How To Create a Strong Negotiation Culture Within Your Sales Team

It’s easy for management to blame salespeople when negotiations conclude with value left on the table.  But what they often fail to realize is that selling and negotiating are fundamentally different skill sets requiring fundamentally different behaviors.

Want better E.I.? Start by understanding emotions

Much has been written about the power of emotional intelligence, including popular works by various experts such as Daniel Goleman, Chris Voss, Travis Bradberry, and others. Further, according to a 2013 study on the topic of emotional intelligence and sales, strong emotional intelligence is a trademark characteristic of high performers, especially those who can combine …

Adam Grant and the art of persuasive listening

In his recent book “Think Again ” Adam Grant examines powerful ways to influence with others, especially those who are convinced their way is best. In explaining how we can foster greater interpersonal rethinking, Grant describes how doctors and counselors often use a technique called motivational interviewing to spark impressive rates of attitude and behavior …

I’m Back.

Hi everyone, Happy to report I am bringing the blog back to life. Where have I been and what has changed over the past nine months? A ton! More on that in the near future… In the meantime, I am proud to share that savingface.blog has been featured on Forbes.com by Negotiation and Conflict Resolution …

What MLB players and owners are really negotiating about

Earlier this week, MLB owners presented their opening offer for a 2020 baseball season to their counterparts in the players’ union. Their proposed plan to start the season in July includes half the amount of games, a redesigned divisional schedule to make it easier on players and staff, as well as a number of other …

How to resolve a difficult negotiation or harmful conflict

In my last post, I described two of our social tendencies that have the ability to create and escalate harmful conflict.  Below are four powerful strategies we can use when conflict escalates to the point of peril and instead change course towards a mutually beneficial outcome. Offer a reasonable concession As counter-intuitive as it may …

Dwight and Nellie’s Dangerous Game – What To Avoid During A Conflict

Will he actually cut off her hand? While this outcome might seem far-fetched, fans of The Office familiar with the character of Dwight have been conditioned enough by his antics to actually wonder. And while he might seem crazy enough to do it, it’s the chain of events created through Dwight and Nellie’s confrontation that …

3 things we can learn from the 2 trillion dollar stimulus negotiation

Late last week, the U.S. government successfully negotiated a historic stimulus plan while under great pressure to help mitigate the economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. A noteworthy outcome for many reasons, it was especially so when considering the dynamic and fast-moving conditions in which two highly adversarial parties had to come together and …

Tony Romo – Master Negotiator?

While former NFL quarterback Tony Romo was never able to secure his legacy with a Super Bowl trophy, he did just end up the highest paid sports analyst of all time, signing a historic long-term contract with CBS worth 17+ million dollars per year over the course of 10 years. How did this come to …

Heather Monahan on Sales, Negotiation, and Leadership

What’s one quick tip or piece of advice you would recommend for someone looking to improve at sales?  Don’t take a no from someone who cannot give you a yes. What’s one quick tip or piece of advice you would recommend for someone looking to improve at negotiation? The person with the least amount of …