Teen Entrepreneurship

How To Win Any Negotiation

Negotiation is key to success in any entrepreneurial situation. To many, the word “negotiation” is immensely intimidating.

1. When to answer the question

Every negotiation is going to have a guiding question. This seems simple enough to think about, but sometimes a negotiation can be easily confused with a disagreement or a flat-out argument. Understanding when you’re actually negotiating rather than arguing is key. Let’s look at the definition of both words.

Negotiation: a bargaining or mutual discussion of terms

Argument: a verbal fight or presentation of need for support, an altercation

When we separate the definitions out, it becomes blatantly clear that an argument should be avoided. You aren’t looking to the person you are negotiating with for support: you’re looking to get your mission heard. This sounds intense, but patience is key.

Now that you know you’re in a negotiation, you probably know what question has led you to enter this compromise. If you know you are going into such a compromise, such as if you are preparing to go to a car dealership, figure out what questions you want answered upfront. That way, you won’t feel *as* pressured to answer questions that you know are manipulative once you are discussing.

2. When to show your confidence

Confidence is crucial when negotiating. Self-deprecating humor can weaken your argument immensely, and while it might be a comfortable way to resolve tension when you can’t seem to get the other party to budge with your idea, use known and PROVEN facts about what you’re trying to show. Doing this will naturally boost your self-confidence, and make sure that you are making your equivocator feel confident as well. You don’t want to support their side entirely (that would entirely weaken your claim, right?), but be patient and listen until they finish their statement before jumping to a conclusion or assuming what they will say next.

3. When to show your empathy

This leads me into my next thought: show your empathy. Be a good listener. Do your best to connect with the negotiator, even when they are being repetitive or presenting questionable truths. The fine line between negotiating and arguing can also be found in where empathy is shown. If close-mindedness to the other party’s opinions is shown, then very little will really end up being resolved.

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Fashion, Trends, Tech · Teen Entrepreneurship

What Do Stellar Youtube Channels Need?

YouTube is so popular nowadays that it comes as little to no surprise that it’s captured the imagination of millions of young entrepreneurs. YouTube is the perfect platform a teen entrepreneur could ask for in growing his/her brand: famous names, easy recognition, and a fun community that is highly engaged once it’s captured. Many teens dream of becoming “famous Youtubers” off of their content, and believe me, I get it: I’m one of them!

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Personal Life · School+Learning · Uncategorized

My Last DECA Banquet!

Wow! It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flied these past 4 years. I mean it when I say that it feels like it’s only been maybe a year at most since I joined DECA, but at the same time it’s become something that I identify with myself. Whenever someone says anything about DECA, it becomes my first instinct to jump in!

To say the least, I’ve shed a lot of very, happy tears over this organization. The people that I’ve met during my time as a DECA member are among my group of lifelong connections, and I am mesmerized by the opportunities I’ve discovered during my membership. However, what I wanted to do today was share our chapter’s banquet.

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School+Learning

15 Things To Do Before High School Ends

Ace a test you studied forever for

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as knowing you really earned the grade you got. Taking amazing notes and drawing Venn diagrams and creating flowcharts all accounts to something in the end as you realize just how great it is to get an A on that test. Plus, seeing your parents get excited about your great grade makes it all worth it!

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Literature · Personal Life

Great Books in My Wattpad Library

Good morning, Lovelies! Today, I’ve been dying to share some great reads that I have loved on Wattpad since making an account two years ago. (I have another book post coming up with Sara Patrizia at Sara’s Chapters in the next few weeks though so get ready for that!) I am always astounded by the kind of talent and humor you can find on the website and I just adore walking into Barnes and Noble to see that some of the authors discovered on Wattpad have published their books for the world to read. Goals man, goals.

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Personal Life · School+Learning

9 Things to Do Before 9 AM

Good morning (or afternoon I should say), Lovelies!

A while back in my Smashbook journal I wrote myself a little list of nine things that I should try to complete before 9AM daily, and thankfully I’ve won myself quite a bit of time this summer by following through on a good deal of it. Firstly, let me share some serious benefits that I’ve noticed which yes, I will write in a “little list” as well… (and get this, each of the 9 items has a list OF ITS OWN) I’m informally dedicating this post to all of my fellow list-lovers out there…

-Productivity: These 9 things are proven effective in boosting productivity by the results of many top executives and CEOs who try to incorporate these same steps into their daily lives. There is a sense of “oh yeah, empowerment” that I definitely feel when I’ve taken care of something in the morning that makes me want to continue being productive for the rest of the day.

-Comfort: Rather than stress about not getting enough exercise or being disconnected from your inner being, doing something before 9AM that is productive will give you a sense of alleviation that will continue with you for the rest of the day.

-Confidence: Getting things done leaves a feeling of success circulating through your bloodstream that will keep a momentum and positive attitude flowing  in your veins all day.

So if you aren’t convinced yet, I don’t know what to tell you!

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