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Friday, October 21, 2005

Negotiation Tactic Take It Or Leave It

How many times have we heard this commonly used negotiation tactic? The “take it or leave it” tactic is basically an ultimatum designed to prevent further negotiations from taking place. It is almost always a bluff and a challenge to the other side to see who has the stronger nerves. The problem with this tactic is that it causes too much resistance and conflict to facilitate an agreement. This tactic is aggressive and demanding, two things that don’t sit well with your counterpart. What you are basically saying with this tactic is, “Its going to be my way, or no way.” Now the other side is going to have to reassert their own dominance over the situation by choosing to “leave it” rather than to “take it” to save face and show you who really is in charge. Where is the negotiation now?

How To Counter This Tactic

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