Know What You Want
IT IS AMAZING how many people enter into a negotiation without knowing precisely what they want to achieve, and so they make up their goals and desires as they go along. They are easily influenced, persuaded, and manipulated to buy or sell at higher or lower prices.
The solution for this predicament is for you to think through your ideal desired outcomes in advance. Ask yourself the question, “If this negotiation worked out perfectly for me, what result would I achieve?”
Think on paper. Write out and describe everything that you want, in advance. People who know exactly what they want, and have written it down, have a distinct advantage over those who are vague or unsure.
Discuss It with Others
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