Win 1-on-1 coaching on negotiation
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How many times a week do you negotiate? Chances are, it is more often than you think, but not nearly as often as you could be.
When we think of negotiation, a few common examples come to mind right away: Securing a higher salary in a new job, closing an important business deal with a customer, or asking for a discount on something we are purchasing for our home. Yes, those opportunities for negotiation are important, but there are many more we could be embracing.
In our work we can negotiate with colleagues for who will pick up coffee in the morning, or who will need to deliver bad news to the boss. We will also need to lead discussions on roles and responsibilities, who will work on the exciting new project, and what happens if expectations are not met. Those conversations may not revolve around money or contracts – but are still valuable negotiations.
In our personal lives we may negotiate with family to determine who is hosting dinner on Sunday night. We will also need to have discussions with caretakers for our parents to ensure they are getting adequate support. Perhaps we will even be meeting with administrators or teachers to sort out a misunderstanding at our children’s school. These conversations may not feel like negotiations, but are actually crucial discussions for us to be having.
Whether you are seeking a pay raise, a resolution on who is going to clean the kitchen, or access to in-demand healthcare, negotiation is a life skill that helps you get more of what you want, creating even greater impact for your business, life and community.
What change will you create this week?
To help you build your negotiation skills, Empower Women is teaming up with the negotiation consulting firm advantageSPRING to bring you the opportunity to win a 1-on-1 coaching session. You will have an opportunity to speak with an expert to gain insight on strategy, polish your approach, and shore up your confidence – so that you can negotiate like a pro.
How to apply?
Submit a brief essay (500-1,000 words) on the topic Negotiate with Impact, responding to one of these three questions:
1) Tell us about a time you either failed to negotiate (when you should have) or when you tried to negotiate and didn’t achieve the result you were looking for.
2) Share your proudest achievement in work or life, and what you have learned from it.
3) Let us know where you aspire to be, and what you want to achieve with your newfound negotiation skills. How will you use them to transform your life, and impact your community?
Rules of the contest:
All applicants are required to be a registered member of Empower Women.
- Must focus on the topic mentioned above.
- Must be your original work.
- Can be no longer than 1,000 words, and no shorter than 500 words.
- Can be in either Arabic, English, French or Spanish.
- Must be written in first person (I or we).
- Cannot be published elsewhere.
- Must be non-fiction and follow the form of a blog, memoir or essay. This means that we want real stories about real life from you.
The essay will be published as a blog on Empower Women so by submitting your essay, you agree to have it published and accessible for viewing by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
The selection process
The applications will be evaluated as follows:
- Empower Women Team Members will read every single essay to create a short list of essay finalists based on the criteria list above.
- The Contest Committee will then review the short list and rate them on the basis of the following criteria:
- Original voice
- Unique style
- Fresh point of view
- Descriptive language
- "Realness" of your story. Write from your heart!
- Interesting ideas
- Valuable content and/or research incorporated into the essay
- Clear presentment of the topic
- Peer impact
- Strong writing and analysis skills
- On 10 July 2016, we will announce the winner(s) of the private online coaching session.
How to submit:
Please share your essay here (see orange Share Your Story button).
Please remember to complete all the fields.
Deadline: 30 June 2016 midnight EDT.