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Explore our library of resources for helpful tips, deep-dive analysis and blue-sky thinking, all researched and authored by Scotwork’s negotiation experts. See below for a wide choice of blog articles, ebooks, whitepapers, course brochures and videos.

Explore our library of resources for helpful tips, deep-dive analysis and blue-sky thinking, all researched and authored by Scotwork’s negotiation experts. See below for a wide choice of blog articles, ebooks, whitepapers, course brochures and videos.

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Powerful Results 

98% improved performance        

 

66% more in control           

 

70% greater confidence

 

98% managers praised investment

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Capability Survey Findings

Only  18%  have a fall back plan if they cannot reach agreement     

 

Only  21%  think the relationship has been strengthened when they complete a negotiation

Dining Dilemma

Horace McDonald 16th September 2021

One of the unexpected outcomes from the changes we’ve all had to endure in recent months is the move to outdoor dining. Having spent a fair amount of time in cities in many parts of the world, one of my favourite things to do is to sit in an outdo...

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Never say never

Alan Smith 9th September 2021

It’s never easy to be a politician, and particularly over the last 18 months with the pandemic to deal with it, must have been even worse. Not that I have much time for them to be honest, all as bad as each other as my mum used to say. That said...

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Do You Want a Cake or Just a Slice of Cake?

David Bannister 2nd September 2021

Some years ago when I was early in my independent consulting career, I won a substantial piece of work with a prestigious international client in manufacturing.  I and my associates were to produce a set of 9 training modules to help their leaders...

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What Makes Us Human?

Alan Smith 26th August 2021

A series on the BBC Radio 2 program hosted by Jeremy Vine explores what makes us human. In this innovative series, guests are asked to deliver their thoughts on the essence of human existence, reflecting on their own lives. There have been some w...

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Negotiating Foundation Workshop

The Negotiating Foundation Workshop starts you on a life-changing journey towards negotiating control

Advancing Negotiation Skills

Start your negotiating skills training here

Virtual Advancing Negotiation Skills

Start your virtual skills journey here

Negotiating Essentials

Introduction to the process of negotiation

Coaching Negotiation Skills

Keep your people negotiation-ready

Masters Brochure

Tackle complex, multi-party negotiations

Negotiation Skills Capability Survey Brochure

Have you ever asked yourself how well your team or your organisation negotiates? The NSCS will benchmark your people against our assessment of best practice worldwide and give you a report to help you to understand strengths and development needs

Capability Survey Findings Report

During 2015, Scotwork developed a Negotiating Skills Capability Survey to tackle the question: “How well do my people negotiate?” We are now in a position to be able to say that we have one of the most comprehensive sets of researched data about negotiators and their own views of their capabilities, shortcomings and understanding of the negotiating process

The Negotiating Profile

Give your negotiators the power of self-improvement

Powerful Results

Key findings from Scotwork course participants, covering improved performance, financial return and personal benefits

Global Negotiation Skills Capability Report

This report provides the world’s most comprehensive insight into the skills developed and tactics employed in business communities around the world to trade and bargain for benefit. Respondents vary from the C-Suite to sales directors, heads of procurement and category buyers. They all negotiate regularly for their companies but are not professional negotiators.

Negotiating in Uncertain Times

Over the past months we have endured unprecedented disruption. This sequence of events has taken us from uncertainty to hyperuncertainty, a frozen state of mind that hinders normative behaviour. This eBook provides some strategic, tactical and skill-based ideas on how to negotiate more successfully in these hyperuncertain times.

Understanding Negotiation Power

Power is critical to any negotiation. Take control of the power balance and you are empowered to turn any negotiation to your advantage and secure the best deal. This e-book gives negotiators of all abilities essential insights into the nature and use of negotiating power.

Top Tips & Hints for Negotiating Virtually

We are confined to thinking about how we adapt our current means of negotiating to a new environment, so let’s turn the whole thing inside out and think about how video conferencing platforms empower us to do things differently.

Negotiating via Email

While email is convenient and expedient, it’s fraught with peril for both skilled and unskilled negotiators alike. This eBook provides top tips on how to negotiate via email.

Telephone Negotiations

Top tips on how to handle phone negotiations

Negotiating Begins at Home

To weather the crisis, we all need to stick together and work together. But, with all these new pressures, how do families and households stay co-operative and conflict-free? How do you and your cohabitants find a way to get what you want without raising hackles and kicking off a civil war? Applying a few negotiation skills may well be the answer. Here are seven easy ways to use negotiation technique to make lockdown life more tolerable for everyone.

Keep Sharp - Negotiation Skill Tips

Our negotiation skill tips are a distillation of, often, complex analysis into simple, practical, usable language and techniques designed to be relevant in the real world. This eBook is collection of top 10 skill tips for successful negotiation.

The Dirty Tricks of Negotiation and How to Spot Them

Negotiation can be hazardous. There are dozens of underhand tactics out there designed to wrest control and push you from the negotiating table empty-handed. Hard to detect, these dirty tricks can be ruthlessly effective. They can catch you off-guard and force you to concede again and again. Identifying and side-stepping these threats will help you keep control and secure a better deal.

The Dirty Tricks of Negotiation and How to Spot Them 2

Every day Scotwork experts observe negotiation in action all over the world. Over 100,000 hours of deal-making analysis has exposed a minefield of sneaky tactics, ranging from the slightly questionable to the downright dirty. Dirty Tricks Volume 2 builds upon the popularity of Dirty Tricks Volume 1 and brings together 10 more of the most notorious negotiation tricks.

5 Tips for Negotiation Preparation

Need help with preparation? Here are 5 easy tips on how to prepare for negotiations.

10 Negotiation Dilemmas

Who goes first? Do I ask for what I want? Here is the list of 10 most common dilemmas faced by the negotiator.

10 Tips for Negotiating your Salary

Have you got a salary review coming up? Here are 10 top tips on how to negotiate your salary package.

10 Tips for the Negotiator Who Wants Answers

Having problems getting the information you need from the other party? Here are 10 tips on how to ask questions in negotiation.

Dealing With Difficult People

Alan Smith
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Negotiation Is A Trading Process

Robin Copland
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Hope Is Not A Strategy

John McMillan
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Scotwork Negotiating Essentials - Detailed Clip

 

 

The Benefits of Scotwork Negotiation Skills Training

Nick Ford - Director, Global Client Operations at WPP

Scotwork Essentials - Short Clip

Scotwork Preparation Tool Tutorial