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Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson

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Chapter 46Negotiating Characteristics ofAmericans

Let’s first look at the characteristics of the typical American who negotiates with non-Americans, and then in the following chapter we’ll look at the characteristics of foreign negotiators. We Americans tend to be very direct in our communications. We use expressions such as “What’s your bottom line?” or “How much profit would you make at that figure?” Or we try to shift the emphasis of the negotiations by saying, “Let’s lay our cards on the table,” or “Let’s wrap this one up tonight.” We, “Tell it like it is,” “Shoot from the hip,” and try to “Hit the nail on the head.” We seldom, “Beat around the bush.” Although I recommend this kind of directness when negotiating with other Americans because ...

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