The importance of negotiation skills training is talked about all the time. But is it really that important? There are at least two ways to get good at improving your negotiation skills without visiting a negotiation seminar.
Books about negotiation can be a real treasure chest when it comes to negotiation skills. The authors have often spend considerable amounts of time not just assembling a collection of the most powerful ways negotiation methods, but also have invested a lot of effort into presenting them in the most effective way possible.
Online courses can contain interactive multimedia training, quizzes and so on. What's more, they are often created by professional coursework designers and utilize accelerated learning techniques. This is important because you will get both an intellectual, logical understanding of methods, and at the same time it will be a lot easier for you to integrate these behaviors into your everyday communications and make it your second nature.
The biggest advantage of actually going to a negotiation skills training workshop is that you get to interact with real people and can practice your newly acquired negotiation techniques with somebody that can give you instant feedback. But quiet honestly, the best way to get this kind of experience is to negotiate in the real world - there are countless opportunities everywhere you go.
It is not advisable to try a new negotiation tactic on a major business deal for the first time, but simply start applying this negotiation tactic in situations where the outcome is not that important. You could just go into an electronics store and negotiate about the price of a plasma TV, or a car dealership and bargain about the price. These are the best training environments, because you'll get real-life experience from people who are professional negotiators.