What Effort And Cost For The Preparation Of A Conversation Or Negotiation Are Justified?For the sake of clarity: No legal advice!
The effort to prepare a conversation or negotiation
If you expect something from a conversation, it pays off to prepare accordingly. With a good conversation, a lot can be achieved and investments are worthwhile. So far, so good. Which effort exactly is worthwhile?
Not every conversation requires extensive preparation. However, some preparation is good for every conversation. What effort is recommended is a matter of importance, effort, opportunities, and risks. Investing requires thoughtful decisions. Why do more than necessary?
Conversations can have different goals; inform, inspire, clarify, … In a successful conversation, it is possible to mutually communicate the perspectives and options and to find a common solution. After a good conversation, the participants are happier than before.
Good communicators are ready to make their contribution to a successful conversation and create the conditions for it.
Sometimes a short note is enough to prepare you, and sometimes it takes a lot of effort to take a closer look at the risks and opportunities. Sometimes even considerable investments in time and financial resources pay off.
Not every person has professional support or the financial means to do so. But carelessness is often the reason why good preparation is omitted. To limit the damage later, often great effort is required. Again, the rule applies: investments want to be evaluated in the ratio of cost to result.
Which effort is worthwhile for the preparation of a conversation is to be answered individually. However, if you expect something from a conversation, it is worth preparing.
Communication can be very easy. But often it is not. Sometimes we say things and then later notice from the reaction of our conversation partners that they seem to have spoken to someone completely different. I didn't say that with the best will in the world. - Or did I say that after all?
More or less consciously, conversations are about convincing other people of something - be it a special offer, your personality, a perspective, or a necessity. If this doesn't happen fast enough and above all not exactly to the point and descriptively, the person we are talking to quickly loses interest, and we lose the hoped-for opportunity. — Conversation failed.
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Where to put your hands in conversations and during presentations? Just put your hands in your trouser pockets and the problem is solved. Many inexperienced speakers think this is quite a good idea. I (and most of the audience) don’t think it’s so good. Why? This question will be answered.
Published: May 11, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 20th, 2023
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