The ability to successfully negotiate can be a real game changer!
Real estate agents use their negotiation skills to help both parties move towards a common goal. They are, however, an important skill that everyone can take advantage of.
The principles are the same whether you’re negotiating a raise with your boss or a curfew with your teenager. Here are a few techniques to consider:
- Silence is Golden – Don’t say anything after making an offer. This gives the other party a chance to think but more importantly, it forces them to break the uncomfortable silence.
- Cash or Charge? – If your child hates doing their homework, simply ask “Would you like to do your homework before or after dinner?” Instead of excuses, they’ll just pick an option.
- Plan B, C and D – It’s important not to paint yourself into a corner so always leave yourself options so that you’ll be able to pivot in another direction if things don’t initially go your way.
- Feel, Felt, Found – This technique recognizes the other party’s objection and then offers a solution. “I know how you feel. I felt the same way when I had to go to bed early but the next day, I found I had way more energy!”
Life can sometimes be a challenge but honest communication and the ability to negotiate can turn virtually any circumstance into a win-win situation!
Negotiating is a huge part of an agent’s skill set, so when it comes to buying or selling a home, be sure to have an expert on your side to help you overcome the various challenges that may arise.