Negotiation Insights

A resource of quick tips and analysis of highly effective, real life negotiation strategies.




Gun tragedies: We hear you

Can you recall how it felt to be in the company of a good listener?  

Changing Perceptions: Shane Warne recalls advice

People perceive things the way they want them to be. So how can information be communicated to get others to consider and understand the true meaning of what is occurring? 

Price haggling: Strategies to position value

In this issue of Negotiation Insights we consider ways sellers can minimise price-focused negotiations and build more mutually rewarding agreements.  

The power of language: A statement or a question?

When designing a communication strategy, you might like to carefully consider which will be more effective, using a statement to impart your views to others, or a question to draw others towards you. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at a notable example of each from history and provide a few tips to help make your communication strategies more effective. 

Hostage negotiations: A frontline perspective

Imagine confronting a crisis negotiation the outcome of which may put lives at risk or save lives, particularly if you are included.  

Setting the scene: Automotive executives fly into a storm

Negotiations involving great uncertainty and the need to take immediate actions often result in vital scene setting considerations being neglected. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at the important role managing a negotiation’s atmospherics can have. When managed well you can get discretionary negotiation effort from the other party, however when done poorly you risk derailing the negotiations and compromising your outcome. 

Finding common ground: US Firearm reforms

Finding the common ground needed to build rapport and break an impasse is a challenge all negotiators confront, none more so than in the topical example of the ongoing firearm reform debate in the US. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we seek not to judge whose values and beliefs have greater legitimacy, but rather to identify ways in which the opposing parties might find the common ground needed to build rapport and get movement where the stakes are high and positions are entrenched. 

Shaping mindsets: AVIS We try harder

The way in which a subject is framed and the prior conditioning that occurs can strongly influence whether someone has an open or predetermined mindset towards an interaction. For example, in a price-focused negotiation would you be more receptive to your counterpart saying “My last offer was only 5% short of your asking price”, or, “I have increased my offer by 5% and can now offer you a certain gain”. In this issue of Negotiation Insights, we look at how framing can be used to positively engage the other party. 

Engaging the enemy: US and Taliban peace talks

On January 21 2012, “The Australian” newspaper reported that the Taliban had acknowledged that they were negotiating with the United States. So why negotiate with the enemy?  


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