Classy negotiator?! Is there such a thing? I believe there is. A negotiator is not always about being competitive, collaborative, avoiding and the whatnot. Whichever type of negotiating styles you have, you can still be a classy negotiator.
What’s a classy negotiator? Someone with class. Simple as that.
This does not mean that you have to put on your Hugo Boss suit that is tastefully designed and tailored. It means that you always maintain refined grace.
Being a classy negotiator means that you do not speak ill of the other party (before and after the negotiation). Instead, speak well of them in public.
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I received more Machiavellian advice from my first law mentors a zillion years ago — never dismiss your opponent’s abilities to anyone — your victory will look far better if everyone believes you beat a master rather than an idiot.
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