Everything in Business is a Negotiation, Requiring True “Grit”


When it comes to maintaining your business, negotiations play a key role in growing and pleasing your audience. Whether it be haggling over the price of a car or changing your brand name to better suit your niche, everything is a negotiation in business.

In a recent podcast by Grit, host by Dan Benjamin says:

“Any kind of agreement that you ever make with anybody is a negotiation of one kind or another. Whether it’s how much you’re willing to pay with a car, how much you’re gonna be making at your job, how much your raise is going to be for…The biggest mistake you can make in any negotiation, ever, is to stand up and walk away.”

He goes on to explain that you should never accept a first offer as final. There is always room to talk. An amateur move is to avoid negotiation. No matter what the situation, one can always find a middle ground.

Although there are cases where the price is non-negotiable, it never hurts to ask. Bulk prices and repeat customer discounts are easy starting points. The worst thing they can say is no.

Often the tactic of throwing a low ball price, your bare minimum, out on the table can be surprisingly effective. With services and the like, prices are prone to having some wiggle room, and you might get a deal.

There is one thing to keep in mind during these negotiations, as world-famous golfer and horse breeder Gary Player said:

“Everything in business is negotiable, except quality.”

Be sure in your transactions that you do not sacrifice the character of your business. Maintain your standards and don’t be afraid to do some research to be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

The podcast goes on to further discuss negotiations in business, even mentioning the recent change in name due to listener feedback as an example. Even this is an example of meeting in the middle with your audience, and according to Benjamin, the new name is better suited for the show. It’s a bit of a lengthy audio, but definitely worth the listen.

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Aubrielle Billig Aubrielle Billig is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers business as it is impacted by pop culture, entrepreneurs in the arts, and other topics affecting creative businesses. She has a background as an illustrator and her design page can be found at AubrielleBillustrations.

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  1. I really like the Stephen Covey mentality of Win-Win or No Deal. It basically says that a negotiation should end with a resolution that is beneficial to both parties or the two parties agree to not do business. Nobody wants to feel like they’ve been had.

  2. You really cannot win in business unless you know how to negotiate. If you don’t know how to do this, at least hire some people who can do this. I have seen way too many businesses who cannot go to another level simply because they don’t know how to negotiate. It’s a must-have skill for all businesses.