Effectiveness

If you want to collaborate, you need to negotiate

Joanne is collaborating with a fellow entrepreneur

In your solopreneurship or small business, the majority of your negotiations will be collaborative in nature. But don’t be fooled. It’s still a negotiation. Even though it may feel collaborative, you need to follow the process of negotiation to get what you actually want. Women often prefer to use the term collaboration over negotiation because, …

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Creativity is the secret sauce of negotiation

A nature scene, with rocks, trees, and mountains reflected in the Bow River in Canmore, Alberta.

Whether it’s for a new job, a partnership, or for a conversation with your family, creativity is the secret sauce that helps us to navigate a difficult conversation to find a mutually beneficial solution. Creativity is the factor that sets a negotiation apart from simply offering concessions or compromises. Curious? Let me tell you about …

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Watch out for urgency as a tactic in negotiation

A woman looks urgently at her watch, which reads 4:42 pm

Have you ever felt rushed through a negotiation? Where the timelines that are provided don’t really give you enough space to think through the implications of what you’re agreeing to? You’re not alone. Time is frequently manipulated as a tactic by experienced negotiators – and if you’re not prepared to overcome an imposed sense of …

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Lean in to negotiate your contracts with confidence

Business contract waiting to be signed.

I’m in the middle of a corporate contract negotiation right now, and it’s going exactly as you would expect. The other party is trying to get as much from me as possible (for the lowest possible cost), and I’m experiencing all the typical anxiety and blind spots that women tend to have in negotiation. But …

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Why is my job offer so low? Don’t they value me?

Two women are negotiating, sitting across the table from one another.

One of the most important lessons that women often learn the hard way is that a job offer is rarely an appraisal of your value. Unfortunately, many women internalize the low initial offering that most employers provide. This leads to self-doubt, a weakening of your confidence, and the strong potential that you will say yes …

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Negotiating with yourself is part of the practice

A woman stares into her reflection

In every workshop I teach, I see participants come to a profound realization. Success in negotiation (whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee or negotiating with the board you sit on) depends on your ability to first negotiate with yourself. Unfortunately, that is the hardest negotiation of all – which is why practice is so …

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