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7 Negotiation Skills Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to help you assess your negotiation skills.

You are given two statements in answer to each question. Circle the letter
which is most representative of your feelings, where:

A and E are closest to the different statements

B and D less close but still reflect your feelings

C is the middle between the two statements.

Answer each question as quickly and honestly as you can.

1  To what extent do you prepare before a negotiation?

To a great extent A B C D E To a little extent

2  To what extent do you consider the position and issues of the


other party prior to the negotiation?

To a great extent A B C D E To a little extent

3  To what do you pay most attention when preparing for a


negotiation?

The other party’s The other party’s


A B C D E
strengths weaknesses

4  How do you regard the process of negotiating?

One party wins,


A B C D E Both parties win
the other loses

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5  What should be the outcome of a negotiation?

A good result for your A good result for both


A B C D E
organization parties

6  Do you set clear objectives for a negotiation?

Always A B C D E Rarely

7  When negotiating do you hold fast to your objectives?

Always A B C D E Rarely

8  How often do you become impatient or lose your temper in


a negotiation?

To a great extent A B C D E To a little extent

9  Which do you do more of in a negotiation?

Talk A B C D E Listen

10  What do you feel about making concessions in a negotiation?

Recognize the
Don’t make
A B C D E principles of giving
concessions
and getting

11  How do you test assumptions in a negotiation?

Use open questions


Wait to hear what the
A B C D E to test
other party has to say
assumptions

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12  If you have spent some time negotiating, but are not
happy with the suggested outcome, how likely are you to reach
agreement during the meeting?

Very unlikely A B C D E Very likely

13  As you work to reach agreement, who usually sums up what


has been agreed along the way?

You A B C D E The other party

14  What do you do when you are in a negotiation and you


don’t understand something?

Ask questions to Let the matter pass


A B C D E
clarify the matter without saying anything

15  What do you do when you are in a negotiation and the


other party will not give anything away?

Feel that you’ve


Ask questions and
reached stalemate and A B C D E
explore possibilities
give up

17  How do you make concessions during a negotiation?

Make the concession


Make the concession
slowly and make it
early on in the A B C D E
look more significant
negotiation
than it is

18  When do you raise important issues during a negotiation?

Early on in the Towards the end of


A B C D E
negotiation the negotiation

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19  With whom do you feel happier negotiating?

Someone on the same Anyone, irrespective of


A B C D E
level as you title or position

20  How often do you invent options/new ideas in negotiations?

Frequently A B C D E Rarely

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How to score

Now transfer your scores to the grid below. Circle the appropriate score for
each letter you have chosen for each question.

Question A B C D E
1 Score 5 4 3 2 1
2 Score 5 4 3 2 1
3 Score 5 4 3 2 1
4 Score 1 2 3 4 5
5 Score 1 2 3 4 5

6 Score 5 4 2 2 1
7 Score 3 4 5 2 1
8 Score 1 2 3 4 5
9 Score 1 2 3 4 5
10 Score 1 2 3 4 5
11 Score 1 2 3 4 5
12 Score 5 4 3 2 1
13 Score 5 4 3 2 1
14 Score 5 4 3 2 1
15 Score 1 2 3 4 5
16 Score 1 2 3 4 5
17 Score 1 2 3 4 5
18 Score 5 4 3 2 1
19 Score 1 2 3 4 5

20 Score 5 4 3 2 1

Total

Total each column, then add the totals to arrive at a final score: ___________

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How to interpret your score

70–100 You are a good negotiator. You have a thorough understanding


of the skills and process of negotiation.

40–69 Your negotiation skills could be improved. Look at the questions


where you have a low score to identify the areas you need to work on.

1–39 You need to develop a better understanding of the process and skills
of negotiating effectively. To help you, look at the ideal response.

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Ideal response

1. To what extent do you prepare before a negotiation?

2. To what extent do you consider the position and issues of the other party
prior to the negotiation?

• To a great extent – the best negotiators thoroughly assess the


position of both parties before they begin negotiating.

3. To what do you pay most attention when preparing for a negotiation?

• Effective negotiators pay particular attention to the other party’s


strengths and to their own weaknesses.

4. How do you regard the process of negotiating?

5. What should be the outcome of a negotiation?

• A negotiation is not a competition, neither is it total co-operation.


A negotiation has to be fair. If you try to make it competitive you
will damage your relationship with the other party. A successful
outcome will mean a win/win situation for both sides.

6. Do you set clear objectives for a negotiation?

7. When negotiating do you hold fast to your objectives?

• Effective negotiators always set objectives prior to the negotiation.


They never lose sight of them during a negotiation. However, they
are flexible in their approach and are prepared to produce new
ideas.

8. How often do you become impatient in a negotiation or lose your temper?

• Never lose your temper or become impatient in a negotiation. It


gives advantage to the other side.

9. Which do you do more of in a negotiation?

• You should listen more than talk in negotiations.

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10. What do you feel about making concessions in a negotiation?

• Making concessions helps both parties move towards agreement.


Remember the principles of give and get.

11. How do you test assumptions in a negotiation?

• Use open questions to test assumptions.

12. If you have spent some time negotiating, but are not happy with the
suggested outcome, how likely are you to reach agreement during the
meeting?

• Do not reach agreement unless you are happy with the terms. You
can reconvene at a later date if you are not happy.

13. As you work to reach agreement, who usually sums up what has been
agreed along the way?

• Make certain that you sum up what has been agreed as you work
through the negotiation. This helps keep track of progress.

14. What do you do when you are in a negotiation and you don’t understand
something?

• Always ask if you are uncertain about what has been said.

15. What do you do when you are in a negotiation and the other party will
not give anything away?

• Do not give up if the other party will not give in. Summarize the
issues/areas where you have reached agreement. Ask questions
and invent options.

16. What are your feelings towards conflict in a negotiation?

• Do not expect not to encounter conflict in negotiations. It is healthy


and it should be aired.

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17. How do you make concessions during a negotiation?

• Do not make concessions too early in a negotiation. Make them


slowly and make them seem as though you are giving away more
than you are.

18. When do you raise important issues during a negotiation?

• Raise important issues early on in a negotiation while you are still


fresh.

19. With whom do you feel happier negotiating?

• If you have done your preparation, you should feel happy to


negotiate with anyone at any level.

20. How often do you invent options/new ideas in negotiations?

• By inventing options and putting forward new ideas you move the
negotiation forward.

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