Successful communication begins with our ability to negotiate and find a way forward on both sides, and whilst some of us may think that means we’re giving in, in the longer term it makes us more emotionally and spiritually wise.
Negotiations strengthen our resolve and authority. It means we’re mature enough to look beyond the title tattle that comes with arguments and disagreements, always having to be right, always having to have the last word.
All negotiations need working at. It’s something that needs honing and has to start in childhood. Although negotiating may seem difficult at first, negotiating gets easier the more you practice, but it also depends on the person you’re trying to negotiate with and the circumstances. It’s a tool that will shape our behaviour and lives positively.
When it comes to any form of negotiation, others will always come to respect those who are willing to listen and negotiate with them. Negotiating shows others that we are open to listening, whether those negotiations are between family, friends or even work colleagues. Negotiation is about mediation.
If handled correctly of course, all negotiations can be a positive experience. It is important we are approachable and open to another person’s viewpoint. Negotiating is a discussion, a talking point, a chance to listen to someone else’s viewpoint that isn’t our own. All it takes is an open mind and an ability to listen.
It is also a chance for us to come to understand another person’s perspective, which often can be very helpful in us looking at the bigger picture if we’re not seeing it.