This is default featured slide 2 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
This is default featured slide 5 title
 

Monthly Archives: March 2018

Negotiation For Small Business

Do Not Shy
The very first business negotiation tip for small businesses is that you should be willing to negotiate. There is no point in avoiding talking about money. At other times, people may be right when they believe that it is demeaning and rude; but when a business negotiation is going on, you cannot afford to be unwilling to talk about money. On the contrary, it may become an expensive affair.

Do Not Show Emotions
Another business negotiation tip for small businesses is that you should not involve yourself emotionally in the deal. Attaching yourself emotionally to win the deal will produce a negative impact. Emotionally involved people even start shouting, threatening and wanting to get their way by using any means necessary, resulting in a negative exposure of their image. Here, you should keep in mind that a deal can take place only when both parties believe that they are gaining something from it. On the contrary, such intense emotional behavior may force the other person to walk away from the table.

Don’t Be Deceived By Rules Tricks
One more business negotiation tip for small businesses is to not let the other person deceive you by showing you any type of rules. For example, if you make some changes in the contract before signing it and the other party tells you that you cannot make such changes, then you are stuck. In this situation, you must tell them categorically that since both the parties are signing the contract, it is not possible that only one party has the rights to make changes in the contract. Many experienced negotiators use these tactics because they understand that most of the people do not wish to break any rules. If it happens to you, then ask the other person to show you the proof of existence of such rules. However, if the other party has any objections, then they can be resolved by sitting together.

Should Become an Expert Negotiator

The work of an expert negotiator is to make sure that two or more parties making a transaction reach a common ground that is not just satisfactory but comfortable for everyone involved. The demand for experienced negotiators are increasing at an alarming rate with each passing day and this means there are so many job opportunities available in the expert negotiation field in spite of the bad economic climate the whole world is experiencing at the moment. You will never run out of work as an efficient expert negotiator.

Unlike other kinds of jobs that pay fixed salaries, there are no limits on the amount of money you can earn as an expert negotiator. This means you can literally write your own paycheck working as an expert negotiator if only you build a reputation as a competent one. With an increasing number of negotiation jobs, you will be gaining more experience which will boost your income levels.

Anyone can be train to become an highly successful negotiator with commitment dedication and strong will to succeed. It doesn’t require you to have a high level of academic degrees to succeed in the negotiation world and you can certainly become a competent negotiator with confidence, patience and the desire to learn the ins and outs of the industry.

You can train to become a negotiator whether you work full time in the corporate world or work from home and this can be a great additional stream of income. Within a few months, your income from expert negotiation jobs could become even greater than your regular salary.

Must know about Sales Negotiation Psychology

Sales professionals who can conduct effective sales negotiations are able to avoid losses, build profits, and close more sales. There is no doubt that success rates dramatically increase along with a sales executive’s business negotiation skills. Any person who strives for excellent results – not just average or good results – should invest in a very strong negotiation training program to fully enhance his or her skills.

What You Need to Know

As a sales professional, there are certain business negotiation skills that you absolutely must learn and cultivate. These include:

o Know how to find, pursue, and successfully close opportunities

o Effectively evaluate your sales negotiation performance and continually improve

o Learn how to ask the right questions to know what your counterpart needs

o Understand how to determine a counterpart’s sales negotiation style

o Know when to make concessions to ensure fairness and save value

o Build confidence through effective negotiation skills

o Enhance your cross cultural negotiating skills

o Know how to devise effective strategies to support the sales cycle

Invest in Consistent Improvement

Even if you think you possess strong negotiation skills already, you can never know enough. A good course in negotiating will teach you things that will increase your bottom line exponentially. There are so many nuances and fine points in the world of sales that no professional should ever be comfortable with his or her knowledge. You should always be seeking to improve yourself by partaking in negotiation training programs that will challenge you and build upon your abilities.

Info of Negotiating Technology Contracts

I receive at least three calls each day from technology vendors interested in selling something: hardware equipment, software tools, consulting services, etc. Usually, these calls are “cold”. My name somehow landed on a telemarketing list in the hands of some vendor who is calling me out of the clear blue sky hoping that what they sell somehow matches what I need. You can waste hours on the phone letting some non-technical, script-reading, telemarketer or sales representative chew your ear off about their latest and greatest gizmo. Very rarely do these types of calls ever translate into a real business opportunity.

The most popular cold call opening is “Good morning. This is Joe from the XYZ software company. We offer break through whatever solutions to help you reduce your total cost of ownership for whatever. Let me ask you, are your responsible for managing your companies whatever investment?” I get so many of these calls that I can answer them in my sleep. Years ago, I used to engage in some level of discussion with these people and it always went nowhere. Unless you really think they’ve got something you might want to buy, cut them off immediately. And just like any telemarketer, they have a scripted response for anything. If you answer the above question with “No. I am not”. The immediate response will be “Could you direct me to someone in the company that is responsible for whatever”. If you hand out a name and number, you’re just passing the buck to some other poor soul in your organization. My favorite response is “No. We don’t respond to phone solicitations.” Nine times out of ten, they will give up.

Sometimes, the cold caller will make another run at it and re-state their purpose or as they close the call, sneak in another sales pitch. “Yes sir. I understand. We offer something really great for your company and would love to send you a free trial version at absolutely no cost. Its free to try.” You could be tempted to say “Free? Tell me more.” Again, this type of response will just open up the sales speech flood gates and you will be wasting your time trying to get a word in edge-wise. Stick to your guns: “As I said. We don’t respond to phone solicitations.” is the proper response. If they make yet one more run at it, the final blow would be “Not sure if you’re deaf, but I said we don’t respond to phone solicitations. Tell me your name and transfer me to your supervisor.” You will either hear apologies or a dial tone. Either way, you’ve just gotten yourself off of a call list and will never be bothered again.

If you’re interested in buying something, you do the calling, not the other way around.

Put The Horse Before The Cart

Never begin looking for technology solutions without knowing what you’re looking for. Know the business problem you’re trying to solve. If you know you need a software package that automates statistical analysis, flush out a more detailed set of statistics requirements (types of model, sample sizes, etc.) before you begin to shop around. Usually, software products have bells and whistles that, although look cool, are not absolutely needed. Before you begin comparison shopping, define your basic technology and business requirements. Knowing what you really need will give you confidence and leverage in a negotiation.

Always Comparison Shop

No matter what, always evaluate multiple options. If you’re looking for software, don’t get excited and latch on to the first package that looks good. And certainly don’t give a sales rep. the impression that you’re overly interested in their solution. They will be less likely to move during a negotiation. The IT market is over abundant with hardware, software and services solutions. Probably, you will have many options to choose from. Be picky!

Create Your Game Plan

Before you begin negotiating a deal with any technology vendor, plan your negotiation carefully. I have included some general planning questions that you should answer in preparation for a negotiation. The questions I have listed below may not make sense for your negotiation, so feel free to modify them for the occasion. The point here is to prepare in advance. You don’t want to figure out the answers to these types of questions in the middle of a negotiation as it may give an inch to the sales person. I would even recommend writing the questions and answers on a sheet of paper for reference.