How to Negotiate a Better Future – Part One

How to Negotiate a Better Future – Part One

March 28th, 2014 | Posted in Art & Society, Education

Eyes on the Future by Good and Coloumn FiveNegotiations between people, between companies and between countries are going to be the driving force in solving the world’s biggest problems of our generation. From the environment, to trade, to diplomacy, and ensuring that we don’t destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons – negotiations will play a key role in absolutely everything. Here’s a more in-depth look at just how important negotiations are in many of the aspects that keep our world turning.

Along with taking a big-picture look at each of these situations, we’ll also break it down and look at what we can take away from each situation to help us in our own lives. Most of us will never have to negotiate nuclear treaties or sit across the table from an angry world leader, but these takeaway tips can help to improve our own lives.

Globalized Trading Opportunities

With a global economy and opportunities all around the world, people from all backgrounds are doing business together every second of every day. Negotiation skills play a huge role in the success of global trade. It’s not hard to overcome a language barrier in this day and age, but it is very difficult to overcome a negotiations barrier. When it comes to trade negotiations, each national representative has a very clear- cut objective and that’s to reduce trade barriers and to slant things in favor of their own nation. An example of negotiations not going incredible smoothly are the Doha round negotiations at the WTO.

Sometimes, negotiations will be outpaced by technology and the economy, so large businesses will put their own interests ahead of the interests of their country, and everyone else on this planet. If WTO negotiation results were implemented immediately, there wouldn’t be time for lobbyists to muddy up the waters as much.


Keep an open mind.

Don’t forget that other cultures may see the world differently than you. Whether you’re on vacation and trying to book a room or just trying to get help from a call center, patience goes a long way into ultimately getting your way – and that’s the best kind of negotiation.

Remember in your day to day life that just like the representatives of large nations, people will typically look out for themselves and their loved ones, and you will be doing the same – but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to reach common ground.

Nuclear Agreements & Treaties

Some countries have been allowed to have nuclear weapons and others have not. Negotiations, when it comes to nuclear agreements, are very difficult and incredibly important. When nuclear power is involved, we’re talking about something that can absolutely devastate an entire region in an instant if there’s an accident, or something that can completely destroy a nation if it’s used in an attack.


“Mutually assured destruction” is a phrase used to describe why rational countries are very careful with their nuclear programs. Any rational nation realizes that it’s better to find another solution to a problem than to have both nations destroy one another.

Have you ever had an immature co-worker or friend who seems to live by the rule “If I can’t get what I want, nobody can!” Often times in negotiations, it’s much more beneficial to reach a compromise rather than to reach a stalemate that harms both parties. In other words, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

|| Written by Mary Ann Keeling ||
Mary Ann is a writer and a blogger from Brisbane who likes to share her passion for the future through her writing.

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