Over the past several days I've been assisting a friend of mine in their first real business negotiation. Now, if you've never done this, it is an art form, pure and simple.
You see, first starts the dance; the connection, however it is made, leading at least into an initial mutual interest in the potential of working together. Then comes the research, where each party digs deeper into each other's activities, exploring how some kind of collaboration or partnership might be possible. This is then followed of course by a discussion if there is still mutual interest to move forward from both parties, and then finally comes the close (really truly the opening), which is the process of putting these ideas to paper and both parties signing off, beginning the new business relationship and partnership.
Mastering the art of negotiation, or bridge building, with a spirit and intention to long term and strong business partnerships no matter what you do is a critical skill in your trailblazing entrepreneur's toolkit.
Truly, this topic alone could be (and might soon be) its own course, (and I may come back to elements of it regularly) because once you master this process you will open huge doors for yourself with vast wealth creation potential; you will become a dealmaker, fully capable of crafting your own business partnerships with ease as you simply go about your day.
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