Every year millions of dollars change hands on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, management buyouts, share issues and financial restructuring. The high stakes, extreme time pressure and psychological stress involved in these negotiations can and does cause mistakes as misunderstandings kill potential deals, deadlocks stifle opportunities and money is left on the table.
This programme aims to provide insights into the methods adopted by outstanding negotiators, so risks of failure are reduced and the chance of signing win/win agreements are greatly enhanced.
Over 3-days you will:
- Gain insight into the key psychological principles involved in achieving win/win financial negotiations
Discover a simple powerful seven-step method for planning financial negotiations
Learn how to use the power of suggestion to set a positive tone for face-to-face meetings
Acquire a ‘toolbox’ of tried and tested skills to break deadlocks
Understand the ‘dirty tricks’ used by unscrupulous negotiators and how to deal with them
This highly practical and accessible three-day course will reveal the secrets of successful negotiation in financial markets. Using research from the fields of social psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), lectures, case studies and practical exercises, this couse will enhance your skills to make an immediate impact on your business dealings.
Who should attend?
Investment bankers, project financiers and syndicators
Traders and sales directors / managers
Heads of business divisions
Business development executives
M&A strategic planning executives
Lawyers, corporate financiers and consultants
Values and integrity in a negotiation
Understanding how the parties behaviour and actions during a deal is driven by their underlying patterns of motivation.Having a sense of the other sides mindset is crucial to interpreting what is happening during the deal.
- The zero sum fallacy
- Values alignment, self confidence and psychological congruence
- Ten fundamental principles of effective negotiation
Pairs exercise: values alignment exercise
Social compliance is the ability to get the negotiation partner to agree to a proposal as a result of the way that it is presented rather than on the basis of the content alone. A set of tools designed to influence the other side will be applied to the planning and the face-to-face meeting process.
The power of friendship
People do things for people they like and who they believe are on their side. By acting in a cooperative manner we can persuade people to make far more concessions and to be much more open.
The three components of liking
Interests versus positions to develop a win/win approach
Hierarchy of ideas to generate understanding and cooperation
Reading body language to assesses the other partys reactions
Mirroring values (the power of empathy)
Summarising to create rapport
Bonding through small talk
Pairs exercise: practising question skills to develop a hierarchy of ideas.
The reciprocity principle
There is a strong in-built desire in human beings to repay a debt. This debt can take the form of matching a concession that we make or reciprocating a favour that we do for the other party.
Valuing trades and the position perception model
Formulating trades using conditional language
The persuasion pattern
Advance and retreat proposals
The power of because
Pairs exercise: formulating and presenting possible trades.
People are more anxious to have things that they think are rare or are in short supply; as opposed to those things they think are plentiful and easy to come by. This means that by focusing our negotiation partner on what they might lose can increase our chances of doing a deal.
Pairs exercise: developing negative consequences patterns.
The power of expertise
These tools are concerned with demonstrating our technical authority and expertise in a particular area because people are naturally inclined to believe what an expert tells them.
Pairs exercise: conducting self-introduction and refusal pattern drills.
Commitment and consistency
People like to act in a way that is logically consistent with their previously stated arguments and commitments. By encouraging people to take small steps in a particular direction we can lead them to agree to proposals that match those public commitments.
Pairs exercise: gaining commitment with behaviour labelling.
Our negotiation partner will feel inclined to accept our suggestions if they feel that our solutions are tried and tested. By demonstrating that an option or proposal is something that many people have adopted leads to the greater likelihood of them buying into it.
Pairs exercise: practising the 4 Fs objection handling method.
The seven step negotiation planning process
Successful deal making involves thinking through all the key issues before we get to the negotiation table. Proper planning and preparation in advance of a face-to-face meeting can make sure that we are ready, willing and able to handle each topic as it arises.
Here we adopt a simple, powerful process for capturing the principal aspects of the planning.
Setting clear outcomes
Putting yourself in the other persons shoes
The power of synergy
Being in charge of your language and where it takes you both in planning and the actual negotiation session
Batnas and their role in understanding who has the most power
Identifying the settlement range
Case study: planning a fee negotiation between an investment banker and a client.
Developing a team approach and agreeing the meeting format
Being aware of how to start the negotiation before arriving at the actual meeting.
Setting the tone in advance of the meeting (understanding the power of suggestion).
Case study: getting the agenda approved and setting the tone for a fee negotiation between an investment banker and a client.
Running the face to face meeting
Using the information developed in the planning phase and the key persuasion strategies to manage the face-to-face session in a way that maintains momentum and control.
Case study: conducting a fee negotiation.
Case study: putting it all together. Planning and running a meeting to deal with a negotiation concerning an acquisition.
Handling tricks and gambits
Understanding some of the more common dirty tricks that are used by unscrupulous negotiators. Assessing how persuasion strategies can be used to defend against manipulation.
Group exercise: sharing scenarios and discussing solutions.
Spotting the deal killers
Realising the mistakes and behaviours that can destroy a deal and having a sense of how to avoid them.
Case study: finding the deal killer and advising on the remedy.
What to do if meeting pace becomes slow or grinds to a halt over a particular issue or concern.
Two ways to gain more time for thought and reflection
Three ways to change their mind
Two ways to alter the nature of the negotiation
Pairs exercise: discussing how to apply the tools to real life investment banking issues.
Case study: developing a deeper understanding of the process. Planning and running a meeting to deal with a negotiation concerning a rights issue.