Our lives include one negotiation after another. When we negotiate, we are attempting to obtain or bring about some end by way of discussion or other means, including non-verbal communication.
Negotiation is essentially a method by which people settle differences and a process by which compromise or agreement is reached while avoiding argument and dispute.
We negotiate daily, often without recognizing it to be a negotiation. When we’re kids, we are continually negotiating with our parents. How late can we stay up at night? What chores must we do? How much will our allowance be?
At school we negotiate relationships with our fellow students and with teachers. At our jobs we may negotiate with our bosses for raises or to get a plumb assignment or to pursue a particular project.
We negotiate when we make large purchases, such as cars or homes. And negotiation plays an important role in personal situations such as marriage, divorce, and parenting.
There are those who may even try to negotiate with God by praying and promising to act in a certain way if only God will answer their prayers.
The nature of negotiations may be political, diplomatic, social, legal, contractual, and even military.
Some people are very good negotiators. Others not so much. Our President, for example, considers himself to be a good negotiator. The best negotiator. Because he knows the best words and he’s very smart. Just ask him. He’ll be happy to tell you what a great negotiator he is.
I do wonder, though, if he’ll be able to negotiate his way into remaining President for too much longer.