Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

In the course, you’ll learn about and practice the four steps to a successful negotiation: prepare, negotiate, close, perform and evaluate.

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Interested in learning Successful Negotiation? This free online course form the University of Michigan is the best place to start.

Course description – Successful Negotiation

We all negotiate on a daily basis. On a personal level, we negotiate with friends, family, landlords, car sellers and employers, among others. Negotiation is also the key to business success. No business can survive without profitable contracts. Within a company, negotiation skills can lead to your career advancement.

I hope that you will join the hundreds of thousands of learners who have made “Successful Negotiation” one of the most popular and highly-rated MOOCs worldwide. In the course, you’ll learn about and practice the four steps to a successful negotiation:

  1. Prepare: Plan your negotiation strategy
  2. Negotiate: Use key tactics for success
  3. Close: Create a contract
  4. Perform and evaluate: The end game

To successfully complete this course and improve your ability to negotiate, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Watch the short videos (ranging from 5 to 20 minutes). The videos are interactive and they include questions to test your understanding of negotiation strategy and skills. You can speed up or slow down videos to match your preferred pace for listening. Depending on your schedule, you can watch the videos over a few weeks or you can binge watch them. A learner who binge-watched the course concluded that “It’s as good as Breaking Bad.” Another learner compared the course to “House of Cards.” Both shows contain interesting examples of complex negotiations!
  • Test your negotiation skills by completing the negotiation in Module 6. You can negotiate with a local friend or use Discussions to find a partner from another part of the world. Your negotiation partner will give you feedback on your negotiation skills. To assist you with your negotiations, I have developed several free negotiating planning tools that are related to the course. These tools and a free app are available at
  • Take the final exam. To successfully complete the course, you must answer 80% of the questions correctly. The exam is a Mastery Exam, which means that you can take it as many times as you want until you master the material.

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Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
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