1.) Ask questions
Smart people know how to ask. Ask questions relevant to the topic of your negotiation. You should know all information related to the discussion. Know what the other party has to say and when in doubt verify things so that there won’t misunderstandings with the other person or party.
2.) Learn to listen
As always, listening is very important in communicating with people. Even on business negotiations, it is vital that you listen to the other person or party you are talking to. Understand the message they are trying to relay and never butt in unless you find it necessary.
3.) Do some research
Before the scheduled negotiation, gather relevant information that you can use in weighing factors connected to the negotiation. For business negotiations, know the background of their company, learn the factors surrounding their offer and verify the information you got about their proposal (if there’s any). Being prepared is important during negotiations. If you want to buy a particular product or maybe a house and lot, do your homework and research about the value of the product you want to purchase and see if the offer of the other party is reasonable.
4.) Don’t rush things
It is not necessary that after the first meeting you will already come up with a decision. If you or the other party is still undecided, then you can set for another appointment so both of you can think it over and weigh things mentioned on the first meeting. It is not good that you make a decision right away or you persuade the other party to immediately agree with you. That would sound too demanding.
5.) Find the right timing
Make sure to set an appointment that both of you will agree. Consider also the mood of the person and see if he’s in great mood or he’s not stressed or in bad mood. It is best that both of you are in the right mood when negotiating so that there won’t be misunderstandings or conflicts that may lead to a heated argument. Always remember that negotiations are done so that both parties can come up with the right solution to the problem or topic being discussed.