In order to avoid an uncomfortable or confrontational negotiation, try approaching it as joint problem solving instead. If you actually approach a negotiation as a confrontation it will likely be confrontational. Instead, focus on finding a creative solution and not on what either of you will have to give up. You obviously don’t want to be a complete pushover during the process though so keep in mind that joint problem solving includes your needs as well. This viewpoint can make negotiation a little less intimidating if it’s something that makes you uncomfortable.
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