic negotiation team roles.
20 The LeaderThe leader is generally the one with the most experience, not necessarily the most senior member.Role responsibilities:1. Conducting the negotiation, calling on others when needed2. Ruling on matters of expertise3. Orchestrating the other members of the team
21 The Good GuyThe good guy is the person with whom most of the members of the opposing team will identify.Role responsibilities:1. Expressing sympathy and understanding for the opposition’s point of view2. Appearing to backtrack on a position previously held by his or her own team3. Lulling the members of the opposing team into a false sense of security allowing them to relax
22 The Bad GuyThe bad guy is the opposite of the good guy and attempts to make the opposition feel that the agreement could be more easily reached without him or her.Role responsibilities:Stopping the negotiations from proceeding if and when neededUndermining any argument or point of view the opposition puts forwardIntimidating the opposition and trying to expose their weaknesses
23 The Hard-LinerThe Hard-liner takes a tough line on everything and presents the opposition with complications and is often deferred to by his or her own team members.Role responsibilities:Delaying progress by using stalling tacticsAllowing others to retreat from soft offers that they might have madeObserving and recording the progress of the negotiations
24 The SweeperThe sweeper picks up and brings together all the points of view expressed and then puts them forward as a single cogent case—summarizes.Role responsibilities:Suggesting ways or tactics to get out of a deadlocked negotiationPreventing the discussion from straying to far from the main issuesPointing out any inconsistencies in the opposition’s argument
25 Tips for Negotiators Be prepared—do extensive homework. Have a strategy—and recognize the other party’s strategy and tactics and be prepared to flexibly use every negotiation technique/style you know.Develop your BATNA—and, know your opposition’s BATNA.Question and listen carefully—ask probing questions to better understand the other party’s perspective.Play your negotiation team role—ensure that your team operates like a symphony to beautifully and expertly implement your negotiation strategy.
26 Why Study Sales/Negotiations? Because as social beings, everybody continuously negotiates—trading one thing of value for something else of value.