When I was younger, I found it quite difficult to amicably settle contentious issues and I always sought to have things my way. I was not alone as some of my friends and family members were taken advantage of other people who had to loan money from them and they end up arguing endlessly and not coming up with an arrangement that works for both of them. Some of them struggled in reasoning with those people who owed them and end up feeling abused. After watching the video on negotiation, I have come to understand the need for negotiation skills, realizing its pragmatic value in both personal and professional spheres. “ Negotiating skills explains the principle of exchange and gives you the confidence and skill to conduct negotiations and achieve a mutually acceptable outcome. ” (Hindle 1998, p.
5). There are effective ways of settling conflict where the wants of two people are contradictory. Basically, a solution that both of them can accept and be grateful about, must be sought. However, there are times when negotiation is not effective. The seminar pointed out that preparing before the negotiation session is necessary to be keenly aware of the issues that need to be tackled.
Lack of knowledge is likely to create misunderstanding, confusion, and failure in negotiation. I suggest that future seminars provide typical situations in which negotiations are useful; this is to make it easier to relate to when negotiation is called for. Skills practice sessions may also be considered to make the seminar more effective. Week 8: Stress As human beings, we all have that motivation to enjoy life and attain success and happiness.
Due to such drive, we are often pressured to become good at everything. When we allow ourselves to unconstructively face such pressure, stress will take its toll on us. “ Not all stress, however, is bad for people. Most people need a certain level of ‘ positive stress’ or ‘ pressure’ in order to perform well the tasks allotted to them. It is the negative stress or ‘ distress’ that diminishes the quality of life and causes injury to health” (Stranks 2007, p. 390).
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