Would You Like to Reduce the Power of Difficult People During Sales Negotiations?
Because high stakes sales negotiations can quickly get personal, the most successful sales negotiators earn how to reduce the power of difficult people during sales negotiations.
High stakes Negotiations Are Rarely Easy of Straightforward
In our experience, it is never be easy to quiet the noisy critic or recapture the attention of a chronically rude negotiator when an important deal is on the line. Even worse, some negotiators can be aggressive, intimidating, demanding or even hostile. Yet some sales negotiators are able to turn confrontation into cooperation and even mutual respect.
3 Sales Negotiation Tactics to Reduce the Power of Difficult People During Sales Negotiations
When it comes to difficult people, here are three tactics from high stakes sales negotiation best practices that help to reduce the power of difficult people during sales negotiations:
1. Use an “I” Message When Negotiating
Rather than place blame with a statement that begins with “you,” state your own feelings in a statement beginning with “I.” To be effective, the focus needs to be on what you feel about someone’s behavior, not on how terrible the other person is for causing it. Communicating your anger or frustration in this more controlled way is far more likely to defuse the situation and get your sales negotiation back on track.
2. Ask a Question, Simply and Sincerely
If, as an example, in the middle of your sales negotiation, your counterpart brings up a new objection or request, ask something like, “Is there something that I have missed?” A thoughtful question can often make others aware of their irrational behavior and stop it on their own – especially if you can steer the conversation back to what matters most to them and finding common ground.
3. Meet Privately Whenever Possible
When it comes to difficult people and difficult conversations, it is often best to avoid disagreements with them in front of others, where they may be afraid of losing face. Create the conditions for the best possible outcome.
The Bottom Line
You never know when you will encounter difficult people during sales negotiations, but now you have three ways to reduce their power so they do not take advantage of you or the situation.
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