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Mastering the Art of Negotiation: 5 Strategies for Winning Every Deal

Welcome to my blog! Today, we’re diving into a treasure trove of negotiation wisdom. Whether you realize it or not, we negotiate daily. We’re playing a high-stakes game of wits and strategy, aiming to emerge as winners while maintaining respect and cooperation. So, let's learn from the strategies shared on my YouTube channel, "Give Me The Mic".

The 5 Strategies for Winning Any Negotiation!

Planning is Your Best Ally

The cornerstone of any successful negotiation lies in meticulous planning. Abiding by the adage, "Failing to plan is planning to fail," is particularly pertinent in the nuanced game of negotiations. Before entering the negotiation arena, equip yourself with an in-depth understanding of the subject matter, ascertain your options, and hold a strong set of cards close to your chest. Having a well-charted plan not only bolsters your position but also provides the leverage of walking away when the negotiations don’t sway in your favor. Having alternatives up your sleeve is not just a safety net, but a formidable advantage that could shift the negotiation dynamics substantially.

Choosing the Right Communication Medium

The conduit through which you communicate in negotiations can significantly tilt the scales. Face-to-face interactions are often the gold standard for important discussions, given that a staggering 93% of communication is non-verbal. The nuances of facial expressions, body language, and the tone of voice can provide a wealth of information and influence the negotiation trajectory. Ensuring your message hits home and creates the desired impact is pivotal in swaying the negotiation in your favor. So, choose a communication medium that lends weight to your message, ensuring it resonates with the other party.

Breaking Down the Problem

A nuanced understanding of the negotiation landscape is crucial. Delve into the minutiae of every aspect involved, dissecting them to understand the bigger picture better. If you have a penchant for negotiation intricacies, dig deeper into the intentions and aspirations of the individuals across the table. Uncovering these layers could unravel a treasure trove of negotiation leverage, providing a clearer roadmap towards a mutually beneficial agreement. By understanding the driving forces behind the opposing party's stance, you position yourself to navigate through the negotiation maze more effectively.

Psychological Play

Negotiations transcend mere discussions; they are a cerebral game. Employing psychological tools like mirroring—where you subtly mimic your opponent's language or body language—can foster a sense of understanding and rapport. Master the art of active listening, making the other party feel heard and acknowledged. Harness the power of awkward silences to nudge the other party into revealing their cards. These psychological nuances can unveil hidden agendas and fears, providing a valuable leverage that could be the linchpin in achieving a favorable outcome.

Negotiation Currencies

The scope of negotiations extends beyond the mere price tag. Various currencies like time, quality, service levels, and specific terms and conditions play a crucial role. It's imperative to prioritize these currencies according to your objectives, and tactically maneuver them to navigate through apparent dead-ends. A savvy negotiator knows when to leverage these alternative currencies to foster a more collaborative and fruitful discussion. The aim is to enlarge the pie collectively rather than squabble over a small piece. By expanding the negotiation horizon beyond price, you pave the way for a more amicable and rewarding negotiation outcome.

By delving into these strategies and adopting a well-rounded approach, you not only enhance your negotiation prowess but also foster relationships that could lead to more fruitful collaborations in the future.

Bonus Tactics: The Nibble, Good Cop and Bad Cop, and Anchoring

1. The Nibble:

  • Explanation: The Nibble is a negotiation tactic used to ask for small extras, often at the last minute, after the main deal has been agreed upon.
  • Example: Imagine you're buying a car, and after agreeing on the price, you ask if they could throw in floor mats or a tank of gas as a small extra.

2. Good Cop and Bad Cop:

  • Explanation: This is a psychological tactic where two negotiators work together, with one acting tough, unfriendly, or strict (the bad cop), while the other is friendly, understanding, and reasonable (the good cop). The contrasting attitudes create a sense of relief and a willingness to cooperate with the good cop.
  • Example: In a salary negotiation, one manager might play the role of the bad cop, focusing on budget constraints and performance metrics, while the other manager (the good cop) empathizes with your position, making it seem like they are on your side, encouraging you to accept the offer on the table.

3. Anchoring:

  • Explanation: Anchoring is a tactic where you set a reference point for negotiations by being the first to put a number or term on the table. This anchor often influences the subsequent negotiation discussions.
  • Example: In a job offer negotiation, if you are the first to mention a salary figure, that figure sets the expectation for the rest of the negotiation. If you anchor high, even if the final agreement is lower, it may still be higher than if the employer had been the first to mention a salary figure

    Ten more worthy to mention: Ploys!

    1. The Salami Technique: Slice up the negotiation issues, dealing with them one at a time rather than as a whole. This way, you can address each point individually, making the negotiation more manageable.
    2. The Bracketing Method: Offer a range of acceptable outcomes instead of a fixed point. This can create a perception of flexibility and leave room for negotiation.
    3. The Bogey: Pretend something is important to you when it isn’t, with the intention of giving it up later as a perceived compromise.
    4. The Decoy: Offer an alternative that you know will be rejected, but which makes other options look more appealing.
    5. The Krunch: Apply pressure by saying things like, “You’ll have to do better than that.” It’s a simple yet effective way to get the other side to lower their price or offer better terms.
    6. The Flinch: React with surprise or disappointment to a proposal, showing through body language that you find an offer unacceptable, encouraging the other party to try and improve their offer.
    7. Take it or Leave it (TIOLI): Present your offer as a final one, with no room for negotiation, forcing the other side to either accept or reject.
    8. The Trial Balloon: Float an idea without actually committing to it to see how the other party reacts.
    9. The Hot Potato: When a problem arises, instead of solving it yourself, pass it back to the other party and let them figure it out.
    10. The Reverse Auction: If you have multiple parties vying for your business, let them know, encouraging a competitive atmosphere which may lead to better offers.


    The road to becoming an ultimate negotiator requires a blend of preparation, understanding, psychological insight, and the ability to think beyond price. The strategies and tactics shared serve as a robust foundation for anyone looking to hone their negotiation skills. A skilled negotiator not only wins the deal but ensures that the counterpart also leaves with a feeling of accomplishment. So the next time you find yourself in a negotiation, remember these strategies.

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