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Dave Hill – Funny Negotiations

Why Use Humor in Negotiations?

To illustrate this I want to share a crazy story of when I was on a diving expedition with the Australia Queensland Museum Divers. They were exploring a historic shipwreck called the Pandora on the Great Barrier Reef (The ship that captured the “Mutiny on the Bounty” sailors).

A healthy sense of humor is a powerful tool for dealing with conflict. When people are laughing, it is very difficult for them to be angry. You are derailing the train of negative thought. Imagine the relief you feel when someone makes a humorous comment during a tense negotiation meeting. Another very important thing I have learned along my life journey is to push my emotions aside and put myself in their shoes. If I was who they are, how would I feel and act? The third and equally important thing is to evaluate all the options. Think creatively on how a mutually acceptable alternative can be achieved.

Enjoy the video…I am proud of this moment…but don’t tell my mum!

This is a series of blog articles and brief videos on “Finding the Funny – Learn the Step-By-Step-Process to Develop and Deliver Humor & Funny Stories & Incorporate into Serious Content.” The blogs are excerpts from my e-learning course (see link on right) which includes:

  • Over 16 lessons
  • Over 8 hours of video instruction
  • Activities and quizzes to complement each lesson
  • Downloadable worksheets and templates
  • 12 month access to course updates and additions

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