If you are a good negotiator you will get a long way in life!
To negotiate something is to get the best deal for you or for someone else. When you are offered a job you may have to negotiate your contract, including things like how much money you will be paid and how much holiday you will be allowed.
These are important things and require negotiations. You may also hear of countries and world leaders negotiating treaties and agreements to make sure they get a good deal.
If you aren’t a good negotiator, there are people that can do this sort of thing for you! Most people get their lawyers or solicitors to handle important negotiations with authorities because these people have studied extensively so that they can get the best deal for their clients. That, in turn, is why they earn a lot of money to do so.
Negotiating isn’t about shouting at each other, you have to keep a cool head and sometimes compromise on your demands.
Brad: Okay, Carmen, we need to negotiate here, we are not getting anywhere.
Carmen: Brad, your offer is completely unfair. You need to increase the compensation for my client.
Brad: That’s impossible! You must lower your offer. This is not good negotiation.
Carmen: I don’t care what you think, you have my final offer.