All successful communication begins with our ability to negotiate and find a compromise and whilst some of us may think that means we’re giving in, in the longer term it actually makes us stronger.
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.
Any form of negotiation needs working at. It’s something that needs to be honed and has to start in childhood. Although negotiating may seem difficult at first, negotiating gets easier the more we practice, but it also depends on the person we’re trying to negotiate with and the circumstances. It’s a tool that if done conciliatory will shape our behaviour and lives positively.
When it comes to any form of negotiation, others will always come to respect those of us who are willing to listen and negotiate sensitively with them. Negotiating shows others that we are open to listening and that will always strengthen the bond, whether 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’s important to be approachable and open to other people’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’s 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.