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Effective contract negotiation

3 min read

Effective contract negotiation

The day-to-day is based on doing business, selling, and closing contracts that help the company's growth and professionally. Negotiating an agreement is not just a document that must sign. Behind are the people who have been responsible for the interaction, negotiating the terms, conditions, requirements, and others necessary for there to be a contract in the middle.

Contracts are linked to the closing of a business, and businesses arise from many products and services. There are several types of agreements:

-Between individuals.

-Between legal entities (B2B).

-Between a natural person and a legal person and vice versa.

 In this blog, we will see what a successful negotiation involves; first of all. You can find that there are three types of situations when negotiating:

  1. You negotiate with an advantage: You are more prominent, or the other person (company) is more interested in closing the deal.
  2. You negotiate at a disadvantage: You are the one who is more interested in reaching an agreement with the other person.
  3. Mutual advantage: In this case, both people are interested in creating a good synergy in the business; and the interest is joint for both parties.

Imagineer_Successful Negotiation

Let's take a gaze at some tips that can help you when negotiating:

As a general rule, the individual with the best and most information best executes the negotiation.

The signing of a contract represents the success of a negotiation. Must thoroughly study the other party. Depending on the agreement's relevance, it is important to know important aspects of that company, its debt, current suppliers, payment methods, deadlines, defaults, and even the price at which it buys and sells. Before any contract, some steps were necessary to close the contract. For example:

  • Must thoroughly study the other party.
  • Customer interest in the product or service.
  • An objective or point of improvement.
  • An offeror economic proposal.

For each of the points mentioned above, those involved have generated conversations becoming negotiations that lead to each of the following steps, so it is essential to see that it is not only a point of the sale in which some negotiation is made. Every conversation you have with the customer leads to improvement and negotiation.

 It is common to think that when you talk about banal issues, it is a good sign, but the truth is that most of the time, they are distractions that will make you incur repetitive explanations or comments that will lengthen the closing of an agreement.

The Sales Process: The Backbone of a Successful Sales Effort <<

I share with you 6 points to achieve a successful negotiation:

1. Know what your options are to achieve the negotiation.

You should ask yourself questions such as: what happens if you do not reach an agreement? What are your negotiation limits? With which alternative do you achieve the best deal? It is necessary to know the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, which means identifying what you have before starting the negotiation so that you do not end up with less than what you had before negotiating.

 2. Establish your position.

Negotiation is a continuous display of interests. The key to a successful negotiation is to discover the interests of parties and the different issues to be negotiated.

To know what position your negotiating partner is defending, you must listen actively and attentively to the other party to understand what lies behind what they say and what they want.

3. Review your arguments and listen to those of the other party.

The key is to know as much as you can about the other person and build trust by listening to the arguments they support their position.

It is essential to listen to the other party's arguments without reacting and review the relationship.

4. Know your interests, and discover those of the other party.

The essential negotiation process aspects. It has been studied and proven that only successful negotiation is based on the fundamental interests to satisfy each party's positions and arguments.

The importance lies in determining what is to be satisfied and what you want to satisfy, focusing on what is essential in the negotiation.

5. Review the way you communicate.

Ask yourself what impact the way you negotiate has on you and others; if you effectively communicate, do not forget the importance of listening and the coherence between the interests to be satisfied and how you communicate.

6. Take care of the relationship.

Negotiation processes often involve long-term relationships and continuous and sustained processes over time.

It is, therefore, crucial to generate sufficient trust between the parties, seek mutual benefits in the long term, fulfill promises and commitments and analyze in each negotiation if there is any moment where the relationship or the results are being damaged.

Negotiation is an activity that is latent in everyday life, from the moment you wish to acquire input for personal use to when you close the best contract with a supplier. Therefore, you must remember that this practice is an intangible process that requires sound strategies and diverse skills.

Remember that successful negotiation is a value creation process generated for both parties. It is not a battle between a winner and a loser.

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