Thursday, November 27, 2008

Negotiating : Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of myself and everyone at Negotiating For A Living , we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

James Gage

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Negotiating: The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing

National Radio Debut

"The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing"

Event Info
Brian Higgins & James Gage

Time and Place

Saturday, November 29, 2008
9:00am - 10:00am
XM Satellite Radio Channel 169


Hello All:
James Gage here, with a quick note to invite you my national radio debut on " The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing" - the details are below...

See ya there.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

XM Satellite Radio Channel 169

"Mind Yo Business Radio Program. AKA MYB Talk w/ Brian Higgins"

Time : 9 AM, EST

Topic : " The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing

Friday, November 7, 2008

Negotiating: Negotiating Your Salary in a Troubled Economy

It's time for your annual review with the boss, which means talking with your boss about a possible raise, a conversation that's rarely easy. A skittish economy doesn't make it any easier, with companies scaling back on hiring and spending. But take heart, salary negotiations should be handled with care and skill, but they don't have to be a burden.

Here are a few steps to make you successful in your salary negotiations…

1. Create a "mission and purpose" before entering the conversation. Your mission and purpose shouldn't be focused on more money; instead, concentrate on how you can benefit your employer, says Jim Camp, negotiation coach and author of "No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home." "When they [employees] are really driven by their mission and purpose for their employer, their value will be so great, the employer will promote them and give them pay raises without them asking," Camp explains. He says it's easier than ever to get a raise by defining a mission and purpose, because it's what employers want, but very few workers do it.

2. Track your success. Employees should keep careful records of their accomplishments throughout the year, including paper files and emails that clearly show how they performed in relation to their goals..

3. Know your market value. Research what others in your position earn, and find out if you're up against any obstacles, Camp says. "Has the company just laid off employees? Is there new management in the wings? Know all issues that might keep your boss from giving you a raise. State each problem clearly and ask your boss how these problems might be solved," he explains.

4. Consider where you stand with your manager. "If the average raises are 2 percent and you are asking for 4 [percent], you better know that your manager really loves you," Rosenberg says.

5. Show respect. This means respect for yourself, your boss, and the negotiation! Go into the conversation accepting you can't guarantee an outcome, but knowing you can control your approach. If you exercise respect, the negotiation at least won't tarnish your reputation or make things worse.

How you handle yourself in a difficult conversation is where people really measure what they think of you -- your character is formed there!

6. Leave the script at home. While it's smart to prepare, sounding rehearsed can be a turnoff to your boss, so I suggest people go in assuming a lot of uncertainty, and have tactics to deal with uncertainty, rather than trying to guarantee how a situation will go. Scripting what you say will make the counterpart feel like [he or she isn't] supposed to be a party to the conversation," she says.

7. Think long-term. Canter says the savviest employees focus on opportunities, not just money. Think carefully about what you want besides more money. Troubled economies provide opportunities for employees to take on new work and potentially develop new skills and visibility. Think about what kinds of skill and experience you need to make yourself more marketable at this job or another and be prepared to suggest new or additional assignments in lieu of, or in addition to, more money."