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"I can't believe it! Here's a book that is packed with wisdom that will help anyone improve their life and yet it is easy and fun to read! Amazing!"
--Og Mandino, author of The Greatest Salesman in the World

"A fast, entertaining read that should be required reading for anyone who deals with people. Highly recommended."
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager

"Roger Dawson's great book will help you create and expand one of the most critical skills to life-long success."
--Anthony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within

About the Author

Roger Dawson is the founder of the Power Negotiation Institute and one of the country's top experts on the art of negotiating--SUCCESS Magazine calls him "America's Premier Business Negotiator." As a full-time speaker since 1982, Roger has travelled the world to teach business leaders how to improve their profits using his Power Negotiating techniques. He has trained executives at some of the world's largest companies, including General Foods, General Motors, Xerox, IBM, and Harvard Medical School, and conducted seminars around the world. He resides in La Habra Heights, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 15th Anniversary Edition edition (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631398
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These secrets are so secretive that they are taught in every mainstream business negotiations class in America. Pretty secretive, eh? Having properly derided the excessively puffy title, let me say that the book is good. The book is basically a series of tricks to play on the other negotiator. If you don't, you risk having him/her play them on you.

However, this book is not sufficient in and of itself. G Richard Shell's "Bargaining & Advantage" is needed to get the perspective needed to avoid shooting one's self in the foot -- all the way up to the knee.

On the other hand, Dawson's presentation of the tricks is much more clear and compelling than Shell's. Get 'em both.
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I don't have to do high powered negotiations very often but when I do, I review this book. It clearly maps out the process that one must go through to achieve the most successful negotiations possible from the planning stage through the final process of getting the contract language the way you want it. Roger defines success as having both parties feel that they won. He shows how to set up the negotiating process so that both parties come away feeling successful. He explains the psychology of negotiating very clearly so that the reader understands why each thing that they do is important. The value of the book is more than just as a roadmap however. Knowing what techniques that the other party may use (by intent or otherwise) and being able to recognize them is of immense value. What is especially useful if knowing how to handle the tactics that the other side may use. This is not cheating or tricking the other party. It is just being smart. When millions of dollars are on the table both sides are very wary and want to make sure that they are getting what they want. Stumbling when well known negotiating tactics are used by the other party is often avoidable for those that don't negotiate very often. Simply review the book and then follow Roger Dawson's suggestions. I like to listen to the audio version of the book as well when I am coming up to a big negotiation. It gets my mind focused on the process. I then go over what happened after a negotiating session so that the concepts get burned into my memory and the responses become automatic. A great book. Try the audio tapes also. Highly entertaining!
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Roger Dawson's SECRET OF POWER NEGOTIATING does not necessarily contain any secrets about negotiations but good points on many and varied aspects of negotiations. The author correctly points out that negotations are simply crucial in life; we are constantly negotiating, whether we realize it or not. I am confident the book would proof useful for anyone interested in enhancing one's understanding of negotations and skills.

The book as a total is organized fairly well, and the author discusses gambits employed in negotiations to techniques used to understand the other side. It is very important to point out that the author believes in "win-win negotiations." That is, it is critical for a negotiator to determine what truly interests the other side and explore how that interest can be met.

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Gambits

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A few techniques the author suggests using include but are not limited to:

(1) asking for more than you expect to get, (2) flinch at proposals, (3) play reluctant, (4) use the "vise technique," (5) reference higher authority, (6) never make a concession without the other side reciprocating, and (7) taper down concessions.

It is important to note that the author explores how you should counter such techniques if the other side uses them.

The author also touches on many important additional topics in the book on business, psychology, and other disciplines that relate to negotiations. I found it particularly useful how the author mentioned that the value of services diminish over time. If you are in the service industry, negotiate and settle on a fee prior to delivery/performance.
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Format: Hardcover
As you read Roger Dawson's now-classic book, you'll find yourself nodding your head saying, "Those guys used that gambit against me last week." And then you will say, "Never again!" This book is a rarity: A "Secrets of" book that actually provides you with useful tactics that you can employ in daily life and business. In fact, the knowledge you gain from this book will come in just as handy in everyday situations, like buying a car or setting your kid's allowance, as it will when your business' survival is at stake. While the secrets themselves can be reduced to common-sense approaches, many are intuitively brilliant, like the advice to psychically flinch when you hear the other side's first offer. We [...] recommend Dawson's insider insights to all readers, because everyone can benefit by negotiating a better deal.
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While the market is flooded with books on how to pitch, sell, wrangle and close a deal, this book rises well above most of them. Author Roger Dawson takes salespeople step by step through the economic and psychological aspects of successful negotiating. Expertly and conversationally written, and strategically structured, this book actually delivers what its title promises: plenty of secrets about power negotiating. View your job in sales as a chess game you can control because you know the rules, from the opening gambit to the power plays in the middle, to the all-important close. If you've read Dawson's Secrets of Power Negotiating, you'll find a good bit of repetition here, but even when he cites the same gambits, he discusses using them to make sales. You only need to read one of the two books, but we [...] say make it this one if you're in sales. Learn these gambits, so you can say, "Checkmate."
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