Hey guys! It’s a special episode of #OS! This one’s titled GOAL-SETTING AND THE ART OF NEGOTIATION. Dr. Shogo‘s class is coming up in a few days on these two important topics. Do you know you can plan your entire 2018 ahead now? You don’t have to wait till January 2018. And guys, like my coach would say (that’s Dr Shogo, by the way), “goals and new year resolutions are not the same, don’t get it twisted!”
This class will help you learn how to negotiate properly – with time, your bosses; help you with strategies for meeting deadlines, dealing with people in marketing and sales, meet targets, etc.
Do yourself one last favour before the year runs out! Register for this class! For enquiries, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll let you get to the stories now!
Skirt walked in with a cup of coffee in hand, humming.
“When did you start drinking coffee… and you’re humming, what’s up?” Bubble Gum asked her, one eyebrow raised.
“Coffee’s for you, my sweet partner. I just feel fulfilled this morning, I thought I’d celebrate by buying you a cup.” Skirt replied, beaming at Bubble Gum
“What happened? Did one of your personal jobs pay? ‘Cause if that’s the case, you’ll be buying me more than coffee.”
Skirt burst out laughing, “No jor. Remember that client MD’s been saying we need to get in our corner? He arranged for me to meet him this morning.”
“Oh. Buttons said she’s worked with him before. That he’s a really difficult person to work with… but obviously you fared well…” Bubble Gum raised her eyebrow again.
“I fared very well, in fact. All I did was draw up a plan of some sort for his big idea. Broke the entire thing into tiny tasks we will start carrying out soon. Then I helped him understand all the things we can and will do for him in the process. Theennnn I did a lot of listening and made the entire thing about him and his goals, not about us… and guess what?!”
“What? He offered to employ you?”
“Funny you mention that! He joked about it; but no, I negotiated a huger deal than MD was expecting! We’re getting more money, baby!”
“How much more?” Bubble Gum asked, feeling envious.
“Let’s just say enough for me to negotiate a raise with the MD; or at least a huge bonus!” Skirt said, beaming now more than before.
Bubble Gum was starting to sulk, “you need to teach me this your negotiation skills o.”
“Easy… let the person who taught me teach you… heard of THE PATHFINDER?” Skirt said as she showed Bubble Gum a LinkedIn profile on her phone.
“I messed up. Badly!” Red Tie was fiddling with his tie.
Blue Tie looked at him ready to burst into laughter, but sees that Red was serious. “What did you do… or not do?”
“Remember that florist lady I’d been trying to meet so I can talk to her about some promotions?”
“Yes? Oh wow Red, what did you do?! She’s way older…”
“Stop! Nothing close to that. I saw her having like a chill time at that new restaurant close to my crib, yeah? Because I’d been trying to get hold of her for a while, I decided to approach her there and then to talk to her about the stuff I had in mind.”
“Wrong move… I heard she discusses business only at the office…”
“I know! I know it was wrong timing, probably even the wrong venue… I was just desperate, sort of.”
“Did you at least get to pitch your idea to her?”
“That’s the “messed up badly” part. Maybe it was ‘cause of her standoffish manner, I tried to rush everything I had in my head… I forgot a bunch of stuff!” Red Tie was looking really dispirited at this point.
“Oh man! I’m sorry to hear about all of this. Did you at any point before yesterday write down the ideas you had… you know, in case you ever got a hold of her to pitch?” Blue Tie asked.
“Write? No I didn’t. Even if I did, would I have been carrying a notepad around?” Red Tie was starting to get irritated.
“Relax, nobody said anything about carrying a notepad. There’s just something about writing your goals down – that connection between your hand and your brain, it helps things stick. Alternatively, you could have made notes on your phone…”
Red Tie was about to cut in…
“Lastly, concerning pitching to her and negotiating, you goofed. You didn’t bother to find out the kind of person you were meeting – her personality and hot buttons. Dude, this is where research is useful now, not only when you find hot girls you want to run after.” Blue Tie was trying to lighten the mood.
“I really did goof… the way I had it all planned, I was going to make double my salary in two weeks, if I got it all right.”
Blue Tie looked like he was going to punish him now, “see, those are the kinds of goofin’ you cannot be goofing o. I need you to join a class… and before you say you don’t have time, it’s an online class and it’s mighty convenient.”
Red Tie was looking at him like he had lost his mind, “you want me to join a class, you’re kidding right?”
“Nope. I’m not… you can join or you can lose more money AND lose confidence in front of a client… your choice.”
Red Tie was quiet now.
“Ever heard of The Pathfinder?”
Hey! Hope you enjoyed reading those, and you learned a few things!
#OS by yours truly, aims at bringing to life the different kinds of personalities, characters and all shades of incidents that occur in offices – some office-worthy, some not! BUBBLE GUM, RED TIE, SKIRT and BLUE TIE will be showing you all kinds of emotions that flow during interactions with colleagues, which we are pretty sure many of you will resonate with!
If you read one of #OS stories (or more) that gives you a “this is so my office people!” moment, share the stories with them, and feel free to share your stories in the comments section below!
Read #OS1 – MAKE AN APPOINTMENT here
Read #OS2 – BE MINDFUL here
Read #OS3 – MPs, MOODS & MONDAY MORNINGS here
Read #OS4 – BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE here
Read #OS5 – THE 10, 20, 30 RULE here
Read #OS6 – PUNCTUALITY here