Negotiation Skills – How to Increase Your Sales

Nearly everyday of your life you are negotiating for something, usually many times a day. And that doesn’t include the sales negotiations you participate in as your job.

Yet, despite the fact that you spend so much time in negotiations, during the big negotiations, many salespersons don’t employ the effective skill set and tactics that they use in other aspects of their lives.

For example, have you driven a car today? If so, you are negotiating decisions throughout the entire drive. Using your turn signal is a nonverbal negotiation with other drivers about where you want to turn your car. At every stop sign, you were part of a negotiation as to who should be given a turn to go ahead through the street corners.

By learning what works as a small negotiations, you can learn what works at the bigger discussions and negotiations.

There are three key steps in negotiation skills.

1. Know your sales goals -

It’s very difficult to obtain what you want if you don’t know what it is or why you want it. For example, knowing where you want to go in your car provides the focus you need to get to where you are going. And despite this basic first step and how simple it may seem, many salespersons enter into the larger negotiations without knowing what it is they want and why. Remember, the sales process begins way before you have your first conversation with the potential client.

2. Do your research -

Justifying the price for anything from a new vehicle to a corporation becomes much easier if you can show the buyer the item is worth every penny they are about to spend on it.

This means you must be responsible for the research your potential clients don’t have time to do. By doing this, you make the decision to buy your product or services easy for them. Provide them with as much information as you can to justify why the decision you want them to make is the right one. Many potential clients are waiting for a salesperson to bring them an actionable solution to their problems. Do yourself and the potential client a favor, do all the legwork ahead of time. If all they have to do is sign on the dotted line after hearing your presentation, you are more likely to get that signature.

Effective Chinese Business Negotiation Tips

Effective Chinese business negotiations begin with having the best information possible so you can get the best deal, whether you are looking to purchase products or looking for Chinese business partner to help sell your goods. You need to do your research, understand the negotiating practices of the Chinese and be prepared to work with a partner in the region that will help you get the most out of your business venture in China.

Your research into working with Chinese businesses should be as thorough as possible. This means understanding the history of their business, who their clients are, the prices that they sell their goods and any other important information to help you fully understand who you may work with. By arming yourself with this information you can now progress to the next step of engaging in Chinese business negotiations to look for the right company for your business needs.

The Chinese are a remarkable people who have embraced capitalistic business practices with fervor unlike most other places in the world. Thus, they may be mistaken by Western business leaders as having a similar management structure and negotiating practices. This cannot be further from the truth. As with Western business practices and negotiations, these skills stem from the collective history of the region that people running the business is familiar with, which means that a person from the USA will negotiate with another business in a slightly different manner than someone from Australia or Great Britain.

Chinese business negotiations have a number of interesting differences that many Western business leaders are simply not familiar with and do not understand which leads to much consternation and strife depending on the seriousness of the negotiations. When looking for Chinese business partner to work with, you need to be aware of a few of their more unique negotiating tendencies.

One of the most common is the non-negotiating tactic where they avoid direct negotiations in the first place. While they might have underlings carry out some negotiations, no real decisions are made. This tends to be a test of the seriousness of your business skills and intentions, so the best tactic is to be patient and simply re-affirm your position until the Chinese business leaders start engaging seriously.

Another common tactic is known as the “big sale” where they offer their products at a much reduced rate, yet in reality they jacked the prices up considerably beforehand. Your research should reveal the actual price they sell their goods for so any large increase should be noticeable. Still, it is surprising how many Western business leaders get taken in by this rather common tactic.

The final popular Chinese negotiating tactic is the “big deal” where a lot of promises are made and seeming agreement is at hand yet no real commitment is actually made. You need to be careful listening to their promises and simply focus on settling one issue at a time, even if it begins with the small ones first. Get them in writing and then work your way up.

Finding a good Chinese business partner takes research, patience and knowledge of their negotiating skills to find the one that works best for your business.

The Best Debt Negotiation Companies

What should you expect from the best debt negotiation companies?

The best debt negotiation companies can work with basically anyone to reduce the amount of their debt. By negotiating with collection agencies and creditors to reduce the amount of debt, clients are able to settle their debt for 30 – 70% of the original balance. Other forms of debt elimination simply move the debt from an unsecured card, to a secured asset. This lowers the interest rate, which is a good thing. But it doesn’t eliminate the debt. Its still there, but now its against your home or other hard asset.

Look for a company that is always looking out for their clients. They are members of the Better Business Bureau, or of an organization like the Consumer Recovery Network. These companies will make sure that their clients become debt free in the shortest possible time.

Make sure you ask plenty of questions. Become an informed consumer.

The best debt negotiation companies won’t make promises they have no way of keeping. They cannot “guarantee” that they will be able to arrange reductions in the balance of all of your debt. Some creditors just won’t deal. While most credit card debt can be reduced substantially, there are creditors that simply will not budge. Many debts can be settled for pennies on the dollar, in fact most – but by no means, all. I’m just being honest here.

A knowledgeable company wont tell you to completely break off all contact with your creditors. I’ve actually talked to clients who had worked with programs that told them to tell the creditor to never call them again. The problem with this strategy is that it leaves the creditor very little options for collecting the debt. It will most likely speed up the process of legal action. While it may be advisable to tell your creditors to not call you at work, you certainly don’t want to break off contact entirely. Keep the lines of communication open. It makes it much easier to resolve the debt.

The best debt negotiation companies won’t guarantee that they will be able to remove information from your credit report, when that information is perfectly accurate. Many collection agencies, and creditors, will remove information after they are paid. They really have no vested interest in leaving it there. Why would they care, they have their money. So negotiating that the creditors listing be removed or altered as a part of the settlement works in a large number of cases, but not 100 percent of the time.

The caveat to this, is that you may only need to remove a couple of negative accounts to raise your score to an acceptable level. So you may not need to remove 100 percent of the negative data to have a positive effect.

The best debt negotiation companies will give you the costs up front.

Professional help with debt negotiation can be a tremendous asset in alleviating problem debt. These companies can also cause a number of problems. If you have decided to negotiate, eliminate and settle your debt, the best debt negotiation companies are the best place to start.