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Flourish In 2010 Without Changing Anything Other Than Providing Your Workforce With Negotiation Training

by Victoria Pynchon
December 2009

From Settle It Now Negotiation Blog

Victoria Pynchon

Both of these images come from Improving Corporate Negotiation Performance, a Benchmark Study of the World's Largest Organizations (.pdf)

I've taught in-house negotiators and corporate executives negotiation skills and I can tell you that not a single participant thought they were too negotiation-savvy to benefit from the training.  This organization, Huthwaite International is as likely a good bet for negotiation training as many other companies offering it. 

Just let me say this.  It's not rocket science.  But not enough business executives and managers and not nearly enough lawyers know the basics necessary to get the best deal available to them.  If you want business to improve in 2010 without altering your business plan or laying off employees, get some first-class negotiation trainers to work with your people.  You'll make the cost of the training up on the first deal one of your dozens or hundreds or thousands of negotiators make.  There are no secrets in this field.  Everyone who has studied negotiation "gets it."  And your seasoned negotiators just need the "grammar" and a few additional insights to increase their performance dramatically.  I know because I've trained them.

Below, a decent one-sheet negotiation plan from Huthwaite.

When your people believe in their mastery of the basic negotiation skills, it doesn't take quite so much courage to say "no" in the way great negotiators say it - "yes with just few changes that will make the deal better for both of us."

Check out Huthwaite's study.  It's a good one.

Biography


Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 



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