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How to Deliver Bad News

A popular way to deliver bad news is the “Sandwich Approach,” and frankly, we’ve found that it doesn’t work. If you’re not familiar with the Sandwich Approach, it goes like this. You start off by saying something positive (bread). Then you say something negative (meat) and end on a positive note (bread). In the Harvard […]

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Posted on September 20, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Building Vision

Stalled Car

What Causes a Negotiation to Stall?

When an average negotiator talks about what’s stalling a negotiation, they’ll start complaining. They’ll say how their adversaries are stubborn, idiotic, difficult, uncooperative, greedy, or manipulative. Many people think that the problem is “the other person.” They may not admit this, but that’s often what they’re thinking and complaining about. The other person is the […]

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Posted on August 8, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Decision Making, Mission & Purpose (M&P)

Avoid a Negotiation Mistake (that 90% of Businesses Make)

Todd Camp offered his secrets of high-stakes negotiations as a guest on “The Sales Reinvented Podcast” with Paul Watts. Todd and Paul covered: Why people don’t like to negotiate (2:13) How to plan for high-stakes negotiations (3:17) Attributes of a good negotiator (5:15) Todd reveals a successful negotiation tool (Don’t miss this!) (6:27) Todd’s “Top […]

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Posted on July 23, 2019 by Camp Systems

This Is a Way to Influence Someone in Minutes

Written by Stuart van Rij, Camp Negotiation Coach Speed Read: Michael V. Pantalon, Yale psychologist, developed six questions that will help you influence someone. This method worked in seven minutes, and when the people were semi-inebriated. Why? Rather than forcing your opinions and ideas, you’ll help the other person tap into their own reasons for […]

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Posted on June 24, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Influence, Motivate, Questions

How to Safely Land on the Moon

The successful lunar landing of 1969 was an example of an effective decision-making process. Although we remember that perfect landing, the capability to make millions of decisions got them to the moon, and that’s the genius. The ability to string together many decisions is the heart of negotiation. Most importantly, effective decision-making can be learned. […]

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Posted on May 31, 2019 by Camp Systems

How To Stop Lying In Business and Everyday Life

Written by Allan Tsang, Camp Negotiation Coach Picture this. You are a supplier that recently signed a big contract with a critical customer. It’s a massive win for your company. There’s only one problem: you have issues with your own suppliers. The first two orders to this customer were late, and now it looks like […]

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Posted on May 6, 2019 by Camp Systems

ASking Questions

How Many Questions Should You Ask?

A popular strategy in negotiation and sales training is to ask many questions. Most people believe that asking more questions will: Get you information that’s more accurate, recent, and relevant. Decrease the likelihood of making mistakes. Confirm your assumptions. Stop here because the impulse behind this advice is wrong. First, let me clarify that asking […]

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Posted on March 28, 2019 by Camp Systems

Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes of a Negotiation

We want to bring you in the trenches and give you an insider view of a negotiation. This event really happened. We take you step-by-step through our thinking and process and cover: * The trigger that opens wallets * Two dangerous emotions and how to stop them * The one thing you must do before you […]

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Posted on March 12, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Case Studies, Mission and Purpose

How to Avoid Fight, Flight, and Compromise in Negotiation

There are many misconceptions about the Camp System of Negotiation. Some people never read past the introduction in our books and mistakenly assume we teach one of these approaches: Adversarial or anti-collaborative. End the negotiation when either party says no. “Lose-lose” or “win-lose” because we don’t hold stock in “win-win.” If you believe that the […]

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Posted on February 18, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Agreement, Compromise

How to Ask Better Questions

Young children may not be the savviest negotiators, but we can learn a valuable lesson from them. A child’s curiosity in their early years compels them to ask questions about everything. These questions help them understand the world that takes shape around them. It’s a shame that we tend to lose that spark as adults. Why […]

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Posted on January 31, 2019 by Camp Systems

Posted in Building Vision, Decision Making, Questions