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As a business owner, having good knowledge about negotiation tactics in business is key. Listening to the other party, making sure you understand their perspective, before you communicate your own ideas and point of view, is a crucial aspect of ensuring business success and building business relationships.

This article will detail all you need to know about what negotiation means, what skills to utilise and how to make it work in business.

How to negotiate in business?

The key element in negotiation is listening to and acknowledging others’ opinions. Negotiation means the process of attempting to find a common ground between two parties and reach an agreement or resolve a conflict. Negotiation is key when thinking about how to deal with business disputes, and negotiation strategies come into play - whether you are a  business owner, an employee or an independent contractor. 

Before starting the process of negotiation in business, you need to understand tactics for how to negotiate successfully.

Understanding the issues and perspective of the other party is crucial. Good negotiators are the ones who do not fight to control the conversation, but rather listen to the other side, then work to respond accordingly and appropriately. Gaining an understanding about what is important to the other party is key to finding a common ground and resolving the matter at hand. 

You should also review the background of the business or individual you are entering into a negotiation with, to further understand where they are coming from. This might entail reviewing their website, any articles written about the business, or perhaps an individual’s LinkedIn profile.

It is vital that negotiations are kept professional and polite, in order to establish a good relationship with the business or individual you are negotiating with. For future business interactions, you want to be remembered as a courteous, collaborative business owner who is willing to be flexible in negotiations. 

When preparing to negotiate in business, you should put together the first draft of any proposed contract. This will allow you to frame the structure of whatever you are negotiating and include key points you want to mention during the negotiation process. This could include your preferred terms, allowing the other party to see from the start what you want to get out of negotiating.

During negotiation, you don’t want to fixate on one issue. If there is a particular point which is causing a lot of debate, it may be a good idea to suggest putting it to one side and focusing on another issue, circling back to it later. 

Finally, you should not be afraid to ask the other party questions during negotiation. Asking informed and constructive questions can help negotiations and ensure both parties are getting a deal that benefits them. 

Why is negotiation important in resolving business disputes?

We want to help you learn why negotiation is important in a business environment, for resolving business disputes between companies of all sizes. Research has shown that SMEs often feel at a disadvantage by a perceived lack of bargaining power, and are frequently in too much of a rush to prepare properly or strategise for their negotiations. The research also shows that British companies could improve their profits by 7% a year by using better negotiation. 

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How to resolve business disputes

There are various methods to help resolve business disputes within negotiation. Business disputes can occur at any time and for any reason between businesses regarding any contentious matter. Businesses may use different methods to resolve disputes, including mediation, arbitration and litigation. 

Mediation is a process through which the parties come together with an impartial mediator present, who helps the parties come to a resolution. 

Arbitration is a more formal legal process in which an independent arbitrator makes a decision about the dispute after both parties have given evidence and information from both sides of the dispute. The arbitrator will use this to come to a conclusion and resolve the dispute. 

Litigation is the most formal way of resolving business disputes, and involves a business dispute Solicitor being enlisted to help resolve the dispute and give advice to a party involved. Business dispute solicitors represent that party in any legal proceedings, and deal with any documentation. 

To learn more about dispute resolution, take a look at LawBite’s blog post ‘What is Dispute Resolution?

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At LawBite, our lawyers can provide excellent legal advice regarding the art of negotiation in business. We will connect you to top-flight lawyers who can give expert advice about how you can effectively negotiate a contract as well as tactics for successful business negotiation. 

We use online tools and advanced technology to give your business the legal advice you require, faster and cheaper. If you were looking to understand more about negotiation in business, we hope this guide has helped you.  

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