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Negotiation Styles And Strategies Notes

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The negotiator's manner of delivery, attitude and demeanour - the way they present themselves during the negotiation. It includes their tone and volume of voice, the language they use, body language and personality. A style can be deliberately adopted to meet the needs of the client/case.

Confrontational/ Competitive

* Relatively formal in approach

* Argumentative

* Tends to be dogmatic

* Uses emphatic language

* Unwilling to reveal information

* Less willing to see the merits of the other side's case

* Makes demands

* Less willing to compromise

* Attempts to wear the opponent down Cooperative/Collaborative

* Open approach, less formal

* Tends to be conciliatory

* Uses more neutral/constructive terminology

* More open to sharing information

* Willing to co-operate to reach a settlement

* More willing to make reasonable concessions

* Friendly, courteous, tactful COOPERATIVE STRATEGY

* The focus is on reaching an agreement that is fair to both sides, and on the assumption that both sides will make concessions to achieve that

* The negotiator is willing to share information and co-operate with the other side.

* The negotiator is willing to make concessions and explain the basis for doing so (to show fairness, and that the concession is reasonable and justified rather than a sign of weakness)

* There is a willingness to explain your case/strength of position on an issue/the basis for offers COLLABORATIVE/PRINCIPLED/PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGY

* This assumes that both parties will work together to each agreement by exploring the underlying interests of the parties to reach an agreement that is objectively fair to both parties.

* The approach is of mutual problem-solving based on mutual co-operation (differs from cooperative strategy because it is not positional).

* There is mutual sharing of information and open discussion (on a without prejudice basis) of options for settlement

* A possible outcome may be measured against objective criteria e.g. the view of an agreed expert to show it is "fair"

* Options for settlement may go beyond the issues in the case to find mutual benefits - a "winwin" situation, or "expanding the pie".

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