Who’s going to negotiate your contract: you or a professional? Lawyer Scott Roman – at a recent AGA Regional Practice Skills Workshop – explained that answering this question early on can help ensure you maximize your contract benefits. His advice for any negotiation is keep to the following in mind:
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. Employers know when you’re winging it.
- Gain leverage. The more offers you have, the more leverage.
- Give yourself adequate time to negotiate.
- Establish your objectives and anticipate objectives of the employer.
- Determine the best case, worst case, and most likely scenario before you start negotiating.
- Try to define nonnegotiable issues.
- Try to get something each time you give something.
- Don’t negotiate against yourself.
- Keep cool and remember that these are people you may have to work with.
- Be flexible.
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