Believe in your point of view.
When you’re confident, it shows in your eyes and body language. People are quicker to pay attention when they realize you stand 100% behind your negotiation point. If you’re not sold on your point of view, chances are the other person may fail to take you seriously.
Prepare your case.
Now that you’ve bought into your point of view, it’s time to plan your approach. Decide how to express your case for the best possible results. Is there any backup information you need to help support your case? Prepare it in advance. Try to have a “yes” for every possible “no” the other party may pose.
Embrace your human equality.
At the end of the day, you’re just as good as anybody else. Avoid allowing your feelings of inadequacy to convince you to shy away from negotiation. Remember that rejection doesn’t make you a failure. It simply gives you the opportunity to fine tune your approach. You’re very deserving of the opportunity to negotiate your point.
Consider the worst that could happen.
Take a moment and really consider the possible outcomes. What’s the worst that could come out of your attempts at negotiation? Just how life-crushing do you think the rejection could be? If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll realize that you’re probably making it seem worse than it is. The worst thing you can hear is “no.” And so what if you do? What possible damage can that word do to you?
Make your attempt a win!
Regardless of the outcome, give yourself credit for the attempt.
Rejection is a natural, ever-occurring part of life. You can expect to face rejection from time to time because not everybody sees eye to eye. Being rejected doesn’t make you any less worthy.
Be bold and ready to take on whatever is thrown at you!
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