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Description

If the stakes are high, do not try to do it all yourself. Get in the professionals.

Hire a subject expert to give you advice on the substance of the deal.

Hire an expert negotiator to do the actual deal.

Discuss things with them beforehand so they know what you really want. Decide how you will work together. Options include:

  • They act fully as your agent, doing all negotiation themselves.
  • They sit in negotiations with you and are engaged in the discussions.
  • They sit in negotiations but mainly as an observer.
  • They do not attend negotiations but provide coaching and suggestions for you beforehand.

During the negotiation, watch for signals from them. Also take breaks during the negotiation to confer with them about what you might be really getting and the costs and real value involved.

Example

I am buying a second-hand car, so take along a mechanic to thoroughly examine the car before I start negotiating and also to give advice on such as cost of repairs.

An entrepreneur is selling her company. She hires a professional negotiator to do the negotiation and a lawyer to check details of the contract.

Before selling an antique, I talk to an auctioneer friend.

Discussion

Experts are not usually cheap. You can expect to pay top prices for a top-class expert in the field.

The basic reason for hiring an expert is that, although they are expensive, they will save or make you much more money than they cost, or at very least reduce the risk of being deceived.

Negotiators will often take a percentage of the sale price that they get for you (or, if buying, a cut of what they save). Remember that a good negotiator may also negotiate with you for their percentage!

See also

Authority principle, Experience principle

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